Emily Olivia Tapp (b. 1997, Bedfordshire) currently lives and works from Cornwall, UK.
Tapp originally trained as a painter at the Falmouth School of Art. After graduating in 2018, drawn to the idea of making work with function, she focused on developing a ceramics practice as artist in residence at CAST. In 2019, Emily embarked on an apprenticeship with Falmouth based potter Michel Francois and established her own pottery in Penryn, where she currently works today.
Tapp refers to the pieces she throws on the wheel from Cornish clay as blank canvases. These canvases are coloured with pigments and minerals sourced from Cornish land in the form of carefully developed and hand-mixed slips and glazes. Her work investigates the art of natural colour and the processing of raw materials by hand. The works are indeterminate as landscapes but are, very literally, ‘of land’. Each piece reflects on time and environment, conveying a unique sense of place.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
STUDIO APPRENTICE, Michel François — February 2019 - Present
BA (HONS) Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art — 2015 - 2018
CAST CULTIVATOR STUDIO AWARD 2018/2019
ACS / FALMOUTH MATERIALS AWARD, 2016/2017
CAST - Helston, Cornwall, September 2018 - August 2019
GRAYS WHARF - Penryn, Cornwall, July 2018
STIWDIO MAELOR - Corris, Wales, November 2017