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MEET THE TEAM - EMMA

11 / Sep 2015

Shop Talk

Q. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING HERE?

I've been working here full time since November 2014 but actually started working here on Saturdays 7 years ago whilst I was still at school.

Q. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

My family and I moved to Ross-on-Wye when I was young so I have spent my childhood here. I've moved around a lot since then because of Uni but it's lovely to be back! Herefordshire is such a beautiful place to live. I took this photograph walking home the other day. 

 

Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CONTEMPORARY PIECE?

I love simple lighting with an industrial feel. My favourite contemporary pendant would be the bespoke size XXL Ledbury. It's quite often overshadowed by the XXL Hereford globe but I think it's a stunningly simple piece of glass.

As far as wall lights go I'd love a house full of bronze industrial workshop lamps with traditional filament squirrel cage bulbs.

 

Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ANTIQUE PIECE? 

My favourite antique piece to pass through the shop has been the Vaseline lantern pictured below. It's now found a new home but I really loved the combination of the green Vaseline glass and the burnished copper metal. 

I also love single antique rise and falls - I think they look great hung low over a bedside table or desk. We currently have some lovely ceramic ones.

 

Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT FRITZ FRYER?

The daily variety makes every day different and always enjoyable. There's a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the office and workshops - everyone loves working here! We also drink a large amount of tea, which I very much approve of.

Q. CHOCOLATE OR CHEESE?

Always cheese. Controversially, I'm not a massive fan of chocolate. Reece's peanut butter cups, Ferrero Rocher, Lindor truffles and Freddos are the exception (maybe I am a fan of chocolate).

Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CHEESE?

You can't go wrong with an extra mature cheddar and a bit of Mum's homemade chutney.

Q. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

There are so many places in the world I want to visit (Iceland, India, Thailand, China, more of mainland Europe, Canada, North and South America) but I can't imagine ever living anywhere outside of the UK. I'm not sure many people would agree but the weather here is perfect for me. I really do love British culture and a Pimm's or a beer in the garden on a nice summers day.

Here's a photo of me in Yosemite National Park, California, earlier this year. 

 

Q. IF YOU COULD MEET ANY ONE PERSON (FROM HISTORY OR CURRENTLY ALIVE), WHO WOULD IT BE?

This time last year I met my number one all time human, Sir David Attenborough, when he opened the new Life Sciences building at Bristol uni.

I say "met him".. he was being shown around the building and walked past us. He said hello and we squeaked some kind of inaudible reply back to him.

His love and lifelong dedication to the natural world has always massively inspired me. I admire how easily he communicates science to a wider audience and how he engages normal people with scientific topics they otherwise wouldn't have been interested in.

Q. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

I think I've considered a majority of the stereotypical young girl careers (Vet, Doctor, etc) but I've always had a love natural history and science. When I took Geology at A-Level I knew it was the Earth Sciences in particular that I loved.

Here's a comedy photo of me in very large waterproof trousers staring at an obscure part of a fossilised fish.  

Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT / TEAM?

The past year or so I've started to run regularly and tend to go 4 times a week. I try to cycle into work... when the weather allows it. I'm attempting to go to the gym regularly too - inspired by my beefcake of a Brother. 

I enjoy watching all sports, football, rugby etc, especially live, but the only sports I really watch regularly are tennis and Formula 1. I like tennis players that look like they're having fun when they play like Sam Groth, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga and Dustin Brown.

My Dad is a huge classic car enthusiast so I've always really loved cars and driving. I guess my favourite team would be Force India and my favourite driver is either Sergio Perez or Daniel Ricciardo.