Emma Bugg is a hunter of four-leaf clovers, a finder of treasure and loves the colour of days with dark, dark storm clouds and bright yellow sunlight. Her career as a jeweller was kickstarted while sitting at a cafe and talking to her friend Gabbee, who introduced Emma to the idea of studying a diploma course in jewellery design and silversmithing. Two and a bit years later they are both selling work at well established galleries, just down the road from the cafe, where it all began...
When Emma isn't in her studio, she works at MONA
Museum of Old and New Art
where she gets much inspiration for her jewellery designs.
Emma finds inspiration for her jewellery in the urban environment. Architectural design and materials are a key element in her work. Conceptually, she looks at the idea of holding on to memory of place, collecting pieces of discarded rubble from demolition sites and mixing the ground up remains through concrete and setting it in jewellery.
Emma has also done memorial pieces, with cremated ashes being set in concrete as a way to immortalise the memory of a loved one. As well as being a personal keepsake, the ashes add strength to the concrete.