My new website www.emmaspence.org illustrates the development of my figurative ceramic work over thirty years. I am a people watcher and I strive to convey humour of everyday situations, the human condition, movement, proportion and body language in an creative way in my figurative work.
The most recent works are smoke fired heads that depicts buskers with a businessman on a London tube and the humour that situation created. I like to make my work in small groups that explores a theme or subject and to present my figures together in small groups which emphasises the charm of the body language and the interaction between the figures. Each body of work expresses a narrative, a subject, a theme or situation.
Recently I have made a few life changes and plan to get wider exposure for my work as I am pleased with the way it has developed over the last two years. I have worked hard to make it more coherent and hope to exhibit more this year and build a wider customer base. Please have a look at my new website.
Work currently available from:
Number 9 Gallery, Birmingham.
Gallery at Bevere, Worcester.
The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon.
Holmfirth Art Market : Art Market at Holmfirth - Two Sundays, Different artists
June 12, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Market Square, Southwell : Ceramics in Southwell
August 28, 2016 to August 28, 2016
York Racecourse : Art Market - York
September 30, 2016 to October 02, 2016
Guildhall, The, Cambridge : Innovations In Ceramic Art
November 05, 2016 to November 06, 2016
My latest figures are hand built by using a variety of hand building techniques and smoke fired in sawdust in a chamber outside.
Clay, string and tinfoil are used as a resist to make the interesting marks and lines on the smoke fired surface. The pieces are painted with terra sigillata slip to achieve the sheen on the surface before smoke firing.
Education and Qualifications
1998 - 2000 - University of Wolverhampton. Master of art in ceramics.
1989 - 1990 - Portsmouth Polytechnic BA (Hons). Fine Art /Sculpture.
1997 - 1989 - Medway College of Art and Design. Kent. BTEC Higher National Diploma in Ceramics.
1985 - 1987 - Plymouth College of Art and Design. National Diploma in Craft and Design.
2015 - Art Market Holmfirth
2015 - Harrogate trade fair
2014 - Gorgeous Art Fair, Ironbridge
2014 - Showing off Art Fair.
Feb 2010 - Easter Exhibition Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon.
Aug 2007- Art in Clay at Hatfield house.
April 2004 - ‘Threads' The Living gallery, Stourbridge.
Aug 2001 - August 2003 Summer Ceramics. Number 9 Gallery, Birmingham.
Oct 2000 - 'Figuratively speaking'. The Wiseman Gallery. Oxford.
June 2000 - New Designers. Islington . London.
Feb 2000 - Wolverhampton ceramics M.A. Show.
Feb 2002 - Birmingham Botanical gardens. Birmingham.
Aug 1999 - ‘Horizons 99'.
Aug 1999 - The Crystal Glass Centre. Birmingham