Emmanuelle Wambach received her Bachelor of Arts in art from Swarthmore College in 2008 and her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She has shown work at The Art Association of Harrisburg, The Goldfish Gallery in Philadelphia, and as part of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Juried Visual Art Exhibition. In fall of 2016 she took part in an international residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki Japan, Japan. In addition to teaching at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts she is also a member of the Union Project’s ceramics cooperative, an after-school art instructor at Propel Schools in Homestead, and an instructor at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
As a woman of mixed cultural and racial decent, Emmanuelle uses her culture, love of art history, and everyday experiences as inspiration for her sculptural work. Through the combination of raw sculptural ceramic elements with refined functional forms and decorative surfaces, she calls attention to seemingly disparate connections which most people experience, but normally overlook.
Emmanuelle believes that the arts can bring people together and give them experiences that can change their lives and open their ways of thinking. In her classes, she teaches her students to use their own experiences to create pieces that express their sense of self and their love for their community. She also feels that to create meaningful work, artists should learn from their surroundings and the wider world. Emmanuelle is excited to start her time as a teaching artist at Sweetwater.