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 a practicing jewellery artist, freelance writer/editor, and curator.
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.