Emmanuel Boos discovered his craft as an adolescent and later began working in a pottery studio while pursuing academic studies. He then travelled and lived in South Korea and China where he developed an interest in Chinese glazes and porcelain. During his subsequent apprenticeship with Jean Girel, he perfection his knowledge of both ceramic bodies and high-temperature glazes, prompting him to undertake a practice-led PhD at the Royal College of Art.
‘My practice of glaze does not aim mastery nor domination. I do not have those ambitions nor do I wish to turn into a jealous potter as described by Claude Lévi-Strauss. I wish to slip into the glaze and develop a friendly relationship with chaos and eventually trust chance.’
Emmanuel has exhibited internationally, including at Design Basel/Miami, PAD London, and at the Kunsthalle Mannheim. In 2011 he was a Jerwood Makers Open Laureate, and from 2016 to 2019 was artist in residence at the Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres, Paris.
He lives and works between Paris and Mannheim.