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Eric  Knoche

My work is an exploration of the underlying cadences and postulates of my own life and the layers of culture that surround me. The objects I create are distillations of fundamental movements of energy into static three dimensional forms. When I make my work, I often feel as though I am excavating my own subconscious. I think of my work as one installation stretching through time as space, each piece adding meaning to the others. I have been strongly influenced by languages I don't understand and tools I don't know how to use, male and female figures, machine parts, shelters, math equations, micro-facial movements, the argentine tango, alphabets, the spine and other bones, the distortional nature of memory, the limits of ocular perception, plants, running water, and songbirds.

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Eric  Knoche Distorted Wave

Distorted Wave
Ceramic
25 x 6 x 18 in
$ 3,000.00
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Eric  Knoche Distorted Wave
Distorted Wave
Ceramic    
25 x 6 x 18 in
$3,000
EKN10W
 
Eric  Knoche Abacus
Abacus
Ceramic    
15 x 5 x 2.5 in
$1,750
EKN15w
 
Eric  Knoche Arch
Arch
Ceramic    
$1,500
EKN18w
 
Eric  Knoche Chain
Chain
Ceramic    
$2,800
EKN14w
 
Eric  Knoche Cup
Cup
Ceramic    
3.25 x 6.75 x 6.75 in
$ 320
EKN19w
 
Eric  Knoche Cup
Cup
Ceramic    
3.75 x 6.5 x 5.25 in
$ 320
EKN20w
 
Eric  Knoche Cup
Cup
Ceramic    
3.25 x 4.75 x 4.75 in
$ 120
EKN21w
 
Eric  Knoche Diagonal Wave
Diagonal Wave
Ceramic    
24 x 6.25 x 19 in
$3,000
EKN11W
 
Eric  Knoche Fat Horseshoe
Fat Horseshoe
Ceramic    
$1,500
EKN17w
 
Eric  Knoche Puzzle
Puzzle
Ceramic    
$3,300
EKN13w
 
Eric  Knoche Spiral
Spiral
Ceramic    
$1,500
EKN16w
 
Eric  Knoche Cup
Cup
Ceramic    
4 x 3.25 x 3.25 in
SOLD
EKN22w
 
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Eric  Knoche

Eric Knoche

Eric Knoche Description

Eric Knoche touched clay for the first time ten years ago and has had dirty hands ever since. Originally from Minnesota, Eric studied anthropology in India, poetry in California, taught ceramics at a college in Thailand, and drove a muffin truck in New York City before apprenticing to ceramist Jeff Shapiro. He later completed a short term apprenticeship to Japanese Living National Treasure, Isezaki Jun. Eric exhibits and teaches internationally. In addition to playing with mud, he enjoys hiking, reading and checking the cloud formations for the face of Elvis. Eric works in Asheville, North Carolina.

The forms are constructed primarily from clay using a variety of hand building methods. I usually do not work from sketches or maquettes, preferring to collaborate with the materials and guide the forms until they feel right. In a similar way, the wood fired surfaces which patina my work are the result of a dynamic interaction between the materials, forms, placement in the kiln, and firing technique.
 

Eric Knoche Statement

My work is an exploration of the underlying cadences and postulates of my own life and the layers of culture that surround me. The objects I create are distillations of fundamental movements of energy into static three dimensional forms. When I make my work, I often feel as though I am excavating my own subconscious. I think of my work as one installation stretching through time and space, each piece adding meaning to the others. I have been strongly influenced by languages I don't understand and tools I don't know how to use, male and female figures, machine parts, shelters, math equations, micro-facial movements, the argentine tango, alphabets, the spine and other bones, the distortional nature of memory, the limits of ocular perception, plants, running water, and songbirds.

My work is constructed mostly from minimally processed clay straight out of the ground. I use a variety of building and forming techniques. All of my work is wood fired and the surfaces are the result of the dynamic interaction of the materials, forms, placement in the kiln, and firing methods.|

I fire with wood to cone 7-13.  That is a pretty big range, but I like all of the different effects that come at various temperatures.
My clay body is comprised of about half unrefined native from my land in Barnardsville, NC and from under a tobacco field in Leicester, NC and half commercial ingredients to improve its workability and firing range.
The surface effects on my work come primarily from the dynamic interaction of the wood firing process itself (natural ash accumulation, flashing, charcoal effects) with the loading pattern and the raw materials.  I use several different slips and a number of different shino-type glazes.  I am also starting to experiment with soda firing.
I wouldn't suggest putting my sculptures in the dishwasher or microwave.
All of my work is constructed using various hand building techniques. Which techniques?  In my opinion, the first thing to do with technique is learn it, the second thing to do with it is forget it.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Knoche Resumé

Awards
2014 Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly Magazine
2010 Purchase Award, Delhom Service League/Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
2009 Emerging Artist, American Style Magazine
2008 Regional Artist Project Grant, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC
2008 Japan-US Artist Exchange Grant, Asian Cultural Council, New York
2006 Kiln God Scholarship, Laguna Clay Company, City of Industry, CA
2006 Purchase Award, Concordia Continental Biennial, St Paul, MN

