Studio ManagerCeramics, Youth Ceramics
Emily Albee was born and raised in Ellington CT. One of 11 children, her childhood was spent either playing out of doors when the weather cooperated, or drawing inside with her sisters and brothers. While artistic expression has always been an important part of her life, Emily did not begin any formal training until the Spring of 2012 when she was 23 years old. She started pursuing her degree at Manchester Community College focusing in painting and ceramics, under the tutelage of Rick Harden and Susan Classen-Sullivan. After MCC she completed her BFA in Ceramics at the University of Hartford, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Since graduating Emily has completed an internship with Canton Clay Works, participated in workshops with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Craft, and has taken the studio manager position with Wesleyan Potters. Emily was awarded the Doris Kinsella Achievement award, and is a 2019 Launchpad Artist with Five Points Gallery in Torrington CT.
Working with clay Emily uses the animal form to explore themes of domesticity, power hierarchies and gender roles. By conflating animals with humans she is able use their anthropomorphism to investigate ideas of relationships and identity. Translating the imagery as if interpreting a dream, Emily connects the subconscious to the tangible. On the surface her work is lighthearted and whimsical, asking the viewer to scratch a little deeper.