Through her wheel-thrown ceramic work Emmeline explores some of the textures found through the Yorkshire Dales landscape that surrounds her. Her love of nature, the countryside and the beauty of its many textures has a great influence on her work.
“For me it’s all about texture – you have to feel it to fully appreciate it. I love the feel of clay when throwing, and enjoy the rhythm of the wheel. Throwing also demands a focus that concentrates the mind and blocks out other distractions, which I find is calming in an ever more hectic world.”
My love of nature, the countryside and the beauty of its many textures has a great influence on my work. Cracked limestone pavements, tree bark, dry exposed peat, are reflected in the surface patterns of my work which are created using a sodium silicate technique. My latest work includes moorland colours with deep fissures, and some black with gold lustre, reminiscent of the geological seams beneath our feet.
I use a finely grogged clay which, although it can be a bit rough to work with, gives a wonderful feel to the finished piece and compliments the textures created on the outside.