Collections
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Laguna Clay Company, City of Industry, CA
Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC

Selected Exhibitions
2014 Quiet Inspiration, North Carolina Pottery Center, Greensboro, NC
2014 Big Ideas, Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastapol, CA
2013 High Heat, Red Bird Gallery, Columbia, SC
2013 Southern Hospitality, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, NC
2013 The Unexpected, Queens University, Charlotte, NC
2013 Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2012 Serendipity, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2012 New Work, Gallery Sintra, Gothenberg, Sweden (solo)
2012 New Work, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC (three person)
2012 Kiln Gods, Baltimore Clayworks, ML
2012 Cups, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2011 75 Years of Collecting, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
2011 Interpreting the Cup, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2011 Between Bones and Words, Anderson Obrien Fine Art, Omaha, NE (solo)
2011 Baltic Woodfired, Hjorths Fabrik, Roenne, Denmark
2011 A Quick Look at Function, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC (solo)
2011 Containment, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2010 CreaBiz, University of Northern Denmark, Hjoerring, Denmark
2010 Wood Fire International, Gallerei Klosterformat, Rostock, Germany
2010 Ceramics, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2010 Studio Ceramics 2010, Signature Shop, Atlanta
2010 Constructed - A Handbuilt Review, Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010 Shino Redux, Clayart Center, Port Chester, NY
2010 Eric Knoche - Recollection/Evolution, Roane State Com. College, TN (solo)
2009 Eric Knoche--New Work, Anderson O’brien, Omaha, NE (solo)
2009 Wood Fired Ceramics, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
2009 Eric Knoche and Matt Jacobs, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
2008 Southern Highlands Craft Guild Exhibition, Appalachian Commission, DC,
2008 The Clay Space Co-op, Front Gallery, Asheville Area Arts Council, NC
2008 Fire and Light, Hand in Hand Gallery, Flatrock, NC
2008 Eric Knoche--Large Scale Work, Anderson-O’Brien, Omaha, NE (solo)
2008 Dale Huffman, Justin Rothshank and Eric Knoche Union Project, Pitts.
2008 Some Assembly Required, Asheville Area Arts Council, NC (solo)
2008 Concordia Continental Biennial Exhibition, Concordia Uni., St. Paul, MN
2007 Big Idea, Small Scale, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
2007 Eric Knoche -- New Work, Anderson-O’Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE
2007 Coming Up, Down South-Emerging Clay,Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
2006 10th New York-Tokyo Friendship Ceramic Comp. Nippon Gallery, NY, NY
2006 16th Annual Feats of Clay Exhibition, Gladding McBean, Lincoln, CA
2006 Concordia Continental Biennial Exhibition, Concordia Uni, St. Paul, MN
2006 Big Idea, Small Scale, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
2005 Voices in Ceramics, Yaeger Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

Education
2008-09 Short Term Apprentice to Isezaki Jun, Living National Treasure Bizen, Okayama, Japan
2004-06 Apprentice to Jeff Shapiro, Ceramic Artist, Accord, NY
2002 B.A. with High Distinction and Honors in Art, Anthropology, English University of Minnesota, Morris, MN and Minneapolis, MN

Teaching and Lecture Experience
2012 Guest Artist, Landshut Ceramic University, Bavaria, Germany
2011 Guest Lecturer, Australian National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2011 Invited Panelist, Wood Fire Tasmania Conference, Australia
2010 Presenter, First European Woodfire conference, Bröllin, Germany
2010 Invited Panelist, CreaBiz Ceramics Conference, Hjoerring, Denmark
2010 Demonstration, Gothenburg Folk University, Gothenburg, Sweden
2009 Visiting Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Jerilyn Virden, Penland, NC
2009 Kiln Building Instructor, Carolina Kiln Build, Copus Pottery, Marshall, NC
2008 Wood Kiln Building Instructor, Laurelville Camp, Mt Pleasant, PA
2007-8 Ceramics Instructor, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
2002-3 Instructor, Rajamangala University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Other Experience
2012 Invited Artist, Kohila Ceramic Symposium, Estonia
2012 Curator, Serendipity, Crimson Laurel Gallery, NC
2009 Invited Artist, Int. Wood Fire Symposium, Carlow/Union Project, Pitts., PA
2006 Resident, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
2006 Studio Assistant, Penland School, Sana Musasama and Jon Keenan, NC

Press
2012 Horizonline Films in Assoc. w/the NC Arts Council, Eric Knoche, Chris Gallaway
2012 The Laurel of Asheville, Eric Knoche, Paul Howey
2011 Ceramics Monthly, Points of Connection: Eric Knoche, Katey Schultz
2009 Omaha World Herald, Beautiful Evocative Patterns Emerge from Hands of Ceramic Artist, John Pitcher
 

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