Emil Yanos

Emil Yanos, Ceramic Sculptor, also a Floral Designer and Graphic Designer has been working with clay since 1993. He received formal training in both Floral and Graphic Design, whereas his experience in clay has primarily been through hands-on experimentation. Emil attained certification in Floral Design from City College of San Francisco in 2002 and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers the following year. Prior to working with flowers, Emil completed his BFA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, after beginning his education at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, where he was born and raised.

Emil enjoys exploring the sculptural nature of clay as opposed to the two-dimensional aspect of graphic design. He uses multiple techniques, sometimes wheel thrown, sometimes hand built, or sometimes a combination of both techniques on his pieces. Texture and color play major roles in Emil’s Ceramic work as well as in his florals. He uses varying degrees of color to heighten or diminish contrasts in texture and add to the three-dimensionality inherent in clay. Emil likes to use the properties of clay to attain effects that are attributed to clay itself.

The overall feel of his work is organic and inspired of the earth. Elemental forms gives his work primative yet refined sensabilities. Emil’s goal in all of his creative endeavors is to communicate meaning, which extends beyond its visual form and to extract emotional responses from his audience.

Art Association Napa Valley is supported, in part, by the Napa County Arts & Culture Commission.

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