Emily Schroeder Willis


I love creating modern and simple forms.

"Elements of touch, intimacy and mark making are extremely important to the work I make. Each pot shifts into form through pinching and darting the surface of the clay, my fingertips guide the edges of the vessel to create lines which give rise to the visual landscape of my work. Through this slow and careful process of pinching, I believe I create a different type of intimacy between the viewer and the object. My fingerprints act as brush strokes on the surface of the clay, each pinch making a formal impression of the hand that created it. Human presence and the mark of the hand are important to my work, which steps back to a time where work isn't about production, but rather the touch of a fingertip. "

Emily describes herself as an urban artist who makes objects for use.

Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2001 Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and the Sage Scholarship from the Archie Bray Foundation. She has exhibited her work across North America as well as in Europe, Central America and Australia. She has been an artist-in-residence/visiting artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, the Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin, the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass CO and at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada. Emily was a presenter for the 2012 Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Emily has a studio in Chicago.