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Grey…is it a colour !

DON’T BE SHOCKED – I’M GOING GREY…  If you ask me about hairdressers, I’ll tell you they are my joy. Especially when you find a good one… or a tribe of them like I have. As an artist there is nothing better than having a hairstyle or colour to set you off on a creative…
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Connecting to Disconnection..

We are two weeks into our lock down here in South Africa and I’m starting to get a sense of disconnection. Many of you may have already felt this…For me, having worked for over a year alone in my studio, I’m quite used to being on my own. However, this is a different kind of…
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And a creative Covid-19 to you..

I’m no expert, but when it comes to the emotional well-being of creativity, I’m completely absorbed. I’ve learnt that a healthy creative spirit is vital to the well being of any artist.. So with the imminent lock down of our country within the next two days, I wanted to nudge in here to share some…
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Artist Authenticity..

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what motivates the art that we make, and how commercial artists can still retain sense of authentic self within a body of work they create.  For me, stepping back and taking a year away from ‘making Art to sell’ has been the most liberating things I could do…
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Painting stories..

Personal stories and experiences are like golden nuggets to artists. It’s where we go to for inspiration and meaning – adding stories to our paintings and ceramic work. So it is that loosing my special horse Big Al has finally started to show up in my painting on canvas and weaving its way into my…
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Embracing change..

Isn’t it exciting to see the evolution of an artist through the work they make? How meaningful trips to a desert or exploring a foreign culture for example, can reveal itself in the potters latest creations in clay, or how suddenly an artists’ colour palette will change from bold magenta to quiet blues after some…
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‘Oh the places we’ll go..’

OH THE PLACES WE’LL GO … OH THE PEOPLE WE’LL MEET ! was a poem I penned back in 2013 inspired by the wit of Dr Seuss for a naive clay sculpture I was working on of two figures embarking on a journey. Life does throw some interesting challenges at times.. and how often do…
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Creative Sabbatical …

Ever wondered how to invigorate your work or revitalise yourself as an Artist ? These are the things artist Trayci Tompkins ponders as she reflected on a recent creative Sabbatical… A good friend retires this month from a long serving career as an accountant.  I suggested she take a sabbatical in order to draw a…
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The Sacred Studio Space..

Artist Trayci Tompkins shares her thoughts on artist’s creative spaces with readers of the Ceramics Southern Africa Magazine. Having a studio to call your own doesn’t require tons of money, lots of space or even necessarily a door. As long as it’s your sacred place, that’s really all that matters. Kimberly Brooks (Huffington Post) 44-years-ago,…
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Your story is important..

Fine Art Gallery owner, Trayci Tompkins shares her thoughts on ‘celebrating your Artists’ story’ with readers of the Ceramics Southern Africa magazine. It was 12 years ago that I registered and trademarked our South African inspired ZULU LULU brand. A brand that evolved from our commercial ceramic studio label into a busy retail gallery space…
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