About Me

I create small batches of mindfully made, minimal ceramics, playing with pattern and colour, shapes and lines. 

Before working with clay, I spent over ten years curating and promoting artists and designer-makers, focusing on exhibiting the work of early and mid-career artists.

I studied Fine Art Painting at Winchester School of Art, graduating in 2004, and took a break from making whilst I focused all of my energy into launching other projects.

Then I found clay. I had taken pottery classes as a child and worked with clay a little at school but I’d never taken it any further. In 2016 a close friend invited me to join her in making some pots in her garden and I was hooked immediately.

My practice grew organically, and I have mostly experimented, researched techniques, and taught myself. I took a one-day course in throwing, which I loved, but I knew I could hand-build at home straight away and was full of ideas. I helped out at Kina Gorska’s ceramics studio in Oxford and Kina has been so amazingly generous with her time and knowledge, and has helped my practice develop so much.

About a year later, I did my first makers markets whilst expecting my youngest son, and my practice has been slowly developing around my young family ever since.

As my work evolved, I’ve seen threads of other interests and loves coming through – architecture, nature, sky, sea and although not always directly translated in the works, they are often present.

It is really important to me as a maker to consider the environmental impact of my work. I love that clay is a natural material, and creates something that can be kept and worn or used forever. I make sure to seek out sustainable products for use in the studio, and when sending my work, all packaging is plastic -free. This is an ongoing process and I am always looking for ways to make changes along the way. 

Emily Marston