Emma Lindegaard is a self-taught ceramic artist working from her home studio in Waylyup/Fremantle, Western Australia. Her objects are built entirely by hand – using the coiling method and minimal tools – over several days. This process allows for thoughtful modification of shape, texture and balance.
Emma’s on-going development in abstract sculpture is born out of time spent immersed in the landscape, drawing inspiration from rock formations and natural structures. At the same time the work is also informed by architectural periods and design movements, as well as the modernist artists before her. Each piece is a unique expression, often led by an exploration of negative space, organic curves, and clean lines; allowing room throughout the process for spontaneity, instinct and experimentation to inform the final piece.
Typically, minimal yet refined surface-finishing methods complete each piece– to honour the earthiness of the raw medium, and to emphasise the form. Textural glazes and slips are added to create a tactile response, connecting viewer with object; grounding them in time and place.
Emma graduated from the West Coast Institute of Training (WCIT) with a Diploma of Events management in 2012. Shortly after graduating Emma began her business ‘ELS’ a boutique event styling studio specialising in Long Table Gatherings, Floral Design and Food styling. Over the years Emma’s styling work has led her to work on a wide range of projects with clients such as Vestiaire Collective, Kinfolk Magazine, Perth Fashion Festival and StyleAid. Her work has been featured in Harpers Bazaar, Hello May and White Magazine and she was approached to be represented by The Lane (an online creative agency) in 2015.
Emma’s journey with clay began in 2016, after attending a short course at Fremantle Art Centre. She has since refined her craft in abstract and functional objects, and now maintains a daily practice. Her first exhibition of works was in a two-person show ‘And Then it Becomes One’ in 2019, with Japanese wire artist Tipura. In February 2021 she curated her first group show ‘Still, Now’ at Nyisztor Studio, an exhibition of works across multiple mediums (sculpture, furniture, collage, painting and photography) exploring the space within and without an object.