Emily Marie discovered her love of glass blowing in 2008 when she took up an apprenticeship under renowned glass artist Kristian Merwin. After spending her first several months making mostly jewelry and other ornaments, Emily made her first pipe, and she hasn’t looked back since.
With the guidance and encouragement of her teacher and her fellow glass artists, Emily has gradually worked her way up to making larger and more complex pieces. Her aesthetic is a constantly evolving one, which is to say that it is always in motion and consistently open to development. In recent months she has been using her craft as a medium through which to combine her artistic desires with her great love of science and the natural world. Propelled by this theme, Emily entered her first live glass blowing competition at Champs, winning a gold medal in the qualifying round and moving on to take fourth place in the Masters' Final. She sees these competitions as an opportunity to challenge herself, to stay inspired to grow, and to feel the great adrenaline rush that comes with creating something at the edge of one's skill level.
Emily considers it a true privilege to be involved with such an engaging and rapidly evolving industry. She knows that without the skill and generosity of her fellow artists and collectors, she and the rest of the glass world would surely stagnate. She plans to spend the rest of her years fully exploring her medium, pushing it to it's limits, and contributing something of value to it's great culture and store of creative knowledge. Emily Marie lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Her current body of work can be viewed on Instagram.
Emily on Instagram @emilymarieglass
Emily on Hello Glass