Emma Williams creates her highly tactile and colourful ceramics from her Nottingham studio using the press-moulding process. After a biscuit firing to 1000ºC, Emma dips, pours and brushes a range of glazes onto her pots and plates. To create her highly-textured, cracking effect, Emma uses a "crawl" glaze; these glazes pull or "crawl" away from the clay base in the kiln.
The natural world is a major source of inspiration for Emma. Whilst her ceramics might recall abstract landscapes such as cracked desert planes or fields, many are directly inspired by her personal interactions with the natural world. Such experiences include childhood holidays spent beachcombing and rockpooling at the seaside, to day-to-day encounters of things such as lichen growing on a stone wall.