Emma Johnstone

Material: Ceramics | Location: Surrey
I am a contemporary ceramicist who creates unique hollow-thrown vessels using the dramatic firing process of Raku. Each piece is Raku fired and gilded with three types of gold and copper leaf. I guild the inner surface of each vessel to add iridescence, contrasting with matt black and grey of the outer surface. Each work is therefore unique with its own character.

My new work is based on deconstruction of earlier works. New planes are revealed when sections of the original forms are removed. Forms take on new perspectives. I use the slip resist technique on some surfaces and contrast this with gilding and textured surfaces.

I received a First Class Honours Degree in Workshop Ceramics from the University of Westminster, Harrow College in the mid-nineties. I work with The Bradley Collection, who make bespoke finials as well as doing commissions.