Being surrounded by art as a young child inspired Emma Cotton to pursue a career as an artist. Emma’s love of travel and her broad range of experience working in varying jobs from a trades assistant to a wrought iron artist, also working alongside experienced jewellers are evident contributors to the unique jewellery that she now produces. Her training in gemmology further adds to her skill in creating fine quality silver and gemstone jewellery with unique artistic flair.
Emma Cotton has been exhibiting her bespoke jewellery at JahRoc Galleries for over 5 years and has accumulated many collectors from around the world.
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When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realize you had talent?
Having art around me since I was very small, I felt I was always going to be a maker.
Where did you learn your art?
I lived in the North West of WA for many years so I studied there and then in Margaret River with established jewellers.
But most of my skills come from trial and error and lots of hard work making mistakes and being proud of the successes.
What inspires you most?
I have been fortunate to have traveled and seen jewellers in many corners of the world and this inspires me.
The journey that a finished piece of my jewellery will have when someone chooses to wear it, this curiosity inspires me also
What message are you sending to the viewer of your art?
I enjoy the pleasure of making a piece of jewellery that brings the wearer joy and lasts for generations.
Describe your studio…
I work at home in a great room at my bench looking out onto bushland of Margaret River.
My studio is full of shiny things which I love, tools, metal, gems and fire.
Describe your typical day of creating art…
Eli is my young son and my day is dictated by him so sometimes I sneak some work in at 4am or sporadically when I can.
What mediums do you use and why?
I work with silver and gems to embellish.
I love the shininess of silver and its potential to be pushed and worked which for me is limitless.
What are you working on now?
I always have a few pieces on the go, at the moment I have been experimenting with the use of copper and silver together.
What are your recent career achievements you feel proud of?
Completing a Diploma in Gemmology has given me the scientific knowledge into the character of minerals.
What do you love most about what you do?
Where can you see yourself in 10 years time?
I see myself in ten years as older and hopefully wiser.