My Favourite sources of inspiration are museums and ethnographic collections in the UK and around the world.  Objects from distant cultures and centuries fill my sketchbooks and become an invaluable reservoir of forms.

Back in my studio, I feel my way towards a new sculpture by drawing and redrawing an idea until the form feels 'right', then I'll try it out in the round by carving hand held blocks of hardened clay.

I carve the sculpture I'm going to cast in bronze from a block of solid plaster and extend and alter it by adding wire armature and fabric soaked in wet plaster, It's a method that suits the way I work : I'm a carver not a modeller,  I like the way hard plaster responds to carving, honing, scraping and polishing.

The sculpture is cast at the foundry and the bronze surface is patinated to give it a subtle colour and feel whilst preserving the marks and textures of the making process.  

Emma Maiden. December 2020


2003 – 2004

City & Guilds Stonemasonry

City of Bath College

1995 – 1996

MA Ceramics

The University of Wales, Cardiff

 1993 – 1995

Diploma in Fine & Applied Art

City Lit, London



2020 – Moncrieff-Bray Gallery – West Sussex

2020 – Josie Eastwood Fine Art – Hampshire

2020 – On Form 20 – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

2020 – Summer Exhibition – Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Hampshire

2018 – Ten Artists – Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford

2017 – Emma Maiden: Sculpture – Fine Art Society, London

2016 – On Form 16 – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

2014 – On Form 14 – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

2009 – Summer Exhibition – Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwicks

2008 – On Form 08 – Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire


2007 – Autumn Exhibition – Royal West of England Academy Bristol

2006 – On Form 06 – Astrall Manor, Oxfordshire

2006 – Autumn Exhibition – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2005 – Emma Maiden – Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour

2001 – The Sculpture Show – Bruton Street Gallery, London

1999 – Humans Being – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

1999 – About the Figure – Six Chapel Row, Bath

1998 – Emma Maiden: Touchstone – Happening Gallery, Bristol

1997 – Past Masters – Hotbath Gallery, Bath