Emmeline Butler is a ceramic artist, currently living and working in the Yorkshire Dales, with interests in throwing functional pottery forms on the wheel, but also creating sculptural works inspired by the natural world.
Having attended a number of courses over the past few years, from Leeds College of Art to individual tuition, she is now consolidating her knowledge through practice and experimental processes.
Her current ceramic ranges include themes inspired by the stunning Dales landscape that surrounds her: the plants and animals, the rivers, the limestone landscapes. Her work varies from the literal to more abstract interpretations of these themes. She is currently developing a body of work inspired by limestone pavements, where the ceramic surface is treated and cracked, reminiscent of the pavement’s clints and grikes.
Techniques used vary from conventional glazes in electric kiln firings, to much more experimental firing approaches, including raku firing, alcohol firing and use of the obvara firing method, all of which produce interesting and spectacular results.