Clay artist and potter Emoke Wilson’s passion for art was sparked at a young age. She tried different media, eventually being drawn to clay because of its highly tactile nature—which provides a perfect medium to bring her personality and creativity to life. Emoke has pursued pottery as an art form for over 20 years using earthenware, stoneware and porcelain to create her clay art pieces. However, porcelain is her favourite type of clay to work with. Emoke’s handbuilt and wheelspun decorative clay art pieces are inspired by natural and organic shapes; as well as from precise machine-made patterns found in modern life. Her most popular work uses the Mishima pottery technique that inlays slip into a clay piece of a contrasting colour.
Emoke was born in Hungary and emigrated to Canada in 1957 eventually settling in Toronto. She completed a B.A. from the University of Toronto, has a specialist certificate in Visual Arts, and has taken other formal art training from a variety of places including the Edmonton Art Gallery and Canadore College in North Bay. Her one of a kind clay art pieces can be found in private collections internationally in Canada, United States and England. Emoke currently pursues her passion for pottery as a clay artist with The Potter’s Studio, a co-operative pottery studio in Toronto, Canada.