Tracy Thuringer

I consider myself an artist from the College of Life.  I love art in all mediums, for its color, texture, and creativity that is brought to life by the artist’s mind’s eye and interpretation.   

Born in Salt Lake City and raised in Orem; I spent my working career on the central coast of California working for the Superior Court of Santa Cruz County, in the criminal division.  Beginning as a typist clerk, I retired after 31 years, as Administrator of the case management system.  

I first discovered ceramics in my early 20s and instantly fell in love.  I was fortunate enough to work at a large ceramic warehouse where I learned all the ins and outs of slip-cast ceramics.  From casting molds to loading kilns and everything in between.  When the art of ceramics faded away, I turned to other mediums to fill the void and found a love for painting and stained glass.  It wasn’t until 2018 that I discovered block clay when I took a class “Make your own slab vase” and fell in love all over again.  Although I continue to enjoy working with other mediums, creating with clay, in all its forms, is the medium that draws most of my attention.  My main focus is functional items but, I very much enjoy combining many techniques on one piece.  Hand-building brings me the most joy and satisfaction. The creative possibilities are endless.  

When my hands aren’t covered with clay, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, flower gardening, walking my dogs, quilting, taking classes, baking, and decorating holiday sugar cookies.