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Emily Free Wilson

Emily Free Wilson

Emily Free Wilson creates her ceramic art at her home studio in Helena, Montana. In a constant search for new forms and always challenging herself to find new patterns and colors within the theme of dots that dance across her wares, Emily’s Colorful, whimsical imagery is created influenced by Christmas lights, raindrops, river rock and fireworks. Eat happy!

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Emily Free Wilson Tall Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Emily Free Wilson Bottle Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Emily Free Wilson Small Bottle at MudFire Gallery
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Emily Free Wilson Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Emily Free Wilson Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Emily Free Wilson at MudFire

Gallery group show de la Fleur, February 2012

 

Emily Free Wilson Artist Bio

Free Ceramics is a family run pottery in Helena, Montana. Members include Emily Free Wilson, Matt Wilson, and Bobby Free The style and design of functional porcelain pottery originated from Emily Free Wilson. Colorful, whimsical imagery is created influenced by Christmas lights, raindrops, river rock and fireworks. Family history and nostalgic remnants from the past also sneak into various designs. With a spontaneous and free movement of line, Free Ceramics creates simple, functional forms with the intent they bring joy with every use.

Originally from Roseburg, Oregon, Emily Free Wilson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin in 2001. The summer of 2002 took her to the Archie Bray Foundation where she has been working as the Gallery Director. Her commitment to clay and the development of her unique decorating style, led to collaborating with her husband Matt Wilson and her brother Bobby Free. Matt's skills as a carpenter, an engineering background, and interest in geology sparked an interest in slip casting Emily's pottery. Bobby, a ceramic artist and talented potter, has recently moved to Helena after receiving his BFA from Utah State, to form "Free Ceramics". Together with Emily's whimsical decorating and fun colors Free Ceramics continues to offer porcelain pottery and ornaments made by a family-run pottery.

 

Emily Free Wilson Artist Statement

Quick black lines and bright colors dance across simple forms. Each piece has a personality of its own. A dot of color in an unexpected place or a different theme on its opposite side encourages further investigation. I strive to make my pots unique, honest and my own, while also seeking answers to questions about first impressions, personalities, and exploration.

By focusing on the formal qualities of a pot: its form, the balance or imbalance of color, the relationship between negative and positive space, I hope to make a person turn a cup in their hand, look at the foot or the inside of the lip and find a surprise. As one explores the piece and becomes more intimate with it, a smile appears and they are reminded of something we have in common. Maybe the commonalities reach back to childhood or are as simple as appreciating the pattern of raindrops meeting the surface of a still lake. Working in clay gives me the opportunity to add joy and whimsy to other's lives. Through this connection with others my pottery serves its purpose.





Emily Free Wilson Artist Resume

Education:
2001 BFA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Selected Exhibitions:
2011, Solo Exhibition, Held Hallway, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2011, Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2011, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2010, 50 Gravy Boats, Invitational, Diablo Community College, Walnut Creek, CA
2010, 4th Annual 100 Valley Exhibition, Juror Kerri Rosenstein, Roseburg, OR
2010, Bray Benefit Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2010, Rendezvous, National Ceramic Invitational, Jackson Hole, WY
2010, Featured Artist in August, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2010, 18th National Ceramic Competition, Sherman Hall Juror, San Angelo, TX
2009, Objects of Virtue, Juror Julia Galloway, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2009, Holiday Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2009, Cobbled Walls, Solo Exhibition, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2009, 5th Anniversary Exhibition, A.L. Swanson Gallery, Helena, MT
2009, The 9th Annual National Invitational Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent, OH
2009, Bray Benefit Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2008, Platters, Solo Exhibition, Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT
2008, Transformations, 6x6, Invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2008, Bray Benefit Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2008, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2007, ANA 35, National Juried Exhibition, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2007, 32nd Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
2007, ARTfusion, Bigfork Art Walk, Bigfork, MT
2006, International Cup, Juried by Richard Notkin and Rick Newby, Helena, MT
2006, Annual Cup Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2006, RED, Solo Exhibition, Michelle Gantt Gallery, Bozeman, MT
2005, R.A.W., Group Exhibition, Downtown, Helena, MT
2005, A Celebration of Color and Subtlety, Danforth Gallery, Livingston, MT Fresh, 2005, A.L. Swanson Gallery, Helena, MT
2004, A New Angle, Solo Exhibition, Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT 2004
2003, ABF Group Exhibition, Fall Art Walk, Helena, MT
2003, Shape and Color, Personal Studio, Helena, MT
2002, The 2nd Annual, Gallery 138 National Juried Cup Show, Kent, OH
2001, Formal, Dandy, Modern, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
2001, Sweat the Brain, 734 University Gallery, Madison, WI
2001, 73rd Annual Student Show, Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, WI
2000, Ceramic Sculpture, Red Gym Gallery, Madison, WI
2000, Irrepressible, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
2000, Reflections, Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, WI
2000, A Body of Work, Red Gym Gallery, Madison, WI
Awards:
2008, Purchase Award of Merit, Clay Times, Strictly Functional Pottery National
2007, Professional Development Grant, MT Arts Council, MT State Government
2007, Individual Artist Grant from the Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT
2001, Grant for BFA Exhibition from the Albert K. Murray Arts Foundation
2001, Scholarship for "Blossom", Workshop at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Workshop Instruction:
July 2011 "Working the Porcelain Surface". 3-day workshop with Bobby Free at Jackson Art Association, Jackson, Wyoming
June 2010 Workshop Demonstrations with Bobby Free
Jackson Art Association, Jackson, Wyoming
Publications:
Clay Times, Purchase Award of Merit, Image of pitcher, pg 18, 2008
Ceramics Monthly, Annual Poster, Image of platter, March 2008
Ceramics Monthly, Featured Emerging Artist, May 2007, pg 37 and pg 5