It’s a rare moment when you’ll catch Emma Camden standing still. More likely, she’s throwing herself into the physical process of casting glass or the rough and tumble of roller derby, or roller-skating across Whanganui’s bridges with kelpie Vincent running behind.
Happily, there’s room to move at home with partner and fellow glass artist David Murray, daughter Lola (a talented painter) and son Miro (a steampunk enthusiast). They live in a converted Freemasons lodge: downstairs a studio, upstairs an apartment, and a meeting hall that currently houses a skate ramp.
Camden, who was born in England, has been creating luminous, angular works since the early 1990s. She has exhibited around the world, and her pieces are in the collections of Auckland Museum, the Dowse Art Museum and Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, and galleries in Brisbane and Denmark.