STATEMENT My vision when creating jewelry is based on what I would want to wear. The pieces tend to be larger in scale, with a solid weight that allows them to withstand daily wear. Often simple and modern in form, I pay a lot of attention to details such as movement, mechanisms, and material. In both craft and art, creating something simple that can stand on its own and garner attention is often more difficult than creating something busy. Every line, plane, and surface becomes more important, and the skill of the maker is called on to execute the details of the piece masterfully. As a perfectionist, I invest a lot of time in the design and execution of every piece; but I also value the handmade, and the physical process a maker chooses to create a finished product. A visual sense of imperfection (minor as it may be) is a beautiful reminder of the maker’s work, and is often what distinguishes a handmade item from a manufactured one. While I repeat certain design or create variations on them, the process of hand-soldering, hand-sanding, and hand-finishing every piece ensures that each one is unique in some way. It also ensures that the “hand” is evident in each one. My modern designs generally have soft edges and organic elements that humanize them and encourage touch.
BIOGRAPHY Material is a driving element of Emily's work. She is an enthusiastic traveler, and collect bits and pieces of exotic materials whenever possible. She also believes in saving materials that might otherwise be discarded, and transforming them into something new. She has worked with cut-offs of counter top materials from kitchen installations, wood scraps from furniture building, pieces of vulcanite and meerschaum discarded by retiring pipe makers, and chunks of bakelite sourced from defunct costume jewelry manufacturers. Other materials she consistently uses include: faux bone plastic, acrylic, bowling ball plastic, bone, horn, fossilized mammoth bone, synthetic opal, semi-precious stone, reconstituted stone, vintage amber, jet, and resin.
MFA Metal, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY May 2003
BA with concentration in studio art, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio May 1996