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Tinta Talks with Emma from Voluptuary Ceramics

Tinta Talks with Emma from Voluptuary Ceramics

Meet Emma! She is the pastel-loving, pink-haired, clay wrangler behind Voluptuary Ceramics. I met her at Finders Keepers in December 2019 and have been a huge fan of her and her beautiful work ever since. Emma is famous for her voluptuous, pastel belly mugs, and her other curvy, feminine ceramic vessels. They sell out almost as soon as she releases them, and it's no wonder why. Emma emanates warmth from the moment you meet her and is a big supporter of other small creative businesses. All in all, we like her a lot. We asked her a few questions and found out more about her creative process and what's inspiring her.

 

Why did you start Voluptuary? 

I have always been drawn to representations of the body, physicality and femininity and wanted to explore an aesthetic that played with those things. As time progressed, I found myself making more iteratively and eventually I felt ready to try and sell the pieces that I had made. If you had asked me several years ago whether I would have a studio space and be making ceramics (almost) full-time I would have said ‘you’re dreamin’ mate'.  So, I feel really lucky to be where I am with making now, two years in to Voluptuary and enjoying the ride. 

What does an average day look like for you?

I’ll wake up in my small Sydney apartment, try to stretch or move my body in some way, sip my first coffee of the day and head to my studio in Botany. I tend to lose track of time when I’m in the making zone so the rest of my day becomes a blur of mess making and playing with clay until the sun goes down. Sometimes, If I’m lucky and the day is warm I’ll sneak in a swim before heading home as the beach is only 5 mins away. More often than not I’ll leave the studio in the dark, covered in clay, and ready to end the day watching a movie on the couch. 

What's your favourite room in your house and why?

My study, which was previously my home studio until very recently. There is such nice light in there and it’s where my business began so it’s quite sentimental. 
 
What's inspiring you at the moment?

Wanting to feel joyous in my home space. I think all the time spent at home this year has made me reconsider that value I placed in curating and personalising my own home for joy rather than for ease. There is something so special when you eat or drink off a handmade object and I want to replicate that feeling with other objects in my home and be able to offer that experience to others. 
 
What's your most precious object and why? 

A huge hand sewn tapestry I brought back from India. It’s hand beaded and sequinned and I fell in love the moment I saw it. I insisted on carrying all 15kgs of it around as we backpacked through the middle of India because I knew I wanted to bring it home with me.  
 
One of your favourite places to eat or drink?

Without question Donut Papi is my favourite dessert! Though Yullis in Surry Hills is my first choice for dinner. 
 
What are you listening to and reading at the moment?

Reading ‘Ghosts’ by Dolly Alderton and Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

Who is a maker or creative you're loving?

Hebe Konditori, Brittany Asch (@Brrch_Flora) and Tomihiro Kono (@tomikono_wig) absolutely blow my mind. 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? 
 
You’ve got to be in it to win it. It’s simple yet effective, put yourself out there, try new things and don’t stop showing up. 
 
Any fun plans for Voluptuary in 2021?

My own kiln will arrive in June this year which has me shouting to the rooftops with excitement and will really open my making up to new possibilities like plates, one off pieces and hopefully some more collaborations. In the meantime, I have a whole bunch of beeswax I can wait to play around with, so I guess you’ll have to wait and see!

 

 

Emma's beautiful bedroom featuring our blush marble & candy check pillowcases.  

Top image of Emma in her studio by Sian Egginton