‘Yvonne’s Walk’


Describing the inspiration behind her exhibition piece, Tracey Johnston says: ‘Yvonne was an artist. Floral, photography, whittling, painting, homemaking, gardening and restoring.

She had favourite places to walk down well-trodden pathways. She loved to bring nature back inside, which inspires my own work. Hidden at the back of the hot-press, I found her treasure. A box of shells, picked up from her walks. Multi-coloured periwinkles and colourful mussel shells, handled and stored in a pocket, to be cleaned later and added to the treasure box.

Sadly, these treasures had been forgotten, not out of choice, as Alzheimer’s increasingly disrupted her neural pathways.

This is my willing attempt to re-create the memories for the many who are forced to walk this same path against their will.

Dimensions: H32 x W30; Materials: stoneware, glaze, reduction fired


Artist Bio

Tracey Johnston is a Northern Irish landscape ceramic artist who works with nature to make vessels that seek to connect us to our Irish shoreline.  Tracey has lived and worked from the north coast of Ireland, Belfast and most recently, Strangford Lough.  After having supported her family and seen them all through university, she took the opportunity to study Ceramics and Ulster University at the age of 50 and fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a landscape artist.  She completed her degree in 2021 obtaining a BA, Hon’s 1st Class.  She now seeks to make vessels that can connect people to the Irish coastline, not just as an image but as a living representation of history, memory and locality, allowing the owner of the vessel to connect to Ireland, whether they are living here or further afield.