I first saw glassblowing at Waterford Crystal in 2007, completely oblivious to how it would later impact my life, I watched in awe at the factory makers.
After successfully completing a BA(Hons) degree in Glass and Ceramics in 2014 from the University of Sunderland, I have had the opportunity to work at various glass studios. Alongside having the privilege to assist many talented makers and learn first hand from their skill, I have been fortunate to be exposed to different techniques, studio environments and styles of glassmaking. Settling in my current position at Devereux & Huskie Glassworks assisting artists, designers and makers alike.
Currently my work has two avenues: Conceptual and Aesthetic.
Celebrating memories through the presentation or re-creation of important objects epitomises my conceptual work. My inspiration is most often drawn from profound personal occurances, therefore my work is often aesthetically literal. By using emotively associated objects, I build work that immortalises memories of significant times and happenings through the use of glass.
Alongside my love to involve narrative within my work, process is a primary interest in my development with glass. Works have evolved from experimentation and pushing the material to its limits in order to understand its behaviours. The results being a consequence of exploiting and refining the inherent behaviours of glass when it is subjected to heat and rotation.
Emma designed the Commemorative Collection in response to a brief set by us to create a commemorative object for our 20 year anniversary as a part of a 4 week hot glass residency. The Collection comprises 8 mould blown vessels that contain individually donated objects from each Artistic Director that North Lands has seen during the 20 year period. It is currently on show in our display window at our Studio. Watch the video below to see her in action: