Hi, I’m Tracey. I grew up in Manchester before studying and graduating in 3-Dimensional Design from Brighton University. After completing my degree, where I majored in ceramics, I moved back home to the amazing city of Manchester. In 1996 I established my studio at the Manchester Craft & design centre in the city’s Northern Quarter. The Craft Centre has been like a second home to me and is still the most amazing place to work in.
When I first started I specialised in making porcelain vases and salt & pepper pots. This involved putting textures and bobbles on everything! My original pots were all bright contrasting colours and were decorated with checks, stripes, spots and stars. A lot of these features are still apparent in my designs today.
I love to make fiddly things so making jewellery was such a natural progression. My work developed from porcelain vases to porcelain pendants. My homemade jewellery designs all have a geometric theme, whether it is spots and stripes, or having things evenly spaced. Repetition is always apparent in my work. I thinks the maths ‘A’ level has a lot to answer for!