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whatever you are making, designing, that you enjoy doing it. It can be really soul destroying putting all your creative energy into a piece you don't like.


Who are some of your favourite artists/designers/makers? Jennifer Collier was a big inspiration, such lovely work and sooo non- functional! I remember seeing Dionne Swift's textile pieces years ago and loving them. One of my prize possessions is a ceramic watering can by Caroline Nash, with its spout filled in! Obviously, a lot of my favourite designers are from the mid-20th century. At present my favourite classic is probably Jessie Tait who designed for Midwinter pottery.


Please describe your work setting. I have a corner space at Weetwood Studios in Leeds, a gorgeous old stone building which was once a school and has the feel of a chapel. I work surround by all the bits and pieces which inspire me....teacups,


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plates, packaging, treasures found in charity shops or my mums attic. My favourite storage unit is a 60's pink cocktail cabinet which a friend rescued from a skip for me over 15 years ago. I tend to work in chaos then have a huge tidy up before creating chaos again.


You have two young children - how do you maintain balance in your life between work and play? I try to keep the two separate on a day to day level. I find it impossible to work productively after school pick up, so try to switch off, even if I'm itching to get on with a new design or fill an order; things run much more smoothly then. However, I do enjoy the times when my children (and husband) do become involved, for example at Woolfest this year. One of the main reasons I returned to the show was because of the fabulous time my children had there last time; we're already looking forward to our Woolfest “holiday” next year.


Opportunities to hold new born


lambs, talk to Alpacas, watch clog dancing and look after a till, don't often come along in a 9 to 5 'proper job'.


Is "handmade" important to you and why? “Handmade”


is obviously an


important quality of my work, but in general also, it's amazing to see the skill and artistry in a handmade piece and this adds to its innate value and appeal.


If you had the opportunity to learn a new craft, what would it be? Definitely ceramics; the technical process scares me a little as I like the immediacy of the printing and textile techniques I use. But most contemporary craft


I lust over is ceramic or ceramics inspired.


For more information about Emma and her work visit: www.emmadolan.co.uk


Images courtesy of Emma Dolan


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