Photography by Sylvain Deleu
About Emma Marks
Emma Marks is a clay thinker, ceramic vessel maker and an art educator.
Her investigative practice explores new ways to understand the relationship between maker and matter.
Inspired by writers like Donna Haraway, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing and Merlin Sheldrake; she uses vessel making as a device to practice reimagining how we relate to the more-than-human world.
Her installations offer the viewer new encounters using ceramics, sound and film.
Emma recently graduated from an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. She currently teaches ceramics as a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Emma has a BA in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts and a BSc in Physiology from the University of Bristol.
She has taken part in several artist-led group shows since 2012. Selected exhibitions and awards include Caroline Fisher Projects in Norwich and London 2021, Cabinet of Curiosities at the Design Museum 2021, The Potting Shed Residency 2021, East Sussex Open at Towner Gallery 2016, HIX Award Finalist 2015, Penguin Art Prize 2015.
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2019 - 2021: MA in Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Arts, London
Dissertation - Sensual-encounters with Ordinary Things (Distinction)
2012 - 2015: Ba Sculpture (1st), Camberwell College of Arts, London
2011 - 2012: CCW Foundation course (Distinction)
1991 - 1994: BSc Physiology, University of Bristol
Teaching and Workshops
. Aug 2022 (upcoming) Workshops at Wilderness Festival
· 2021/2022/2023 - Visiting Lecturer for Ba (Hons) Design Crafts (Ceramics) at University of Hertfordshire
. Aug 2020 to present - Teacher at at The Clay Room UK, Orpington, Kent
· Aug-Sept 2021 - Reclaiming the Conversation: Gender within Ceramics: This collaborative project was supported by Collective Matter. We ran workshops and events at Sugarhouse Studios and The Potting Shed, Contemporary Sculpture Park, Fulmer
· Feb-April 2021 – I assisted Clay with Dementia workshops at The Garden Museum, London
Exhibitions and Awards
2022 - Sensual Encounters, Solo show at The Back Room, Copeland Park, London
2021 - METANOIA, Royal College of Arts 2021 Grad Show, Cromwell Place, London
2021 - Caroline Fisher Projects, Norwich and London
2021 - Cabinet of Curiosities, Design Museum, London
2021 - Sketch, South Kensington, SW3 6HL
2021 - RCA 2021 online Show 2021.rca.ac.uk/students/emma-marks
2020 - WIP Show, RCA 2020
2018 – A Reciprocal Act of Love, Lewes, East Sussex
2016 - East Sussex Open 2016, Towner Gallery
2016 - Being in Place, Parkhall, London SE21 8EN
2015 - Hix Award Finalist, CNB Gallery, London EC2A 3LX
2015 - Penguin Art Prize, Foyles, Charring Cross Road, London
2015 - Camberwell Undergraduate Summer Show
2015 - QUIET! Magazine Second Issue Launch, Art Lacuna, SW11 2LR
2014 - VERGE, Parkhall Business Centre, SE21 8EN
2014 - JAR, Ongean, SE24 9GB
2014 - UNIT, Dilston Grove, SE16
2013 - HITTED-HIP, CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, Peckham, SE15 4ST
Publications & Online Talks
2021 - Emerging Potters Magazine, July-Sept 2021
30 June 2021: RCA Ceramics and Glass in Discussion: With Glenn Adamson 2021.rca.ac.uk/events/ceramics-glass-in-discussion-with-glenn-adamson