I experience an elemental satisfaction when working with my hands; manipulating and mastering a material and technique through repetition and problem-solving. I work with clay, which is at once durable and fragile, to reinforce the nature of memory and give it form.
My constant quest for beauty involves both formal and existential inquires. The labor and meditation I experience in the making process is intended to impact the interpretation of my work. A seasonal change, a fleeting encounter with wildlife, or a particular man-made structure on the landscape cause me pause; a brief and spiritual moment that reminds me of my humanness, my senses and surroundings.
Emily Reason grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BFA from West Virginia University. She has been making pots in western North Carolina for twelve years and she is the author of Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing. Emily now teaches Ceramics in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. She lives in Canton, NC with her husband and young daughter.