Emma Williams

Hand built earthenware ceramics

1999 Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons)
Lives and works in Nottingham

I make decorative low fired ceramic forms in stoneware and earthenware clays, using press-moulding, slip casting and coiling methods.

Inspiration for my work comes from myriad influences from the natural world including rocks and minerals, birds’ eggs, and aged, weathered surfaces.

I dip, pour and brush on a variety of slips and glazes to achieve a range of intense colours and tactile surfaces and finally fire the work at 1050ºC in an electric kiln.


Worked as an assistant to potter Katri Moye.
Awarded a business start-up grant and Loan from The Prince’s Youth Business Trust.
Six-week residency at Rufford Country Park’s Ceramics Centre, Nottinghamshire.
Worked as an assistant to Sheffield potter Karin Hessenberg.
Voluntary work at Nottingham Castle Museum with Keeper of Decorative Arts, Pamela Wood.
Teaching at ‘Hands On Pottery’ pottery school, Sherwood, Nottingham.

Selected Exhibitions

British Craft Trade Fair, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
 Harley Arts Market, The Harley Gallery,
Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshir
‘A Festive Feast’, Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, Suffolk
Contemporary Craft Fair, Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham.
Melbourne Festival Art Trail, Melbourne, Derbyshire.
‘Northern Potters @ Rufford 2012’, Rufford Craft Centre Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Autumn Contemporary Craft Collection, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
‘Make’, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon.
Applied Arts/ Crafts Case Show, Oriel Wrexham, North Wales.