Emi Ceramics works at the intersection of functionality and tactile beauty which wheel thrown ceramics has to offer. The act of creating forms out of clay has been an art practised for many centuries throughout the world. Through Emi Ceramics I hope to carry on the rich practice of ceramics through a blend of my current context in Sydney’s Inner West, Gadigal land, and my cultural Japanese background.
What problem is your business solving?
Through handmade ceramics I invite consumers to slow down, and appreciate a single piece that may sing to their soul as an alternative to mass produced products. Each ware carries an impression of my hands in a very particular moment, and is an invitation for the individual to find a piece that fits their hands and needs
What can attendees expect to see from you at TCS?
A range of new ceramic wares that explore new glaze finishes and forms.
Can you tell us a little about your background and where the inspiration came from for your business?
The tactility of clay and the immediateness of the impression of the hand onto the medium is a very visceral experience which demands patience and cannot be rushed. You have to work in symbiosis with the clay otherwise the piece will fail to take shape. This approach of direct creation was a complete contrast to the very computer oriented Interior Design studies I was completing and at the end of my degree the trajectory shifted to focus fully on ceramics and so Emi Ceramics was born. Emi Ceramics is informed by my contemporary Sydney context as well as my Japanese ancestry – thus using Emi 笑 (translates to smile) which is my Japanese middle name.