Emma Lacey's first degree was at The University of Brighton on the 3D Crafts course, specialising in ceramics and metalwork. This gave her a breadth of experience in working with a range of different materials and a sensibility for design through making. At Brighton she loved exploring the limits of materials, learning what they would and wouldn’t do.
She went on to study for a Masters in Ceramics Design at Central Saint Martins, where her research took her to factories in Stoke-on-Trent and Germany. It was during this time that the importance of use became very clear in Emma's work and her interest in functional design and the detailing of industrial products had a huge impact on the way she approaches her work now.
"People are initially drawn in by the shape and colour of my pieces then continue to explore and discover details the longer they hold them for. The contrast between a matt and glossy glaze might encourage you to explore the surface, or the form might make you hold a cup in a particular way. The dent in the Everyday range allows the person holding it to get a sense of the softness of the clay just after the shape is thrown on the wheel. I love the thought that the material properties of an object can connect the designer or maker’s experience to that of the person using it."