Emily Gibbard Ceramics

Sculptural ceramics handmade in Bristol

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About Emily

Emily’s work is born from her passion for working with clay and exploring it’s creative possibilities. By working intuitively, Emily manipulates forms she has thrown on the potter’s wheel while they are wet and malleable. Later she applies layers of glaze in bold and abstract designs. Glazes are dribbled, poured and brushed across the surface, bringing colour and spontaneity.

Emily’s work explores and celebrates female identity. The curves of her vessels mimic the female form - the clay bent and stretched from it’s precise symmetry on the potter’s wheel. Emily came to clay in 2016 following the birth of her third child, to experiment and nourish her creative side - she has found clay an ideal medium for exploring the narrative of female identity - with it’s tensile strength and ability to hold a contour. Over time she has come to realise the importance of following her own natural cycle to the creative production of her work.

Emily’s inspiration comes from art potters such as Betty Woodman and Rudy Autio as well as figurative artists and abstract expressionists. In 2021, she was awarded Arts Council funding to focus on developing larger scale sculptural work. 

Currently, Emily works and teaches from her shared studio at Windmill Hill City Farm in South Bristol, a studio that she co-founded in 2021. Her career has included studies in Social Anthropology, teaching in East Africa and Indonesia, Communications and Illustration.

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My Products

Book a pottery course, view my product gallery or visit my online store to purchase.

Workshops

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Online store

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Stockists

RWA Shop, Royal West of England Academy, Queens Rd, Bristol

New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester

 

Exhibitions

CELEBRATING CERAMICS Festival, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, 15 -17 July 2022

A Crafted Christmas Exhibition, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 5 November - 24 December 2021

​BRISTOL CLAY Exhibition, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, 12 - 24 November 2021

CLAY: A Festival of Ceramics, Exeter Racecourse, 25 - 26 September 2020 (moved online)

ALCHEMY 2019 Exhibition, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, September 2019

Tobacco Factory Market, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 19 May 2019

Totterdown Arts Trail, Bristol, 17-19 November 2017

 

Follow me on Instagram @totterdown_potterdown