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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weekly Featured Artist & GIVEAWAY: Nesting Emily

I am super happy to present an amazing ceramicist this week. I am a big fan of Emily's because her work uses the traditions of fine pottery and mixes them with both modern and organic sensibilities. Her work is unique, engaging, and totally unexpected (and I am always a sucker for stuff I TOTALLY can't do). Enjoy! -illana

Name: Emily

Business Name: nesting.emily

The Basics:
I am a simple person with a simple mission- to take over the world using nothing but clay, felt, wood and chocolate. This mission came to me in a moment of great clarity brought on by my first use of a potter’s wheel over 20 years ago. I have worked to solidify my plan by watching loads of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and meeting up with fellow craft doers. When I grow up (and takes over the world) I would like to open a shop (what else would a world leader want to do) filled with great yummy crafty-arty treasures. While pottery, knitting and felting are my sports of choice I also like to listen to old Stevie Wonder, barter for cool stuff, collaborate with other crafters and eat chocolate (big surprise there).

1. What five words best describe you?
Oh that is tough…I guess bratty, creative, opinionated, loving and sensitive (typical Cancerian really).

2. What five words best describe your work?
Well the tags I love to use on etsy are simple, organic, textural, mixed-media, and graphic. I would love to think my work is these things.

3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
My first memory is my mother weaving and I think my love of textile came first. Textiles are like a life long friend but my first time on the potter’s wheel was like finding the love of my life. That is why I like to mix them.

4. What was your very worst ‘real’ job?
Most have my jobs have been great but I was a telephone solicitor for a very short time. That sucked.

5. Is artwork your full-time life? Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your
favorite part about being a full-time creative?
Right now it is not. I would like to create and run my own shop full time- a mix. I love promoting others work too. Right now I pot part time and run a shop full time (not my own) which is part of a public gallery. I do get to sell a lot of amazing artists work so I am not too far off.

6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
Relax about finding your own style and your place in the creative world. It takes time and on the journey it is okay to be inspired by others, confused about your own voice and to not sell anything. Trust your inner voice and above all do what you love!

7. What is your favorite way to distribute our work (craft shows, online, galleries, etc…), and why?
I like them all for different reasons. Craft shows I get to meet some amazing people and trade with other artists, online I meet amazing people and get to know my work goes far away. I am not in any galleries but I am in a shop in Toronto called Blue Bird. And I have my eye on a couple others I would love to be in but that is all so new I don’t have an opinion yet.

8. What are your five favorite blogs and/or websites? Arounna has such a beautiful blog which features lovely work including her own, which I love. Laura is an astounding talent and very generous with her work. I am thrilled to tell you she is designing me a tattoo. Amazing eye candy and I am always learning about new artists. As beautiful as their magazine- and boy is that saying something!! So much fun and treats!! And run by the best craft cheerleader ever!
And etsy and flickr and Zip & Ruth of course!!

9. Favorite artist? 
The only area I can name a favourite is in music- Stevie Wonder. I love so many artists for so many reasons. I could do my 10 favourite Canadian ceramic artists in no particular order but that is the best I could do. For someone who calls themselves opinionated I am coming off like a waffler aren’t I? Can I pick mother nature???

10. Guilty pleasure? 
Watching a show on MTV called 1 girl 5 gays with my daughter. We laugh, we cry, we learn, we blush.

~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

Emily has generously offered one winner: 
A special gift of this amazing vase (or the winner may choose anything under $25 from Emily's Etsy shop):

- Go to Emily's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative! Tell us how you would use it, why it appeals to you, what you find unique about it....that sort of thing).

You may enter only once (but keep reading for the loophole on that). The contest is open until 4pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.

IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).

Bonus Entries- **You can earn an extra entry for each of the following: Follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook. Both links are on the right-hand sidebar. Just make sure you note that you did these in a comment below!**

Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.


arteriole said...

My absolute favourite piece in Emily's shop is this one:

I can appreciate the elegant clean lines of this little vase (cause the simple shapes are the hardest by far to render on the potter's wheel!) This piece just speaks to me - I love contrasts between the matte and shiny slips - and grey and blue, and how the brushy strokes of the glaze echo the makers marks in the clay ....

lovely lovely! it would be such a pleasure to put a few dried beachgrass leaves, and be reminded of salt spray and call of gulls all year round!

thank you for hosting such a lovely give-away!

carol said...

Emily is such a thoughtful and talented artist. I love her work and enjoyed learning more about her.

Karen Tapahe said...

My favorite (or one of them, anyway) is the Grey Day at the Sea Side porcelain whisper vase. I grew up on the coast and I know all too well what those grey days were like. The ocean always inspired me, though, so grey is not a bad thing. My dad was an artist, so the brush strokes are a gentle reminder of him. The marks going up (or down) the vase seem like footprints in the sand from someone walking through the fog on the beach and finding some peace.

A + M + S said...

