Tracey Baker (born 1972, Newport, South Wales). A former professional in the care sector and a qualified riding instructor, now working as a ceramic artist from her studio in Cardiff. After taking a ceramic night class she returned to university and has gained her BA Honours Ceramics degree from Cardiff Metropolitan Univrsity (Howard Gardens).
Her primary focus is the creation of ceramics with sculptural applications, she considers both the nature of ceramics as a medium and its ability to address specific topics alongside hints within the text that acompanies her work. The understanding of materials, process and historical ceramic practice has a strong influence on the evolution of her work.
Her current work is inspired by the horses she trains and owns. It concerns itself with the close relationship with man throughout history and the role of horse in society today and the fact that the horse is facing one of its toughest periods in history.
She captures this fragility perfectly by utilising clays versatility and her ability to draw on her extensive knowledge of the horse.
2011 The Model house,Bull Ring,Llanrtrisant,Pontyclun,Mid Glamorgan.
Selected Group exhibitions
2013 August 1st to 5th September Joint exhibition with Julia Harris at Erwood Craft Station, Erwood, Powys.
2012 Butetown Historical Arts Centre Exhibition, 4 Bute street, Cardiff Bay.
2012 New Designers Exhinition, London
2012 Adamsdown Community Project, Cardiff Library, The Hayes.
2011 Barry Library, end of year exhibition in association with Barry College, Vale of Glamorgan.
2011 Big Little City, Cardiff Library, The Hayes.
2010 Craft in the Bay ,summer second year student exhibition in association with Barry College, Vale of Glamorgan.
2010 Oriel Queens Hall Gallery, High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
2009 Theatre Brycheino, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys.
2009 Brynmawr House Exhibition, Brynmawr Country Park, Bridgend.
2009 Craft in the Bay ,summer second year student exhibition in association with Barry College, Vale of Glamorgan.
2009 The Cheltenham Festival, by kind permission of David Dent.
2008 The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff
2008 Oriel Queen Hall Gallery, High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
2007-2012 Undertaken a number of commissions from people including horse portraits, signage and wedding items.