My name is Emma Wilson and I am from Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland, I studied 3D Design at Gray's School of Art in the city, specialising in metalwork and enamel. After graduating in 1995, I spent a few years in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter working as a designer-jeweller before starting a family and moving back to Scotland. While bringing up my children, circumstances didn't allow me to work in metal and enamel, so I worked with paper and photography instead, making handmade notebooks and stationery. I was able to return to silversmithing and enamelling in 2017 thanks to Vanilla Ink Studios in Glasgow, and am now based in my new workshop at Deemouth Artist Studios in Aberdeen.
Taking inspiration from the landscapes and weather of Scotland, I create fine silver and enamel jewellery and hand-raised copper and enamel bowls. My work begins in the landscape, taking photos of the huge Scottish skies, paying attention to where the land meets the sky and where the light hits the sea. The photographs then contribute to and inform the watercolour paintings I produce back in the studio which I then reference when I start working in the enamel, using jewellery enamel and finely powdered painting enamel to produce an effect similar to my paintings. I'm trying to evoke the feeling of the landscape without reproducing it exactly. The colours I use are natural and muted like those found in the Scottish landscape.