Tracy Keith

Tracy Keith

Raised in Tokoroa, Tracy Keith remembers the influence the pulp & paper timber industry on its largely Māori and Polynesian workforce. 

“When we follow work in industries like paper mills, smelters and freezing works it means we can’t always live by our tūrangawaewae (ancestral home), and this can lead to the deterioration of culture.” 

Keith stretches, pushes and moulds clay to create raku vessels with shapes and embellishments that evoke memories of whenua as well as of machine parts. 

Many of Keith’s vessels retain cracks and ruptures from the firing process and molten glazes and metallic hues give each vessel a unique character.

“My uneven surfaces are a reference to the weathered and layered structure of the land, as well as of industry as an intrusive entity.” 

Tracy Keith graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design.

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The Incantations of Hinetītama, 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 210mm H x 350mm Dia
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Te Ao; The Broken Light 2 , 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 285mm H x 320mm Dia
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Te Kore; The Great Nothingness, 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 220mm H x 300mm Dia
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Te Pō / The Darkness, 2022
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 180mm H x 300mm Dia
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Te Ao; The Broken Light , 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 230mm H x 280mm Dia
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Cluster Formation , 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 200mm H x 280mm Dia
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Te Mauri o Tāne; The Spirit of Tāne, 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 280mm H x 360mm W x 230mm D
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Te Whero; the separation that caused blood to flow , 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 275mm H x 330mm W x 160mm D
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The Deep Waters of Papatūānuku, 2022
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 280mm H x 430mm W x 200mm D
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Ao Mārama; world of life and light , 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 180mm H x 220mm Dia
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Atatū; just after sunrise, 2023
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 165mm H x 210mm W x 100mm D
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Rakaunui Vessel (Highest Phase), 2024
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 380mm H x 430mm W x 200mm D
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Whiro (Lowest Phase), 2024
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 175mm H x 220mm Dia
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Tamatea Vessel (Unpredictable Phase), 2024
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 320mm H x 330mm W x 200mm D
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Tangaroa Vessel (Productive Phase), 2024
  • raku-fired ceramic
  • 340mm H x 330mm W x 200mm D
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