Throughout the months of June and July,
Gallery 1001 features the ceramic work of guest artist Brian Knott.
“I have been a serious potter since 1972,” Knott writes. “That’s when I first sank my hands into clay at Friends University. I taught art in the Derby and Haysville school districts before retiring in 2012. My ceramics instructor in college, Clint Thornton, taught, encouraged, and guided me into a clay career. I couldn’t have had a better mentor. I can only hope that I had as positive an influence with my students as Clint did with me.”
Knott works in a studio in his home in Derby, Kansas. He shows and sells work out of his home, at Gallery XII, Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita, and a few art fairs. “My pieces start on the potter’s wheel, and then I will scrape, pull, push and alter the clay to its limit. The other techniques I use include glazing by dipping, pouring and spraying, as well as oxide decoration,” he said. The majority of his current work has been oxidation fried at cone 6.
“I feel that my pottery should look as good as it is functional. However, I also enjoy making one-of-a-kind “show” pieces. I anticipate making more sculptural “one of” pieces in the future.”
The work of Brian Knott embodies skill, insight and respect for both the materials and the process. It is useful in the kitchen, on the table, or as an accent to décor. Stop by Gallery 1001 this summer to view his remarkable creations, peruse the work of Gallery 1001 members, and enjoy the atmosphere. Meet Brian at a reception Thursday evening, June 12, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.