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I have been creating cobalt blue and white decorative pottery for thirty years. Though I have a master's degree in painting, I have always been more fascinated with clay. Working with clay is much more direct, and I like the tactile quality of the clay. My wheel-thrown forms tend to be classically influenced, but they sometimes evolve into simpler, contemporary shapes. Each pot is decorated with floral designs using the sgraffito technique. After pots are dried, I apply ten coats of cobalt slip on the surface. The design is etched free-hand through the colored surface into the clay. All negative spaces between the flowers are then scraped away leaving the contrasting blue floral pattern against the white clay. I am drawn to textured surfaces and repetitive patterns, as I am influenced by fabric design and other decorative arts of Japan. My studies in wildlife management fostered a love for the flora of my home state of Louisiana. Most of the decoration of my work has been developed from my study of native plants. As I share my work, my desire is for the audience to enjoy the beauty of nature that enhances each piece, as well as the form and function of my pottery.
Ken Tracy
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