Emily Cobb

Jewelry / Sculpture + 3D

Contact Information

e-mail: studio@emily-cobb.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

The illustration enchants me; it has a title and caption, but no story. I feel compelled to envision the narrative…to create the before and after…to solve the mystery.

An enduring fascination with Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick inspires me to produce illustrative jewelry. I generate each piece from personal fables that often contain animals as central parts of the imagery. When the body becomes part of the composition it animates the work, and I want this interaction to spark creative discussion and dialog. The descriptive titles and captions are meant to encourage further interpretation of the objects, and through the juxtaposition, metamorphosis, and abstraction of representational forms, my work is intended to captivate the imagination.

Artist Bio

Emily Cobb is an adjunct instructor in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM and Visual Studies area at Tyler School of Art. She also works for a jewelry design company in New York City and for independent studio artists in Philadelphia. This past fall she had a solo exhibition, Legends: Studio Jewelry, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News and publications such as 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry and Humor in Craft. This fall, she will be exhibiting in Transcend: New jewelry Forms & Fabrication at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.


Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM

Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Art History minor

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition, Legends: Studio Jewelry by Emily Cobb, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Transcend: New jewelry Forms & Fabrication, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Art Enology-Philadelphia, Vivant Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Souleo)

Shop on the Square, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

BANG!, Invitational Exhibition of Tyler 2012 MFA Candidates, Power Plant Productions, Philadelphia, PA


InLiquid: Benefit v.13, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA


Hemachandra, Ray, and Chunghi Choo. Showcase 500 Art Necklaces Lark Crafts, 2013

Phelan, Michelle. “Legends: Studio Jewelry by Emily Cobb,” Metalsmith Magazine, June 2013.

Neyman, Bella. “Emily Cobb and Nicole Polentas: Jewelry That Tells A Story, Both Fiction and Non-Fiction,” Objects Not Paintings. 3 December 2012

Pop, Silvana. “Philadelphia Art Alliance Presents Legends: Studio Jewelry by Emily Cobb, On View Starting September 6,” UWishUNu, 30 August 2012

Fallon, Roberta. “Jewelry designer Emily Cobb uses computers to create her work,” Philadelphia Daily News, 2 November 2012.

Kirsh, Andrea. “Legends – Studio Jewelry by Emily Cobb at the Philadelphia Art Alliance,artblog, 21 October 2012.

LeVan, Marthe, and Bruce Metcalf. Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry, Lark Crafts, 2012

Martin, Brigitte. Humor in Craft, Schiffer Publishing, 2012

Shaw, Mari. “Emily Cobb’s Fairy Tales for the 21st Century,Lark Crafts Blog, 13 April 2011

Private Collections

Hope Barkan, Boston, MA
Jason Finn, Philadelphia, PA
Karina Foster, Berlin, Germany
Carina Hopkins, San Francisco,CA
Nannette Robinson, Philadelphia,PA
Linda Richardson, Philadelphia, PA
Cindy Shaffran, Philadelphia,PA
Cecily Sherman, Philadelphia, PA
Mari Shaw, Philadelphia, PA
Barbara Tiffany, Philadelphia, PA
Eileen Tognini, Philadelphia,PA
Harriet Wiseman, Philadelphia, PA

Images copyright © Emily Cobb

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