The Ceramic House

J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics

Delfina Emmanuel

_DSC8217 copy Born in Alghero, Italy, Delfina Emmanuel graduated from the Harrow School of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in 2007.

The ceramic forms she makes have been influenced by the delicate and fragile nature of living organisms. Her sources of inspiration come from her birth island of Sardinia, rich in marine life, with corals, anemones and rock formations.

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Delfina tries to capture these delicate qualities in her vessels and by making them as exquisite as possible, she hopes to express the preciousness of life.

Her aim is to make objects, which go beyond use; the very decoration that draws you in becomes a type of barrier, a shield. The hollow egg like form, which is at the core of each structure, remains a symbol of new life, whilst having the generous associations of domesticity.

The slow hand-building process allows time for a meditative approach which coupled with determination and patience brings her joy and satisfaction. She builds up rich surfaces from layers of glaze and lustre to create pieces that hopefully express the ideas which she regards as being important.

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