Emily reimagines the connection between our lives and the objects we live with by bringing a high level of design to the intimate landscape of the home and yard. Her unique forms are in dynamic relationship with the materials that capture her imagination — metal, stone, clay, wood. With her ancestral roots in pottery, weaving, and geology, Emily is a hands-on maker with one eye on the silence of design and the other on the exuberance of natural elements.
In her metal work, Emily experiments with non-toxic, unconventional ways to color and finish her objects. Patinas are achieved through soaking steel in a tannin-rich tea bath then polishing with her own natural paste waxes to prevent rust while adding luster. Her table tops are crafted from found materials (glass, metal, wood) or remnants from local stone yards (granite, quartzite, marble). The combination of form and finish pushes the perception of small gauge steel in pieces that are light yet robust, defying expectations of instability. A slate tabletop floats above the floor. Underneath, a tangle of steel plays tricks on the eyes. Rich with contrast, it nods toward a mid-century aesthetic where The Eames meet Escher.
Emily received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a critic in the department of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching classes in typography and color, amongst others.