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Pots of gold: Artist salvages her vases smashed by burglars

A CERAMICS artist who had her life’s work smashed up in a burglary has created new pieces from the broken porcelain — trebling their value.

Emily Stubbs (above) would sell her vases from around £500 a throw — but her new artwork, made from the damaged shards, can demand up to £1,500.

The 34-year-old has ‘stuck two fingers up’ to intruders who broke 15 vases, leaving a trail of devastation when they pulled the porcelain pots off shelves.

Trebled the value of her creations: Emily Stubbs PICTURES: SWNS

Emily was determined to put a positive spin on the situation and picked up the pieces to create new sculptures, which went on display at an exhibition at the weekend.

The vases that were smashed were valued between £150 and £700, but some of the artwork she created from the shards is now worth up to £1,500.

Emily believes the new decorative sculptures are the best work she has ever created.

She said: ‘It felt like a violation of everything I had worked towards. It was just mindless. Nothing was taken, just destroyed.’

The vases reinvented: Emily’s work is selling fast

But Emily believes she has created the best work of her 12-year art career.

She has sold five already and galleries have registered an interest.

She added: ‘I wouldn’t want it to happen again, but it’s really opened doors. When you’ve got a creative mind, it takes things like this to shake your mindset.

‘It has made me re-think everything. Creatively it has been a really good thing to happen.

‘It’s not forced, it’s very natural. They are more valuable broken than they were when they were pots.’

The ceramicist lives in York with her partner, 36-year-old accounts manager Rowan, and works from her city centre studio.

She added: ‘I have been doing art for my entire life. I always knew I wanted to follow a career in it.

‘My grandparents were both creative and my dad started off as a cartoonist before becoming a painter, then a graphic designer.

‘Seeing his career inspired me that I could make a living from art.

‘I’m quite a positive person, so I thought, “How can I make something positive from this?'”

Emily’s new sculptures went on display at an exhibition she organised at York Racecourse over the weekend.

She intends to make more from the box of shattered pots she has in her studio.

She said: ‘I don’t think I will be smashing my pots myself to recreate the affect. It just wouldn’t work.

‘It would lose its integrity and meaning.’