About My Work:
My work is inspired and shaped by two things… Functionality and the beauty and simplicity of
Some artists see simplicity and functionality as negative or elementary- and believe that it
takes away from the importance of a piece of artwork. I disagree entirely. Pottery, to me, is an
art form that derives its greatest power from synergy. There a collaborative beauty and
meaning in each piece that starts with the hands of the potter forming the vessel out of raw
earth, and is completed in the daily use and ritual of the owner of the pot. The way a pot feels
and the way that it performs its function are a big part of that daily experience. It is for this
reason that I strive to create pieces that are incredibly functional in addition to being beautiful.
I like to leave behind detailed hints of my hands having been in the clay, like the throwing
lines that record the path of my fingers in my dinner plates, and the variety of unique hand
built handles I create to remind the user of my hand at the place where theirs is likely to be.
Nature plays a big part in informing and inspiring my pieces as well. In some pots it is very
obvious… My pitchers are based on the breast of a bird, my vegetable trays on a daffodil; my
bird houses on an acorn. For many of my pieces the inspiration is more subtle, but it is
always there. My color palette is inspired by the natural world as well.
I am grateful every day for having been given the gift of artistic ability. I form earth into vessels
that are both functional and beautiful, and that enrich people's lives. They are imbued with
the vitality of handmade craftsmanship, and the spirit of the earth, and thereby carry a life of
their own. It is something like nostalgia- a feeling of beauty that is rich and deep, but
impossible to define.
People often tell me of a certain piece that they have had and used for 10 or 20 or 30 years-
and how after all that time how it has come to mean so much to them. The right pot can
become so special that it is almost a part of the family. And it lifts my heart to know that some
of my pieces will eventually have that place of distinction and love in someone's heart and
home long after I have forgotten them.
My long term goal is to retain and enrich my gratitude, and not lose sight of the beauty of my
gift or get lost in the struggles for money and survival. I remind myself daily that if I keep
passion and gratitude in my heart, and work hard and stay creative that prosperity will
Pottery brings the beauty of the earth into people's hands. It is the vessel to deliver
nourishment, and is the center of the hearth; the center of the home. To each of you who
appreciate its worth and continue to support individual craftsmen like myself I extend the
warmest of thanks.
Please explore my photo gallery, and feel free to contact me with order requests, new ideas,
or feedback of any kind.
|Beautiful and functional stoneware pottery for the home. All pieces are lead free, and dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
|Handmade Stoneware Pottery By Emily Brown
|Little e Pottery
|Available for immediate purchase and shipping in my Etsy Store