Emily May, December 2015.
Installing Dragonfly Sculpture.



Emily May feels most at home when she is in the studio, where she often works until she is starving. Originally from Vancouver, BC, May received a Fine Arts Diploma with accolades in ceramics from Langara College in 2016. She currently is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in ceramics at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. Although May primarily communicates her ideas through ceramics, her multidisciplinary practice includes sculpture, painting, film, photography and performance. May has displayed work across Canada in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Alberta.

2016 winner of the Craft Council of BC Emerging Artist Award in ceramics, EMILY MAY’s work is already celebrated and spilling beyond the borders of a ceramic practice. Initially drawing guidance from her materials, May is driven creatively forward by a desire to challenge status quo opinions and belief structures. She is especially concerned with stigmas surrounding mental health and presents work that powerfully – if subtly – confronts common stereotypes with a critical humour. She seeks to examine society’s obligations to the individual. May uses sophisticated wit to capture a commentary on the zeitgeist that doesn’t get bogged down but rather elevates the political – both theoretical and practical – making the viewer smile, think and change. May is just completing a Fine Arts Diploma at Langara College in Vancouver and it will be interesting to watch where her broad interdisciplinary interests take her.
— Studio Magazine, Vol. 11 No. 2, Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Issue

In April 2016, May received her Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College. Currently, she is residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she recently completed her BFA with a major in Ceramics at NSCAD University. 


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