Mark Knott’s work reflects his history, “a confluence of my life experiences,” as he states. “My forms reflect my love of the ocean, boats, water, continual movement and repetitive patterns and is grounded in the historical ceramic tradition of functional pottery.”
In this exhibit we have a wonderful sampling of Knott’s work – teapots, vases, pitchers, pots – that bring his artist statement to life. His soda fired process, vibrant color and slightly oversized vessels move his work from functional to sculptural. Says Knott about his work, “It’s my hope, as a potter that my work will first create some sort of happiness and/or joyfulness, experiencing one small moment of happiness when used or viewed daily. I think the pots do that! That personal happiness!”
Knott studied with the late Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and with Stan Welsh at San Jose State University (MFA, Ceramics). Knott has had Artist Residencies/ Assistantships at the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, Anderson Ranch, Colorado and Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho. Knott has exhibited his work nationally and was the featured artist in a recent Ceramics Monthly.