Student Scholar Profile: Tom Emmett

How long have you been at TBSSS? 

This term at the Tom Bass School is my third, under the tutelage of Christine Crimmins. I have been creating art and works of design for the last five years, but the approach at TBSSS is unique and has provided me with a different set of skills.

What have you gained from being a TBSSS scholar?

I have been very fortunate to benefit from the generous Youth Scholarship the School and the City of Sydney sponsor. The time and space to think and create freely, the focus on the materials and tools and the lineage and candle of knowledge from Tom Bass through the current tutors to myself, as a student, are key benefits and highlights for me.

What do you do when you’re not sculpting?

I work on my art and design practice three days a week either in Sydney, or in a space in the Southern Highlands. The rest of the time I work at Dinosaur Designs, managing the production of their beautiful pieces. I am also an avid reader; Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu was an enlightening read.

What sculptures and artists inspire you?

The usual suspects like Moore, Hepworth, Giacometti, Gormley and others spring to mind, and also the many great Australian sculpture talents too – Bronwyn Oliver, Gunybi Ganambarr, Janos Korban and Stefanie Flaubert. As always, nature, both the sea and land, is the primary inspiration.

Tell us about what you’re working on currently…

In early April I will be exhibiting two pieces of furniture with Local Design at Milan Design Week. The two works are carved from layers of plywood, which I created in the Southern Highlands over a period of a few months. It will be an exciting opportunity to present some Australian design and sculpture to an international audience. Another project, which is slowly progressing, is a privacy screen for a private client in Queensland. Inspired by the property and topography of the site, the piece is waterjet cut to my hand drawing. It is a couple of months away from completion still.

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