Emily Siddell

Emily was born and raised in Auckland and it is this city, the most Polynesian of New Zealand cities that has most influenced her work.

She has said of her influences:

"When I was a teenager working out who I was and where I fitted in, the colours and shapes and expression of Polynesian culture were more inspiring than the European art forms." (Art News 2004)

Although the daughter of well known painters Peter and Sylvia Siddell, it wasn't painting that interested her - it was three dimensional works. In 1992 she gained a Diploma in Art and Design at Carrington Polytechnic. Here she developed an interest in glass and was strongly influenced by Ann Robinson. In 1998 she enrolled in the Bachelor of Design Course majoring in sculpture.

Since then she has exhibited throughout New Zealand and her work is held in many public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt and the Auckland War Memorial.

She lives in Auckland with partner and fellow glass artist, Stephen Bradbourne and her two children.