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. She is also a core member of MetalAid Canadian Contemporary Jewellery Network, serving as editor and contributing writer.
Emma is currently based in Toronto, Ontario, as a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre. There, she continues her practice working in jewellery-based installation with acrylic, glass, and metal, mainly focusing on her techniques in acrylic carving. Her contemplative objects and installations dwell on intimacy, interface, singular and collective experiences, and emotion: reiterating the validity of feeling and of taking time, if just for a moment.