I’m Emma, a recently turned 28-year-old, originally from Edinburgh. Since then I’ve been a bit of a nomad and called Glasgow, Manchester, and now Leeds, home. I live with my boyfriend, Archer, and our very beautiful squishy-faced cat, Lady.
I run a pottery business called ‘Pot yer tits away luv’ that represents realistic female form; basically, I make pots that have tits on them. I do also make pots with penises on but for some reason they aren’t as popular…
I started making the pots initially as presents. I always make Christmas presents for my friends and family, and in 2016 I decided to make presents out of clay, even though I had never used clay before. As a joke, Archer said he wanted my tits on a pot, and so I made him just that! We hadn’t been together for a long time so I thought it would be a funny present. We still have it – it actually looks nothing like my boobs – my skills have improved since then, thankfully! One of his friends had mentioned how they’d love one with their boobs, which got me thinking about the lack of diversity when it comes to breasts in society.
Boobs are everywhere – on mugs, phone cases, t-shirts etc. but they are all the same generic and ‘perfect’ boobs. So I decided to embark on a journey that included pots which were inclusive. Since starting, I’ve created tit pots that are saggy, covered in stretch marks, tiny, freckly, veiny, pierced, tattooed, hairy, scarred. I take custom orders, meaning that you can request any pot you’d like. I’ve had some amazing requests over the last year, and it’s been incredible having so many people trust me to make something so personal to them. My aim isn’t just to include everyone, it’s to make people feel empowered. I think it’s so easy to feel uncomfortable with your body with all the social pressures of today, so hopefully by seeing your boobs on an inanimate object might change your perspective to a more positive one.
To create them, I use air drying clay and I make slab pots. The first one I made was actually a coil pot and I found it so frustrating! Slab pots are definitely my jam. I did a 10 week night course and learnt lots about working with clay, which I would definitely recommend. It made me more confident, I met loads of nice people, and got to create some cool stuff! Pots can take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to make. They then need to dry, after that I paint them with acrylic paint and varnish them.
Everyone is my inspiration when it comes to making my pots, I have met so many people during the last year. I have seen more boobs than I’ve had hot dinners and it has been fabulous! My work is half commissions, so that side is heavily influenced by the people who are buying them. The other side comes from lots of different things, I especially love the work of Sally Hewett; she is incredible and a huge inspiration to me!
I also get inspired by living in Leeds, there’s always something going on. As a city, it reminds me a lot of Glasgow, which is where I call home. Having moved here at 26 it was quite difficult to find my way, I was working full-time in a job that I wasn’t loving, and making new friends as an adult can be tricky. I feel like I’m slowly slotting into place now. I’m selling my work in Short Press (my first Leeds stockist!) and I never get lost anymore. There’s so much going on in the art scene and I made a promise to myself that I’d get out and see more of it. Leeds is full of creative people and I think you can sense that.