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Emily Rensink


What clay body do you use?

" Laguna’s B-mix w/grog and Buff"


Primary forming method?

"hand building—coils, slabs, pinch"


Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 1"


Favorite surface treatment?

"underglaze"






Life Over Coffee








Life Over Coffee



Favorite Tools?

"Mud Tools ribs, Chinese Clay Art scoring tool, Kemper Tools K-34 knife, Philippe Faraut’s clay modeling eye tool."


First Roller Coaster Ride


Describe your studio environment.

"My studio was converted from a screened in porch on the house.  It gave me the perfect amount of space and the floors are sealed concrete so cleanup is easy. It is tidy but active; I like to have a little background noise so I listen to a book, music, or movie while I work."



Never Say Never










First Roller Coaster Ride














Never Say Never




How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"So far there has been very little selling, but I try to enter shows regularly, and am optimistic about an upcoming group show (September 4 - October 30, 2021) at Mossrock Studio that I am participating in.  I don’t know that I produce enough work regularly, as of yet, to search out gallery representation."











Letting Go 101


Contemplating a first Kiss



Letting Go 101



What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

"I fell in love with the material in undergrad and could not imagine committing to another material as wholeheartedly.  Most of my inspiration comes from life experiences or by working intuitively from a specific facial expression. "              




Did I Pick You or Did You Pick Me?




Manipulated By The Media









Did I Pick You or Did You Pick Me?







Manipulated By The Media



Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "At the onset of college I had no clear career heading and at the close I had two fine art degrees with an emphasis in ceramics and no real clue what I wanted to do with them.  I tried working in a gallery and realized I was not cut our for sales, then tried a smattering of other odd jobs before I stumbled into teaching art; now I cannot imagine doing anything else.  My artistic practice has ebbed and flowed over the years, but I have become far more invested in finding a balance between teaching and my own practice in the last few years. "


      Certified






      Wait 30 Minutes After Eating


      Certified


      Wait 30 Minutes After Eating



      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

      "Teaching has been the most direct vehicle for me.  I predominantly work with middle and high school students, but also participate in artist groups, classes, and workshops as a way to learn and share ideas and insights with my peers."




        Be Careful What You Put Into Your Mouth and What Comes Out




        Time For Contemplation






        Time For Contemplation



        What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

          Relax, its just art "


          Reflections





          Reflections


          Sometimes You Just Have to Suck it Up


          Website URL and other social media platforms:

          Website: www.emilyrensink.com

          Bio:

          “Memory” explores moments that shape who I am, from cherished to unpleasant and beyond.  These moments of growth are conveyed through sculpted figures that capture a cartoon-like version of myself which is reinforced by the bright blocks of color and use of textiles.  The humorous approach to the narratives along with the generalized characters provide an opening to reaching a wider audience.  By sharing my experiences, I hope to connect with the viewer on a more personal level.  Self-reflection is an essential part of human evolution and individual growth.  We can empower ourselves by contemplating our experiences, understanding how and why we embody them, and making conscious choices going forward.  Living is about reflection and learning, evolving the person you want to be.  I for one prefer to do it with a bit of laughter.

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