Emma’s current work highlights her recurring themes of birds and dreaming heads. Form and surface are central concerns and Emma encourages them to evolve together. For Emma, hand-carving creates an intimate relationship with the stone and a natural pace of working that allows for revision and change. She particularly enjoys the wide range of British limestones that can be sourced locally – Portland, Clipsham, Ancaster, Hopton Wood – their gentle colours and hidden shells and fossils connecting them strongly to their geographical and geological roots.
I think in stone. For me, carving isn’t about reproducing something in stone, it’s about what the stone is and might be; you have to be sensitive to the stone and what it wants to do.
An MA in ceramics followed by stonemasonry training in Bath led Emma into stone carving, and for the past twenty years she has been exhibiting and selling her sculpture in stone and bronze, most recently at the Fine Art Society, London, and Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford.