Emma Piirtoniemi is inspired by jewellery’s ability to convey big ideas on an intimate scale, and views the discipline as an accessible art form in contemporary culture. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Emma is an emerging jewellery artist, writer, and curator. In 2016, she completed her BFA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and Minor in Art History at NSCAD University. She was a finalist in the 2016 L.A. Pai National Jewellery Student Competition in Ottawa and has exhibited nationally and internationally, including SOFA Chicago.
Emma is currently based in Toronto, Ontario, as an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre. There, she continues her practice working in acrylic, glass, and metal, employing techniques such as acrylic carving and glass lamp-working. She focuses on making contemplative objects which touch upon intimacy, allure, and private worlds. Often incorporating installation methods in her work, Emma aims to connect through jewellery in both wearable and non-wearable contexts, bringing the innate intimacy of tactile objects to non-corporeal space.