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
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 Pottery * 1800 W. Medalist, Pineville, Louisiana 71360 * (318) 640-9111 * 2010 - 2013 * firstname.lastname@example.org