Born in South Africa, Tracy now lives in the leafy, outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She is passionate about clay, but tries to manipulate it as little as possible, allowing it to find its own expression. Hand building allows her to explore and experiment with what might happen when the clay is stretched and torn, or squished and pierced. Many of her pieces are the result of this playful process of discovery and no two pieces are the same.
Tracy uses a variety of clays including black clay from the UK, white stoneware clay from Australia, terracotta – the clay of choice in Africa, and the groggy, textured clay reminiscent of the Japanese aesthetic. All these cultures influence her work on a conscious and unconscious level.