Artist: Emma J V Parker
Emma J V Parker, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
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I am a hand-builder who uses a variety of clay bodies and decorative surface techniques, specializing in slab-building. My sculptural work is informed by first-hand experience of the people, situations and concerns that I encounter in my daily life. The resulting figurative sculptures and painted pots attempt to capture a moment and the fleeting moods that might accompany it.
These Yunomi are slab-built with porcelain clay, painted simply with black underglaze. When we first became aware of COVID 19 we wondered if nearness to others might be dangerous, and our hands became a focus point. Washing them, trying to limit our sense of touch to our faces and other surfaces. I wanted to explore ‘hands’ and ‘touch’ as a theme on the surface of something that is ultimately an intimate hand held object.
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, I am now a Melbourne based artist. I have a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and have been working with ceramics in arts education for almost 20 years. I taught fine art with ceramics at Eton College in England before immigrating to Melbourne in October 2018.
2002 – 2003: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Teaching practice
1999 – 2001: University of Wales Institute Cardiff, MA Ceramics
1995 – 1998: University of Wales Institute Cardiff, BA (Hons) Ceramics.
Exhibitions and Galleries
April – May 2021: ‘Sky Larks’ exhibition, Kerry Lowe Gallery, NSW, Au.
February 2021: Warrandyte Pottery Expo, Vic, Au.
January 7-22, 2021:Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Vic, Au (Gallery Prize Winner).
November 2020 – January 2021: Christmas 2020, Kerry Lowe Gallery, NSW, Au.
October 2020: Alchemy: an exhibition of Sculptural Ceramics, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, NSW, Au.
February- March 2020: “Bayside Local: Journeys and Discoveries”, Brighton, Vic, Au.
February 2020: Warrandyte Pottery Expo, Vic, Au (INCA Prize Winner).
November 2019: ‘Christmas Show’ at Possum Gully Fine Arts, Maryborough, Vic, Au.
August 2019: ‘Scot Free’, Ladder Art Space, Kew, Vic, Au.
April 2018: Spring Exhibition, N0. 4 Gallery, St Abbs, Eyemouth, UK.
March 2018: Green Fuse Gallery, Upper James Street, Westport, Ireland.
Professional Teaching Experience and Residencies
Sept-Dec 2021: Guest Artists In Residence, Northcote Pottery Supplies, Vic, Au.
2019: Artist in residence, full academic year, Scotch College, Melbourne, Vic. Including yr8 hand-building workshops.
2018: Classroom teacher, Term Four, Scotch College, Melbourne, Vic
2003 – 2018:Full time teaching position as an Assistant Master of Art at Eton College, UK. https://www.etoncollege.com
The Journal of Australian Ceramics Vol 58 NO.2 July 2019, In The Spotlight p15.