I have such wonderful news to share: I was featured in this issue of Studio Magazine in their under the radar section! They don’t have an online version of their magazine. However, this issue will be on shelves until March 2017.
Studio magazine is a Canadian, bi-annual publication that showcases Canadian craft and design perspectives within global material culture. A part of their regular articles is their “Under the Radar” section aims to ‘spot the lesser known talent.’
I am delighted to be one of the three artists whom they’ve chosen to feature. I'm on page 59 if you happen to have a tangible copy.
They have chosen to describe me with the following combination of words:
"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 which 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."
Although names and titles don’t really mean much, I’d like to acknowledge that it is such a privilege to be considered at the same level as two artists with so much more experience than me: Michelle Wilson (who has completed her BFA and MFA) as well as Erin Callahan St John (who has completed her BFA and has had an apprenticeship opportunity)... and then there’s me—with my little, two year, fine arts diploma.
I am so excited to see what the future has to offer! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey!