EMILY LAKE ~ GLASS ARTIST
As a small child Emily liked to separate grains of sand into colours, and later took a shine to glass which is primarily made of sand.
In 1978 Emily began an apprenticeship as a flameworker. She was taught how to make lace glass ornaments, such as booties, wedding cake toppers and sailing ships.
Some years later, Emily moved and began flameworking in her own studio in South Canterbury.
Eventually she met and married a fellow glass artist Alec and for the next 20 years or so, they had displays in many craft shows and shopping malls around New Zealand. Emily and Alec travelled to the USA and England where Emily was a guest artist, and taught classes in her style of glass art. In 2004 they moved to Picton and setup a studio there, where sadly a few years later Alec Lake passed away. Emily by this time had a line of glass jewellery and souvenirs that were selling in shops and galleries throughout New Zealand.
In 2009 Emily started a line of Glass Memorial items, incorporating ashes into glass, and continued to teach glass art in NZ.
In 2012 Emily concentrated on a Diploma of Art & Creativity through the Learning Connection in Wellington. Since then Emily has expanded her creative journey exploring painting, printmaking, ceramics and various other mediums.
Emily now lives in the Nelson region making souvenirs and jewellery with molten glass.