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 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.