Delfina Emmanuel


The ceramics forms I make have been influenced by the delicate and fragile nature of living organisms. My sources of inspiration come from my birth island of Sardinia, rich in marine life, with corals, anemones and rock formations.

I try to capture these delicate qualities in my vessels and by making them as exquisite as possible I hope to express the preciousness of life.

My aim is to make objects, which go beyond use; the very decoration that draws you in becomes a type of barrier, a shield. The hollow egg like form, which is at the core of each structure, remains a symbol of new life, whilst having the generous associations of domesticity.

The slow hand-building process allows time for a meditative approach, which coupled with determination and patience brings me joy and satisfaction. I build up rich surfaces from layers of glaze and lustre to create pieces that I hope express the ideas, which I regard as being important.

I use SP porcelain clay and my making combines hand building, press moulding and slip casting.

Born  Alghero, Italy

Education
2004-07
 University of Westminster, Ceramics BA (Hons)
2002-03  City & Guild Studies
1975  Classical Studies, Italy

Exhibitions
2012
  Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
2011  ‘Seapots, Teapots’, Atelier 2 Ceramica, Cascais, Portugal
‘Handmade in Britain’, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries, London
Harrow Open Studios, London
Plateaux Gallery, Mayfair, London
Mall Galleries, London
2010  British Contemporary Ceramics, London
2009  The Octagon, Whichford Pottery, Warwickshire
The Ice House, London
2008  SDC Gallery, London
The New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Contemporary Ceramics, London
2007  Art in Clay, Farnham
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
New Designers, London
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford
Ceramics Degree Show, London Gallery West
‘Spy Hole’, Collective Exhibition, London Gallery West
2006  ‘Step Closer/Step Even Closer’, London Gallery West

Commissions
2007
  Pearly Queen II, Teapot, private collector

Exhibitions

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