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ARTIST STATEMENT

As a boy, I loved to climb trees, explore the shoreline and get dirty. Still do. Clay lets me be a kid at play, a mad scientist and an artist, all at once.

The Zen Buddhist philosophy of wabi-sabi, which sees beauty in imperfection, resonates with me. I like things that are unique, authentic and irregular. I could spend a lifetime tinkering with infinite combinations of form and glaze. In fact, that’s exactly what I plan to do.

I realized early on, as a flat-broke potter fresh out of craft college, I couldn’t wait for money or permission to get going. So, I learned by doing. Now, 20 years later, I still have the same motto: “Do what you can with what you have. And do it now."

Along with making pottery, I love wooden boats, backcountry skiing, biking country roads, playing 1980s video games with my brother, and being engulfed in the music of Donovan.

 
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Bio

Darren Emenau has received consistent professional recognition for his art, including multiple ArtsNB Creation and Regional Grants. His work has been presented and included in public and private collections worldwide, and featured in numerous publications and exhibitions.

Emenau participated in the International Craft Biennale in South Korea, and the 3rd International Ceramic and Glass Exhibition in Turkey. He has had annual solo exhibitions for most years of his career. Recently Emenau's work was featured in the international publication, Wood-Fired Ceramics 100 Contemporary Artists, along with publications in Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Art and Perception. Most recently, his work was featured in Gifts of the Earth: Crafting Ceramics from Maritime Mud in Canadian Art.