Emma Camden immigrated to New Zealand from England in the early 1990s. Since then she has developed a position as one of the country’s leading studio glass artists.
Working exclusively with cast glass, Camden has constantly pushed the boundaries of the medium and broken new ground in the area of large scale casting. Her work is conceptually driven, often exploring issues arising from her identity and personal experience. Her current series investigates large scale solid forms and ideas of structure and architecture.
Camden has received considerable recognition for both her technical and sculptural innovation. She has received numerous awards, including being one of the few New Zealand artists to have won the supreme award for the Ranamok Glass Prize (Australia). One of her signature tower works was also featured in a limited edition applied arts series of New Zealand postage stamps in 2002.
Camden currently works full time as an artist in Whanganui. Her work is held in major collections locally and Internationally including the Auckland Museum, Auckland, the National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, Australia, and Ebeltost Museum, Denmark.