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Traci Beden-Tambussi
Cherry Hill, NJ
Pottery, Sculpture

Artwork Details
Small Vessels with Texture
9"h x 5"w, 8"h x5"w

Traci began working in clay in 1975 while still in high school and went on to earn an Associates of Fine Arts Degree from Camden County College in 1980 before transferring to Tennessee State University and earning a BFA with a concentration in clay in 1982. One highlight of her clay career was having Lark Books publish a picture of two of her bowls in their publication, 500 BOWLS in 2003.

She was a studio tech and adjunct faculty at Glassboro State College for many years, as well as an instructor at the Merchantville Art co-op and Parsons Center for the Arts. Recently, she taught a workshop at Cumberland County College, and she offers semi-private instruction through her own studio, Mud Alley Pottery. Her work has been displayed in museums and in galleries throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and Traci participates annually in various juried shows including the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival and the Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Crafts.

"I feel that we are profoundly affected by what surrounds us," says Traci. "As I have traveled my journey through life, my clay work has been influenced by everything that has touched me. My porcelain and stoneware clay work followed the clean, understated simplicity of Oriental philosophies. It was free of texture and followed simple lines. As I began to explore texture I created interesting surfaces by simply using whatever I found. I forced a natural look with manmade objects. I then discovered that nature had already made objects that were the perfect tools for my work. My current work is inspired by a workshop I took and many week-ends in the woods with my children. I use real leaves on my pieces. The result is something more beautiful than anything a mere human could ever create. Each piece is unique as the leaves can only be used once. With the first frost the leaves are gone leaving me with a very short span of time in which to create these pieces. As I continue to be influenced by my surroundings my work will continue to evolve. I wonder where life will take it next."

Traci's work can be seen on display at The Noyes Museum, Earth Tones, The Aida Jaine Gallery, The Old Barn, The Golden Feather and The Ginko Gallery.

She will be the featured artist of the month at The Aida Jaine Gallery in Collingswood in December 2011.