Emily Mitchell is a ceramicist and artist producing hand-built and hand-thrown ceramics from her studio in Norwich. Emily’s work takes inspiration from early English Delftware ceramics with blue cobalt patterns on white tin glaze.
Originally from Kent, Emily moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art where she began developing her creative skills. Emily has been making ceramic work for approximately six years, developing ideas and discovering new things about materials and processes every day.
Emily’s work grows out of an interest in everyday and historic objects to tell their own stories. Emily loves narrative and classic fiction and often uses literature as a source for ideas. Further influence comes from Emily’s time spent looking at and working with museum collections and archives to handle and study historic ceramic forms, domestic material cultures, embroidery and the history of domestic interiors.
Emily notes the importance in her practice to find the time to experiment with materials and processes native to her craft. She enjoys the serendipity of the making process and designing through making.
With Emily’s interest in the idea of the ‘souvenir’ and creating loaded objects, her resultant pieces are hand-sized and intimate. Each of her unique pieces has a whimsical boldness in the shape, and a strong sense of the maker through the painted patterns.