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Artist Statement & CV for Suzette Knight Ceramics

DESIGN PROCESS
My design process starts with researching shapes and textures. I look at industrial structures, machinery and utilitarian objects.

I document points of interest photographically. From there, I sketch out ideas and start working in clay. I may go straight to my wheel, and play around with various shapes. Sometimes I make paper templates to work out a more accurate shape and to evaluate scale, and work with soft slabs of clay.

Other times, I will make several prototypes and test pieces before settling on a final design. I will then make plaster moulds to produce multiple pieces, by either slip casting or press moulding.

I enjoy working with a speckled white clay as well as iron rich clay bodies. I love the muted colours that I can achieve through using coloured slips on its surface. I like to scratch through these layers to reveal the clay body underneath. A bit like rust revealing itself through decades of layered paint.

My past work has included a commission to produce a range of tableware for a local restaurant.

I am currently working on an every day range.  These pieces are also inspired by weathered surfaces, but in a more subtle way.

I continue to develop and explore textural surfaces through my decorative vessel forms..

PREGNANT BODY CASTING GROWS STRONGER
With the help of Suzette Knight’s design and ceramic skills many more expectant mothers are having their shapely bump and torso cast to celebrate this wondrous time in ones life.
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Education & Exhibitions
Building a creative career in design, art and ceramics is a big driver for Suzette and this is show with her education and experience.

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 Creative Gallery  November – December 2019

Exhibitions and Events

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.