Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2001 Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and the Sage Scholarship from the Archie Bray Foundation. She has exhibited her work across North America as well as in Europe and Australia.  She has been an artist-in-residence/visiting artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, the Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin and at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada. 

Currently, she is an Instructor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. 

Artist Statement
“I am sorry to have wearied you with so long a letter but I did not have time to write you a short one.”  ~17th c. French philosopher & mathematician, Blaise Pascale

I love this quote by Blaise Pascale and the way he speaks about the economy of words.  In many ways, I feel this same way about the economy of my work; to say enough without saying too much. In the past few years I have been trying to simplify the work I make, constantly asking myself, how much is too much? What is essential and what is excess? I try to make every mark on the surface of my work matter, every dart necessary, every line indispensable.