Professional ceramicist, Emily-Kriste Wilcox, is delighted to be included in a beautiful new book, Handmade In Britain, to be launched this month as part of an exhibition of work by contemporary British designer-makers at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, London. The book celebrates the creativity, skill and energy of a new generation of designer-makers and is a welcome reminder that British cultural traditions and creative drive is ‘alive and kicking’.
In Handmade in Britain, the work of ninety designer-makers is illustrated with an accompanying short essay providing insight into their working methods and what gives inspiration to their work. It is a guide for people interested in buying handcrafted products as well as a resource for art and design students and collectors.
Emily-Kriste Wilcox will be exhibiting a piece –navy stripe mid jug, H20.5cm – as part of the Handmade In Britain show which follows the book launch. Her distinctive work continues to explore the vessel form, focusing on surface decoration, collage and juxtaposition, which are the driving force informing her method and construction. Each piece is unique and develops its individual character during the construction process – “The vessel form is a starting point for exploration of shape and I like to be able to weave the surface pattern in, around, out and through – to explore the space and composition much like a painting.” – the result is pieces which are playful, rich in movement, colour, energy and aesthetic value.
Emily-Kriste Wilcox is a professional ceramicist. She graduated with First Class Honours in 3D Design: Ceramics from Bath Spa University in 2005. She is a full member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and is on the Craft Council’s National Register of Makers. She won the Minerva Prize (Bath Spa) in 2005 and was awarded the Bryant Fedden Award (Gloucestershire Guild) for 2005-6. She exhibited at the Kunst Industrie Musee, Copenhagen in 2006, having spent a residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Skaelskor, Denmark (2005/6). Emily-Kriste has exhibited widely in galleries and exhibitions in the UK, including the Handmade in Britain: contemporary craft and design fair. Her work is currently exhibited at Broadway Modern Gallery, Gallery SCA Shrewsbury, Bevere Gallery Worcester and the Guild Gallery Painswick; and pieces are now held in collections in the UK, Europe and the US.