Sunday, December 10, 2023

Amazing mosaic benches in Grays created by former South Essex College art student


A former Art & Design student at South Essex College was chosen to design mosaic benches for a major house builder.

Emma Perry who studied at the College’s Southend Campus for six years, now works in The Mosaic Studio in Chalkwell.

Her two bench designs are now pride of place in the Quantum Persimmon Homes development in Grays.

Emma studied a Fine Art BTEC Diploma and a Fine Art BA (Hons) degree at the College. She absolutely loved her time there.

She said: “The College was such a nice environment to learn in and the staff were so helpful.

“The bench project started in the second year of my degree, we had to create benches for the Quantum site. I based my design on local history, the green bench represents the past and the blue the present.

“For my idea to be picked, it made all the studying worthwhile. I feel like I have made it as an artist because something I designed is being enjoyed by the community.”

Emma started an apprenticeship at The Mosaic Studio while she was still studying and she’s been working there ever since.

She added: “I’ve always been interested in crafts. We produce bespoke mosaic pieces, it’s very varied. We work with wonderful clients from London nightclubs to local schools, every day is different.”

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