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Artist Bio & CV for Suzette Knight

Artist Bio

Suzette was born in 1974 and has spent most of her life living on the south coast of England, in the Bournemouth area.
Following a creative path through school and college she was uncertain as to which direction to take artistically. As a teenager she had a part time job in a ‘paint your own pottery’ shop. Nothing sparked her imagination, but she realised that she wanted to learn how to make her own pots. 

This was the catalyst that led her to complete a BA Honours Degree at Central St Martins in London, and her Masters Degree at Staffordshire University in Stoke, both of which were in Ceramic Design.
A move back to her hometown and a job which was intended to be temporary, turned into a ten year career in prosthetics, as a sculptor sculpting bespoke lifelike limbs.
During this time Suzette experienced two life changing events, the first, the sudden loss of her mother and the second a back injury that had left her almost immobile, and resulting in spinal surgery. These two very sobering events gave her the clarity, drive and focus she needed to reconnect with her passion for clay.

6 years of hard work, juggling her day job as a newly appointed pottery instructor (working with adults with learning disabilities), studio time and a new baby, resulted in Suzette officially opening her studio as a business in 2017. She teaches regular weekly pottery classes and makes her own work which she exhibits locally, and previously at  Art in Clay Hatfield, Art in Clay Farnham, and at Earth and Fire Ceramics Festival.

Education & Exhibitions

Education:

  • 1999-2001: MA Ceramic Design. Staffordshire University.
  • 1996-1999: BA(Hons) Ceramic Design. Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Employment Experience:

  • 2014- 2017. Pottery Instructor at The Stables Family Home Trust. Working with vulnerable adults with learning disabilities. As well as supporting our clients, my duties included the running of the pottery.
  • 2004-2014. Prosthetic Silicone Technician at Dorset Orthopaedic. Producing bespoke hand sculpted lifelike prosthetic limbs. Part of my role was to see patients at our partner clinics. These included clinics in Athens, Paris, New York and Norway.

Skills:

I use many different techniques to make my pots. My education in ceramics consisted of a multitude of modelling techniques, mould making and slip casting. My post education has consisted of learning hand building and throwing techniques.

I draw from all of these experiences to create the objects that I wish to make.

 

Gallery Representation 

The Crafts Centre and Design Gallery Leeds.

The Creative Gallery  November – December 2019

Exhibitions and Events

2020:

  • Digital Craft Festival. November 27th-29th.
  • Southcoast Makers Market- Online event- Nov 7th
  • Artisans’ Bazaar – The Gallery by the Lakes- Dorchester. November-December 24th. Now online via their Shop.
  • Dorset Arts Festival- Sculpture By The Lakes, Dorchester. 3rd-5th July.

2019:

2018:

  • Art in Clay, Farnham. 17th-18th November 2018.
  • Art in Clay, Hatfield House. 16ty-18th August 2018.
  • Dorset Art Weeks, with Sculpture By The Lakes. 2018
  • Handmade Wimborne. 2018
  • BEAF, Bournemouth Emerging arts fringe. Woodside Studios, Southbourne.
  • Pots in the park, group exhibition with The a East Dorset Potters, at Shelly Park.
  • Handmade Wimborne, Christmas Market.

2017:

  • Inside Art, open studio event. Woodside Studios, Southbourne. 6-7 may 2017.
  • Across the borders, Ilminster  Art Centre, joint exhibition with The East Dorset Potters. 5 May-12June 2017.

2016:

  • Inside Art, Open Studios event. Woodside Studios, Southbourne. August 2016
  • Pots to Palettes, The gallery upstairs, Upton house, Poole. August 2016.

2015:

  • Guest potter at The Creative Gallery, Wareham. December 2015
  • ‘Emerge’, L’artishe Gallery, Swanage. February 2015

2014:

  • ‘Drawn to Clay’. Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch. Joint exhibition with The East Dorset Potters.
  • Dorset Art Weeks, open studios.

2001:

  • New Designers, London
  • Masters degree Exhibition. Staffordshire university.

1999:

  • New Designers, London
  • Degree show. Central Saint Martins.