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Emma Finch

MA work

Lost Utopia

Screen-printed and hand-painted ceramic jars, vases and wall-hung platters.


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  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2014



  • It is in the ever-changing face of London, the dilapidation of buildings and the continuous superimposing of one edifice over another, epitomised by building sites, demolitions and new constructions, I find the impetus for this body of work.

    I want to commemorate and revere often unrecognised or under-appreciated spaces and a lost post-war utopian ideal.

    I have a passionate enthusiasm and curiosity for the printed image, their manipulation and how they fit, with painting and drawing, onto three-dimensional forms.

    Using images taken from my photographic documentation of these sites, I use screen-print to build up multi-layered ceramic surfaces. I manipulate familiar images into new configurations, putting them into new relationships to create disconcerting combinations, repeating and overlaying so that the recurring printed image becomes pattern; they are then montaged and constructed into the form to become 3-Dimensional collages.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) 3D Design: Ceramics, Bath Spa University, 2004; Postgraduate diploma CNAA Art Therapy, Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, 1986; BSc Experimental Psychology, Sussex University, 1984
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2013; Food Art, Flow Gallery, London, 2013; British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke on Trent, 2013; Concordia Poznań, Łódź Design Festival Poland, 2013 ; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2012; Cups for Breast Cancer, RUH Hospital, Bath 2011–2012; 'Lythophane' Bone-China Lampshades, The Holburne Museum, 2012; Ceramic Mugs and Beakers, The Old Pet Shop, Bath, 2011; Our Boys, Your Toys, Bath City College, 2010; The Black Swan, Frome, 2005–2008 ; Images of Identity, Sir Bernard Lovell, Bristol, 2006; The Printed Object, Black Swan Gallery, Frome, 2006; One-In-The-House, Brighton, 2006; Original Interiors, Brighton, 2005–2006; Objects of Beauty, Design Week, Selfridges, London, 2005; Ceramic Futures, The Hot House, Stoke-on-Trent, 2005; Solo Show, BRLSI, Bath, 2004; New Designers, London, 2003; '1984' and 'Women’s Art', Brixton Art Gallery, 1983–1984
  • Awards

  • NADFAS Award for Ceramic Surface Decoration, 2003; Highly Commended, RSA Ceramic Futures Award, 2005