The Sea Vase

Tracy Murray

Dark Stoneware, layered glazes


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Tracy Murray

“I don’t have time for this” was my first thought when diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
Post breast cancer treatment, I had to figure out exactly what I did have time for. It certainly wasn’t my previous career. My brain seemed to have rewired itself and sought more creative pursuits instead.

So, Shut Up & Relax Ceramics began, in Brisbane, Australia.

I’m Tracy Murray, the maker and designer of Shut up & Relax Ceramics. I’m a hand building ceramicist, interested in making and developing functional ware whilst working in the under croft of our tiny Queenslander, in Brisbane (Meanjin) , Australia. What I love is working with clay and guiding others in workshops. I think workshops are the best way to share my passion for making with clay and to show people that everyone has artistic ability. You just need to make the time to create. Along with my husband Wayne, we like to share our passion for making with clay in small intimate classes, making simple things, beautifully.

I also have an online shop, featuring my functional ware including items for use in every day life, vases, dinnerware etc. I hope you enjoy looking at what I’ve created.

Thank you


2017 – Homescapes – Amber Creswell Bell – Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2017 – Outback Futures Art Show – Featured Ceramic Artist, Brisbane Boys’ College, Toowong, Brisbane
2018 – D u s t – Group show with Clairy Laurence and Laurence Usher – Red Hill, Brisbane
2018 – Personal Space 1 – Group Show – A K Bellinger Gallery – Inverell
2018 – Boon Room – Paris Design Week – Paris, France
2018 – Christmas Exhibition – A K Bellinger Gallery – Inverell
2019 – D u s t – Group show with Clairy Laurence, Laurence Usher and Tiel Seivl-Keevers – Paddington, Brisbane
2019 – Entwined – Group show with Melanie Kilby Artist and Lisa Guy – October 2019 – Paddington, Brisbane
2019 – Brisbane International Film Festival – BIFF – production of ceremonial awards – QAGOMA
2019 – Dinnerware for QAGOMA Restaurant, Brisbane Qld and The Wolfe East Brisbane Restaurant, Noosa Food and Wine Festival
2019 – Les Femmes – A celebration of 10 female ceramicists – November to December 2019 – Boon Room – Paris, France
2020 – Petal Vases for QAGOMA Restaurant, Brisbane, Qld
2020 – Inverell Contemporary Exhibition 2020 – May 20 to October 2020 – Inverell Art Gallery – Inverell

2020 – Runner Up Inverell Art Prize 2020 for “Black Coral” – October 2020 – Inverell Art Gallery – Inverell
2020 – Brisbane International Film Festival – BIFF – production of ceremonial awards – QAGOMA
2021 – Tableware for Raiz Unique Objects – New York City, New York
2021 – Tableware for Emporium Hotel, Brisbane, Qld
2021 – Co-founder of Finite Art Space, Paddington Qld
2022 – Artemis – January 2022 – exhibition with Lucy Hersey at Little Oberon Cafe South Gippsland
2022 – Inverell Contemporary Exhibition 2022 – May 2022 – Inverell Art Gallery – Inverell
2022 – MAYO Arts Festival – July 2022 – St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School – Ascot, Brisbane, Qld
2022 – Highly Commended Inverell Art Prize 2022 for “Heart of the Sea Tulipiere”
2022 – Tableware for Exhibition Restaurant Brisbane

2023 – Tableware for Perspective Dining Restaurant Brisbane

2023 – Tableware and Vases for Pneuma Restaurant Brisbane

2023 – November 3 to November 15 – Too Much Not Enough exhibition with Melanie KIlby at California Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld

2023 – November 14 to January 15, 2024 – Wild Summer – Wild Canary Group Christmas Exhibition, 2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield, Qld

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