Tara McGee designs and creates one of a kind ceramic pieces in her Cary, NC studio. She has worked in clay and design for more than 20 years - honing her skills in both traditional and contemporary forms. Tara’s designs are conversation pieces, while also maintaining utilitarian attributes. Her current work is an exploration of organic forms with a purpose and use in everyday life.
Tara creates pieces using both the potter's wheel and various hand building techniques. Each kind of clay has its own characteristics and she keeps a variety of clay types on hand, including porcelain, to create pieces - all depending on her mood or a new inspiration. Some pieces are pressed with coral and other found objects - while others are thrown and altered on the potter's wheel. Tara makes her own slips and glazes, which are applied to the surface during various times of the process for effect.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University, Tara moved to Raleigh and began honing her design skills at NC State University. She has taught classes at NC State and Sertoma Arts Center during the past decade, and has exhibited her works at shows and in galleries throughout the United States. In 2005, she was featured making her designs on Home and Garden Television’s show Crafter's Coast to Coast.
“Creating works in clay fulfills my desire to make a purposeful object from start to finish with my hands. I am grateful that this process brings me so much joy and satisfaction.”