Emilia Burchiellaro trained as a graphic designer in Rome, Italy where she was born and raised. She has worked in the Italian movie industry and now as a graphic designer specializing in brand identity. Ceramics has always been a complement to her graphic design work. Clay—specifically porcelain—is the canvas for her art. Her ceramic process is about discovery: she welcomes, and encourages, unknown outcomes. Her pieces begin as either slip-casted shapes, which are then manipulated, or as slabs that are stretched, draped over a mold and shaped by gravity. Her explorations in both cases involve tears, cracks, and the indeterminate. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Her current work reflects a fascination with the classical and baroque influences of her native city along with the sensibility of restrained Japanese culture to which she is deeply attracted. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.