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Karen Tacey

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Artwork for Karen Tacey

Reactive Glazes

Beautiful Vases




Elegant Porcelain

Subtle Colours

Crystalline Glazes


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I design, create and fire my own functional and decorative stoneware and occasionally express myself more passionately by taking a dip into the wonderful world of porcelain. Each of my pieces are completely unique, hand crafted and fired to very high temperatures with reactive, lead free glazes that produce a never ending and sometimes unpredictable array of beautiful finishes. No two pieces will ever be the same and being handmade the beauty of each piece will shine through and transform an everyday item into something very special.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Growing up I was always creating, crafting and making, being actively encouraged to glue, build and sew at every opportunity, an expressive pastime I engender in my own children. Unfortunately life didn’t take me down the wonderful path of ceramics early, rather I discovered it in my search for a release from the stresses that came with a career in social care; an evening course with friends turned out to be the start of an overwhelming passion. Learning the art of ceramics involves frequent frustration but more often complete joy and one learns to appreciate the unexpected outcome with forms that although not intended have their unique and unexpected beauty.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a small batch potter working from my own pottery workshop at home. I specialise in hand thrown stoneware making unique functional and decorative pieces in both traditional and modern designs.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I supply my ceramics to four local artist outlets and I enjoy taking part in markets and exhibitions throughout Herefordshire and adjoining counties. I also sell my work directly or by commission.
I teach pottery from my home workshop through either a one day 'Introduction to Pottery Workshop" or a three day "Whole Process Workshop".

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

I participated in Herefordshire Arts Week for the first time in 2019 and again in 2021 & 2022. I am also a member of farOpen Forest & Rivers Art Trail of which has enabled me to take part in local exhibitions, artist markets and The farOpenForest and Rivers Open Studios Week.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Livinloom Home, Ross-on-Wye.
The Nest at Little Verzons Farm, Hereford Road, Ledbury.
Coo-Creative's Shop @ Coo Corner, Fownhope, Hereford.
Dot. Homeware and More, Capuchin Yard, Hereford.

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