Approved: 16.08.2006

Emma Williams Ceramics

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I make decorative low fired ceramic vessel forms and brooches using a variety of clays and techniques.

My bowl forms are made by pouring liquid white earthenware clay or smoothing flat sheets of black stoneware clay into hand made plaster moulds. After removing them from the moulds I scrape and smooth the work with tools and apply white slip to areas of the black clay pieces.

Following an initial

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  • Location: Nottingham, East Midlands
  • Activities: Events management
  • Categories: Ceramics
  • Tags: ceramics, vessel forms, decorative, low fired, blue, purple, textured
 
 

Biography

I make decorative low fired ceramic vessel forms and brooches using a variety of clays and techniques. My bowl forms are made by pouring liquid white earthenware clay or smoothing flat sheets of black stoneware clay into hand made plaster moulds. After removing them from the moulds I scrape and smooth the work with tools and apply white slip to areas of the black clay pieces. Following an initial biscuit firing to 1000ºC, I apply metal oxides to the white earthenware pieces to achieve a speckly effect, and then dip, pour and brush on a variety of glazes to create a range of intense colours and tactile surfaces, including vibrant matt turquoise and purple barium glazes and textured 'crawl' glazes, so called because the glaze pulls or 'crawls' away from the clay surface as it heats up in my electric kiln to around 1050ºC, creating the decorative effect. Inspiration for my work comes from myriad influences found in the natural world including rocks and minerals, birds’ eggs, and aged, weathered surfaces. I sell my work at events and galleries across the U.K - for a list of stockists, please visit my website.

CV & Education

EDUCATION: 

Sept 2001 – Feb 2002: New College Nottingham: City and Guilds 7307 Certificate in F.E Teaching (Stage One).

Sept 1996 – Jun 1999: The Nottingham Trent University: B.A. (Hons) Decorative Arts

EXPERIENCE:

March 2010 - May 2012: Worked as an assistant to potter Katrin Moye

May 2003: Awarded a business start-up grant and loan from The Prince's Trust.

February 2001: Six-week residency at Rufford Country Park’s Ceramics Centre, Nottinghamshire.

2001: Worked as an assistant to Sheffield potter Karin Hessenberg.

August 2000 – July 2002: Voluntary work at Nottingham Castle Museum with Keeper of Decorative Arts, Pamela Wood.

August 2000 - Jan 2011: Teaching at ‘Hands On Pottery’ pottery school, Sherwood, Nottingham. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/ EVENTS:

Sept 2013/2012/2011/2010/2009: Melbourne Festival Art Trail, Melbourne, Derbyshire.

July - September 2013: 'Natural Selection', gallerytop, Derbyshire

July - September 2013: Summer Show, Pyramid Gallery, York.

May 2013/ 2012: Lady Bay Arts Festival, Nottingham.

March - May 2013: 'Natural Selection', Ferrers Gallery, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

April 2013: British Craft Trade Fair, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate         

November 2012/2008: Harley Arts Market, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Nov 2012 - Jan 2013: ‘A Festive Feast’, Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, Suffolk

Nov 2012/2011/2010/2007/2006: Contemporary Craft Fair, Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham.

Sep - Oct 2012: ‘Northern Potters @ Rufford 2012’, Rufford Craft Centre Gallery, Nottinghamshire

September 2012: Autumn Contemporary Craft Collection, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey

Nov 2011/ Nov 2010: ‘Make’, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon.

March - May 2011: Applied Arts/ Crafts Case Show, Oriel Wrexham, North Wales.

June 2010: The Art Market, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

May – August 2010: ‘Seaside’, Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire.

March -  April 2010: ‘Art By The Sea 2010’, St Edmunds Hall, Southwold, Suffolk.

March – May 2010: ‘Sea Nature’, Sea Pictures Gallery, Suffolk.

Feb - March 2010: ‘Fossils: Images in Stone’, The Haven Gallery, Boston, Lincolnshire.

March 2010: SOCK, Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

November 2009: 'Withers Gallery at Wolterton Hall', Wolterton Hall, Norfolk.

June 2009/2008/2007: ‘Earth and Fire’ ceramics festival, Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire.

April 2009/2008: ‘Ceramics in the Round’, The Dome, Buxton, Derbyshire.

Nov 2008 – Jan 2009: Rufford Unwrapped’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.

July – August 2008: ‘Swell’, The Gallery West Kilbride, Ayrshire.     

Nov 2007 – January 2008: ‘Rufford Presents’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.

Aug – Sept 2007: ‘Fired Up’, The Ferrers Gallery, Leicestershire.

Feb - April 2006: ‘Going Potty’, Royal Exchange Theatre Craft Shop, Manchester.

July 2004: Ceramic Open 2004, The Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire.

January 2002: ‘Made at Rufford’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.

July 1999: The New Designers Exhibition Part One, The Business Design Centre, London.