Emma Birts

Emma was born in London in 1979 but grew up in Bath. Following an Art Foundation course at The University of West of England (1998 - 1999) Emma went on to study Graphic Design at Bournemouth Art Institute graduating in 2002. She owns and runs Rostra Gallery in Bath while trying to find time to indulge her passion for ceramics.

Brought up surrounded by dogs, cats, pigs and other animals, these characters have inspired Emma's work and imagination. She produces a range of jewellery, prints and ceramics. Her work can be found on show in galleries in England, Scotland & Wales and has been exhibited at the Affordable Art fair in Bristol in 2010, 2011 & 2012.

Artists Emma admires include Maurice Sendak, Sheila McIness, Quentin Blake and Yoshitomo Nara. She takes inspiration from children's book illustrators, Japanese culture and packaging.

Emma has lived in Bristol for ten years and enjoys a part time course in ceramics at Bristol School of Art. She has a kiln so has been able to increase her production of earthenware polar bears and other creatures. Each piece is sculpted individually and hand painted with underglaze, biscuit fired and then fired again with a transparent glaze over the top.This glaze often crazes which is a normal effect usually due to changes in temperature.

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