Emma Biggs
Emma Biggs is a London-based mosaic
Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral...

 artist and author of a number of standard textbooks on contemporary mosaic practice. Having recently completed a large public art project -- "Made in England" -- based on the visual culture and ideology of the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent (in the north of England), her work has become increasingly concerned with the ceramic industry and its social history. As a fine artist Emma Biggs makes abstract paintings with her husband, Matthew Collings
Matthew Collings
-Life and career:In one of his books on art, Collings states that, in his early teenage years, he ran away to Canada. This act was preceded by a period of hanging around in a house in Oakley Street, Chelsea, whose residents included members of various rock bands including Mighty Baby and Family...

. The processes, formats and titles of the paintings also relate to her interest in material culture. She has written Mosaic Techniques (Cassell, 2003) and several other books co-authored with Tessa Hunkin, who joined her after she founded the London-based Mosaic Workshop in 1988. Mosaic Workshop have been responsible for a number of high profile commissions including work for some of the chapels in London's Westminster Cathedral. She is a regular tutor of short courses in mosaic art at West Dean College, the study centre of the Edward James Foundation. She also lectures at City and Guilds of London Art School
City and Guilds of London Art School
The City and Guilds of London Art School is an art college in London, England, United Kingdom. It is one of the country's longest established art colleges, and offers courses ranging from Foundation, through B.A. degree, Postgraduate Diploma and M.A...



  • Mosaic Techniques, Cassel, 1999
  • Stylish and Simple Mosaic, Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin,Aurum Press, 1998
  • Mosaic Workshop, Emma Biggs & Tessa Hunkin, David & Charles,1999
  • Mosaics for the Home and Garden, Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin, David & Charles, 2001
  • The Complete Book of Mosaics, Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin, Reader's Digest Association, 2005
  • Mosaic Patterns, Emma Biggs & Tessa Hunkin, New Holland, 2006
  • Garden Mosaics, Emma Biggs & Tessa Hunkin, New Holland, 2009

External links

  • http://www.emmabiggsmosaic.net/
  • http://www.emmabiggsandmatthewcollings.net
  • http://www.thepotteries.org/mosaic/index.htm
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/6207380.stm
  • http://public-art.shu.ac.uk/sheffield/big421im.html
  • http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/london/canary/index.shtml
  • http://www.westdean.org.uk/index.htm
  • http://www.westdean.org.uk/site/arts/gallery/mosaic/emma-biggs.htm
  • http://www.mosaicworkshop.com/
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