WHO WE ARE
Emily Abbott earned a BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 1999. Prior to the completion of her degree, she completed concentrated studies in glass at Penland School of Crafts, under the instruction of Dimitri Michaelides. She has been involved also with Pilchuck Glass School for many years as a student, teaching assistant, and as a staff member.
Emily’s work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions across the country. Locally, she has participated in group shows at The Society of Arts and Crafts and the Chappell Gallery, both in Boston, Massachusetts.
Emily is a co-owner and co-operator of Simple Syrup Glass Studio in Needham, Massachusetts.
Glass has many alluring qualities. It can be luminous and sensuous, fragile and still incredibly tactile. What captivates me most, however, is the process and the possibilities of the material. I like to make functional objects as well as sculptural objects. My approach to both is based on simplicity of form, line, and color or the absence of color. While some of my sculptural work may develop from a conceptual idea or from a personal response, it is not my objective to convey that inspiration to the viewer. I hope to engage the viewer through the use of form and surface, and through the viewer’s own associations with objects that combine the familiar with a sense of the noumenal.