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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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Every field needs a rest before a farmer can sow again…

Sarah West Ervin, in her blog on ways to stay motivated, describes losing the urge to create as “like a balloon from the previous weekend’s birthday party, slowly deflating, losing all motivation to do anything, let alone create.” Recently I felt my balloon losing its shape. Just as I began to panic, I remembered that…
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Small tweaks that make all the difference

Ceramic artist & entrepreneur Trayci Tompkins shares her thoughts on Business agility as an artist – with readers of the Ceramics Southern Africa magazine. Sometimes all it really takes is cutting off the ‘legs’ to make your jeans more wearable. I’ve just done that liberating act on a prized pair of England’s finest… and it…
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16 questions for Trayci

Chairperson of Ceramics Southern Africa Gauteng, Colleen Lehmkuhl  caught up with Trayci – whom she met in 2011 – and asked her about her influences, her passions and her techniques. Colleen: 1. Have you always wanted to work with clay? Trayci: I believe clay found me.. In a London Art school on my way to register for…
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This must be the place

This must be the place…

Talking Heads sang in their lyrics “And you may ask yourself… well how did I get here*” back in the 80’s, now clay artist Trayci Tompkins asks … and discovers, “this must be the place.” Having studied  Drama, Theatre and Marketing, it took a bit of courage when I first wrote ‘Artist’ on an official…
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The story teller

“I have always been a maker and a story teller..and have enjoyed a varied and somewhat inter-connected career .. first studying performing arts back in the mid eighties, then naturally progressing into the visual arts via a well loved career in print media. My father was a part time actor, my mother an artist. So I guess…
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Life lessons with Raku

In her ceramic firing experiments, Trayci has become a bit of a pyromaniac with scars to remind her of these exciting experimental times. “It was a tremendously exciting experimental time that taught me philosophical life lessons as an aside to the technique of things.  I was drawn to the drama and spontaneity of Raku firing.…
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