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Contemporary jewellery practice engages me through the multiple layers of interpretation it can ignite.  Each context charges the work with new meaning, from the intimacy of the wearer’s perspective to the detachment of the gallery setting. The discipline holds a rich history and continues to be an accessible art form in contemporary culture. For me, jewellery possesses an incredible potential to convey big ideas on an intimate scale.

As standalone objects, my works entice the eye with their materiality and form. Once worn and touched, layers of intimate detail are revealed in their design, making physical the notion of a private, personal space.  I use acrylic as the principal material, manipulating it by using techniques such as carving, heat-forming, and drilling.  The form, translucency, and surface treatments of each piece stimulate a visual and tactile dialogue between the wearer and the work.  The wearer is given the opportunity to slow down and reflect, to reconnect to the physical world and to indulge their curiosity.

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Emma completed her BFA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and Minor in Art History at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2016. She was a finalist in the 2016 L.A. Pai National Jewellery Student Competition and exhibited at SOFA Chicago 2016 with Studio 21 Fine Art. Emma's work is about intimacy, allure, and private worlds with a focus on creating wearable contemplative objects. She experiments with different mediums in her jewellery, employing translucent materials such as plastics and resin. Emma is currently an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada.

EDUCATION
2017
Preliminary Gemmology Certificate, Canadian Gemmological Association
2016
BFA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, Minor in Art History, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2009-2011
Studies in French, Fine Art, Music, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


AWARDS/BURSARY

2017
Scholarship, Harbourfront Centre Metal Studio Residency
2016
Educational Mission to SOFA Chicago, Craft Alliance Atlantic Association
Finalist, L.A. Pai Gallery 13th Annual National Student Jewellery Competition, Ottawa Ontario
Arthur Lismer Award for Academic Excellence, NSCAD University
Nova Scotia Student Bursary, Attendance bursary for the Canadian Museums Association Conference


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2019
[Play]ground: A space for exploration
, Juried, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, British Columbia
2018
Revealed
, Visual Space Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2017
Working it Out, Harbourfront Centre, Curated by Melanie Egan, Toronto, Ontario
Art and Form
, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Draw Near
, Chives Window Space, Solo Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dialect
, NSCAD Fashion Show, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Entities
, NSCAD Senior Art Jewellery and Metalsmithing Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Gallery @ ACTS
, Atlantic Craft Trade Show, Juried Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2016
Draw Near, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Studio 21 Fine Art, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
15 Monologues,  Summer Craft Residency Exhibition, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
13th Annual National Student Jewellery Competition, L.A. Pai Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Currents, NSCAD Senior Jewellery group show and sale, Frida Fine Jewellery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
NSCAD Graduation Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2014
Coal or Gold, NSCAD Jewellery Department show and sale, Bridge Centre for the Arts and Technology, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2017
ARTiculations
Vol. 34, No. 2 "Emma Piirtoniemi: Big Ideas on an Intimate Scale" by Adam Carscadden
2016
Jewellery Studio Projects, NSCAD University, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing Catalogue
NSCAD Graduation Catalogue, NSCAD University, Designed and edited by Grace Laemmler
2015 and 2016
Free Coffee, NSCAD University, Annual Catalogue of Student Work


CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
2019
Skew-Whiff
, curator, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2016
Currents, exhibition coordinator, NSCAD Senior Jewellery group show and sale, Frida Fine Jewellery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2015
Curating Parallels
, co-curator, NSCAD faculty group show, Port Loggia Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


RESIDENCIES
2017
Harbourfront Centre
, Full-time Residency, Metal Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2016
Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, airCRAFT Nine Month Residency, Metal and Glass, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Professional Development Summer Residency Metal and Glass, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

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