Tracey Broome spent years designing theater sets and props. It is perhaps only fitting that her current work incorporates broken bits of stories and tales, scripted in a pallet of calm and serenity, capturing time and nostalgia while conveying a fragmented monolog of characters long forgotten
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Tracey Broome Artist Bio
I studied Interior Design in college, got a degree and spent the next twenty years working happily as a showroom designer for the furniture market in High Point, NC. I traveled all over the country setting up galleries for retail furniture stores and showrooms for markets in High Point, Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco. The furniture industry moved to China, I moved to Charlotte NC and got a job with the Charlotte Repertory Theater designing sets and props. I also started taking pottery classes at a local community studio and fell in love with clay. In 2005, my husband got a job with the Associated Press as a photographer and we moved to Chapel Hill. I continued taking classes, and worked as a studio assistant at local studios in exchange for studio and kiln time. A couple of years ago, I made two of my house forms for a show in Raleigh titled The North Carolina Landscape. My work sold and I entered two barns in a show at The Bascom in Highlands, NC. Both of those sold and people started asking for them. In 2011, I had my first solo show at the NC Crafts Gallery in Carrboro NC, I was accepted into the Chatham Artists Guild and the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. The Raleigh News and Observer did a feature on my houses/barns and I am now making them every day, five days a week to keep up with demand! I have a beautiful daughter in college at UNC School of the Arts film school, with a concentration in screenwriting and my husband is still traveling all over as a photographer for the Associated Press. We live in Chapel Hill NC, with a studio and gas kiln in the back yard. I have a good life!
Tracey Broome Artist Statement
My work as a clay artist is like keeping a personal journal. I work with clay because it is a way to re-create the things I see, things I love from my childhood, from my travels, from my ancestors. I use clay to convey my view of the world as I experience it. I want the viewer to connect with my art through his or her own personal experiences and memories. I hope that my work offers a chance for your mind to simply be, to experience something from within, a moment of contemplation.
I have chosen to work with clay because it allows me to record my experiences in a beautiful and lasting way. I primarily use terra sigilata and raku firing for my surface treatment because it has a painterly and tactile quality that I like and cannot achieve with more functional pottery glazes. I find that beauty and simplicity are a common thread in my work.
My current body of work is a record of fragments of thoughts, feelings and memories of my life. The colors evoke a sense of calm and serenity, the shapes and forms I love for their simplicity. These pieces tell a story, they offer rest for the eye and for the spirit. I try to capture in clay the things I feel and see in order to capture their power and their beauty, so that I can relive those images in my memory when they are no longer there. For me, creating art is as necessary as eating and breathing. It is a way for me to express things that I could never convey verbally. It is the energy of a moment in my life that I have experienced and wish to share in a visual way with others. It is a recording of my past and present life. I tell of my experiences through my art, not with written word, but with images in clay.