Emma Tallack is originally from the United Kingdom and also lived in Germany for many years. Since 2012, she has been based in Portland, Maine. Emma is passionate about the art of metalsmithing – whether it be to design jewelry or to create functional or sculptural pieces – and believes that having the opportunity to create and explore art is a gift that should be available to everyone.
Emma began creating jewelry in Germany in the early 2000’s. While taking an art therapy class focused around sculpturing soapstone, Emma recognized that her sculptures were becoming smaller and smaller, leading her to purpose them into wearable items. From here, she began working with sterling silver and embarked on the journey of learning traditional metalsmithing techniques.
To understand and develop the fundamental skills involved in working with metal, she has trained herself through courses and workshops, including classes at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. At her studio in Portland, Emma devotes time to her continual growth as a jewelry designer and metalsmith; she loves to discover and hone new methods, which she then weaves into her own designs.
Emma draws upon a variety of sources for inspiration, including art and texture, man-made structures and nature. She enjoys the challenge of blending organic and manufactured materials into delicate and wearable treasures.