Collections of identical or similar objects, often humble in their nature, fascinate me and have influenced my work recently. Ceramic show cases in museums displaying an infinite number of everyday clay objects and vessels with a variety of functions and uses, be they jugs, teapots or Japanese tea bowls which have been loved and used over centuries are comforting and for me contain a collective spirit.
I will be exhibiting at the Fresh Air exhibition and also in Romsey Abbey in July.
My work is driven by a desire to tell stories, and by the materiality of the handmade; drawn to the intimacy of the book form as a way to consider and to communicate ideas. In forming links between word and image, my work becomes the means of expression for simple narratives.
Inspired by nature’s palette, I first produce watercolour studies recalling observed colour combinations. This transfers into a prolonged process of repetitious mark making and overpainting in acrylic on canvas, exploring colour contrast and transitions of hue. The outcomes are richly textured surfaces of energised colour sensation.
The skills that Emily uses have been honed over many years of working with clay. She throws on the wheel, with two contrasting clays: red stoneware and porcelain. The pots are often carved, textured and sculpted into new forms once off the wheel.
Emily Myers has been a Fellow of The Craft Potters' Association for 25 years. She shows at The Leach Pottery, St Ives and Contemporary Ceramics, opposite The British Museum.