I am a maker and a storyteller. I create Art that makes me smile or think, so that others can do the same..” Trayci Tompkins
Conversations with her four-legged friends and a life enriched by having them around is a constant in Trayci’s life. Little wonder then that dogs on ‘designer chairs’, cats and birds feature strongly in her art-making. But it’s less about the breed of animal and more about the captured emotion and often hilarious antics that inspire each piece.
It’s the same kind of story-telling and satire that motivates the theatrical style figurines sparked by a love of Shakespeare’s fool, Cirque du soleil characters and Medieval Pageantry.
With a knowledge in pattern cutting and dress design, Trayci creates ‘Lino cut’ flat slabs of clay before they are cut into shapes and delicately assembled to create designer chairs and couches.
Figures in textured clay ‘costumes’ are created in much the same way. Her versatile sculpture clay blended with paper pulp allows her to fire to both high stoneware temperatures and vulnerable, fiery Raku.
Collectable ceramic sculpture pieces can be found in Private Collections and select Galleries. The recent purchase of ‘Donatella’ (It’s a dogs life series) by The Corobrick Collection has brought the artists work into the public collection at the Pretoria Arts Museum in Pretoria, South Africa. http://www.ceramicssa.org/Corobrik.html
Bespoke commissions for your pet sculpture or ‘It’s a dogs life’ series please feel free to contact the artist via email