Sophia Emmett completed a traineeship at the Jam Factory, Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide and studied Visual Arts at Monash University, majoring in hot glass. Sophia has travelled extensity in Australia and the USA, pursuing her career in design. She has worked with a number of master glass blowers and has undertaken several artist-in-residency programs, including the Canberra School of Art and a fellowship at the Creative Glass Centre of America.
In recent years Sophia has become interested in making jewellery, creating each piece as a small sculptural form. Sophia enjoys the challenge of designing and making pieces that are intimate, wearable constructions. These works have evolved from her innovative approach to materials, combined with a fascination of the relationship between texture and form.
Materials: Newcastle coal and sterling silver.
Dimensions of coal bead: 1.4cm x 1.6cm, thickness 0.5cm.
"The coal used in this jewellery is found on Newcastle beaches. The facets are hand cut and ground into the coal surface. Each item is unique, as the material determines the size and number of facets. These pieces are designed to start a conversation about people’s perception of the value of coal. The facets cut into the coal used in this jewellery are a metaphor, demonstrating that there are many ways to look at this natural resource depending on where you stand."
- Sophia Emmett