Hi, I'm new to this blog and was excited to see the giveaway. The vase as well as all of her other creations are so lovely, thank you for hosting this. My favorite at her etsy shop is My Seaside Day with You vintage lace doily and porcelain jar. My husband, 9 month old daughter Sophie and I are moving next month to a small town where I grew up called Half Moon Bay, CA. It's a beach town. We're going to live with my mom until we find our "dream house" This piece would fit perfect in our "dream house" It will hold sea glass (which I've collected since I was a kid), dimes (another collection) and other beach treasures. It's a memory collector and I love it.
aleytac at hotmail dot com

Meg said...

I like the yellow porcelin jar. So bright and sunny! :) meg.wilkerson(at)yahoo(dot)com

jhitomi said...

I think my fave piece is the Tea With My Lovely porcelain and sky blue, because the title of it is sweet, and the color blue really is soothing.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

following you on googlefriends.
under name jhb.
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Katie said...

I love the Rainy Day at the Sea Side porcelain whisper vase -- great shop, i'd love to win!
engh.katie at gmail dot com

Vicki S said...

My fav item is the Our Rainy Day porcelain jar, it would be the cutest gift (looks like a cookie jar) and a wonderful addition to the kitchen.

sswpss at yahoo dot com

Vicki S said...

GFC follower, my name sswpss.

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Melissa said...

Love the KISSING porcelain salt and pepper shaker set because my grandma and I used to collect salt and pepper shakers together, so it reminds me of her. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Jingle said...

My favorite piece is Grey Day by the Sea Side. There is something amazingly calming about it. I love the ocean and I have always been particularly fond of the days that are a bit stormy and allow the waves to crest a bit higher with a grey sky as the backdrop. It seems to go on forever, while still holding you in the arms of the ocean. I just love that feeling and I like how this piece has captured that so beautifully.

jinglesells at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

I like any one of those adorable covered pots with the crocheted lid. Lovely! Nice pairing of pottery and textiles!

wildoates56 at

Wehaf said...

I love "The Secret Desires of BEARS Lionel's feather boa and headdress". This bear looks like he is headed somewhere, and he knows where, but he's patient about it. He has time, and he knows how the seasons are changing, where to find his food as he goes, and when he needs to be where he needs to be. He will go slowly and thoughtfully, and when he gets where he is going it will be just the right time. He will sit down and put on his feather headdress, and sit a long sit. Things will be as they should be.

urchiken at gmail dot com

katehopeeden said...

I really love the rainy day jar!! As to what I would use it for? My middle daughter and I have recently started eating vegan. This has been an exciting change for the two of us but it only took me about ten seconds to realize that I need a BUNCH of jars to store our couscous and barley and the hunder other bag it your self items we've gotten at the health food store :-)

katehopeeden at hotmail dot com

Donna said...

My favorite item is the Winter's first Snow fall STITCH VASE white on white. It was be perfect for the bunch of Narcissus to bring cheer into the home on those long cold nights.


Donna said...

I follow your blog and I'm a facebook fan.

Donna Hufman Warrington

papercuthearts said...

I'm completely in love with Emily's aesthetic & blogged about her work here:
My current favorite is this piece:
a star stitch raw clay chocolate brown HOLD jar.... It accompanies my a.m. routine & is my my favorite 3D object on my vanity.

ArtMind said...

I first 'met' Emily's work on Flickr and I was happy to see her work.
I love the simplicity and elegance of her pieces and the combination with felt and crochet is so pretty!
My very favorite in her shop is this one though:
Goodluck in your ventures, Emily, you're a lovely artist and it shows that you love what you do! :)

Digital Misfit said...

I am completely in love with The Secret Desires of Squirrels - Alice's Flight to India
The textures and elements are all so organic and peaceful. The twill tape with the buttons is the perfect (and so unexpected!) way to display this sweet girl. I adore embroidery, so that added touch in this series is close to my heart.
Big cheers for an awesome Canadian artist (from a mediocre but enthusiastic artist from northern ON)


siilenti said...

I love the porcelain white Whisper Bottle no 1. So simple and cute!

@ByHandGiveaways said...

Love the
The Secret Desires of FOXES lrg Toby and his Tipi Teepee
because it is so unique and I love the little tipee

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mamipdx said...

i was immediately drawn to the secret desires of squirrels.

our little urban lot has become nut-burying central for the neighborhood squirrels. now i, and my two daughters, believe this to be delightful and entertaining. my husband, on the other hand, is not amused. the strawberry plants and blueberry bushes he so lovingly planted and watered and tended are now being nibbled and pillaged by these bushy-tailed rodents.

i say share the bounty. he says trap and release them in a park on the hill- far from our fruits and freshly-mulched garden mounds. we do not seem to see the squirrels in the same light. i am delighted by their presence- their scampering, chattering, tail-flicking, dainty paw digging, limber branch swinging acrobatics. i know they are preparing to meet winter, which will come soon in our northwestern corner of the world. i know they have families- i've spied the nests lined with our deck chair cushion fluff. i am not bothered by the ruckus they raise when a crow invades their space. i smile when i step on a walnut shell or watch a game of chase on the rooftops.

i am positive these little creatures have secret desires- and some not so secret desires: they want our berries. you can't really blame them, can you?


mamipdx said...

i follow with gfc.

mamipdx said...

my etsy name is maestramami.