Studio apprentice to Michel François — February 2019 - Present
BA (HONS) Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art — 2015 - 2018
Shortlisted - ROYAL BATH & WEST ART SCHOLARSHIP 2019/2020
CAST CULTIVATOR STUDIO AWARD 2018/2019
Shortlisted - ARTIST OF THE YEAR, Destig Magazine, June 2018
ACS / FALMOUTH MATERIALS AWARD, 2016/2017
Emily Olivia Tapp (b. 1997, Bedfordshire) currently lives and works from Cornwall, UK. She is an unorthodox cartographer, her maps manifesting their form in clay.
Tapp originally trained as a painter at the Falmouth School of Art. Since graduating in 2018, drawn to making functional work, Tapp has focused on developing her ceramics practice as artist in residence at CAST, Cornwall. In February 2019, Emily embarked on an apprenticeship with Falmouth based potter Michel Francois.
Tapp’s practice encompasses ceramics and painting, referring to the pieces she throws on the wheel from Cornish clay as blank canvases. These canvases are coloured with pigments and minerals in the form of slips and glazes, often applied in a painterly fashion with a brush, referencing her Fine Art background.
Across all disciplines, her work investigates the art of natural colour and the processing of raw materials by hand. The works are indeterminate as landscapes but are, very literally, ‘of land’. Each piece reflects on time and environment, conveying a unique sense of place.
Currently artist in residence at CAST, Cornwall and studio apprentice for Falmouth based artist and potter Michel François.
CAST - Helston, Cornwall, September 2018 - August 2019
GRAYS WHARF - Penryn, Cornwall, July 2018
STIWDIO MAELOR - Corris, Wales, November 2017