Eric Knoche touched clay for the first time ten years ago and has had dirty hands ever since. Originally from Minnesota, Eric took a roundabout path to his current residence in North Carolina which included extended stops in India, Thailand, New York and California. He also spent two months as a guest artist at Big Table Studios in Herman, NE during the construction and first firing of a large Japanese style wood fired kiln. In addition to playing with mud, he enjoys hiking, reading and checking the cloud formations for the face of Elvis. Eric can be found at the Clay Space Co-op in the River arts District of Asheville North Carolina.
Education 2008-2009 Short Term Apprentice to Isezaki Jun, Living National Treasure, Bizen, Okayama, Japan 2004-2006 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 Experience 2011 Lecture Australian National Art School, Sydney Australia 2011 Invited Panelist Wood Fire Tasmania Conference, Australia 2010 Presenter First European Woodfire Conference, Biollin, 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 Copus Pottery, Marsall, NC 2009 Lecture and Demonstration University of Minnesota, Morris, MN 2008 Wood Kiln Building Instructor Laurelville Camp, Mt. Pleasant, PA 2007-2008 Ceramics Instructor Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Ahseville, NC 2005 Cob Oven Building Instructor Catskill Native Nursury, Kerhonkson, NY 2002-2003 Ceramics Instructor Rajamangala University, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2000 Teacher Art-O-Rama Art Camp, Morris, MN
Awards and Honors
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, NY
2008 Southern Living Magazine Idea House Sandy Mush, NC
2006 Kiln God Scholarship Laguna Clay Company, City of Industry, CA
2006 Purchase Award Concordia Continental Biennial, St. Paul, MN
Recent Exhibitions 2011 Between Bones and Words Anderson O'Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE 2011 Art+1 Transylvania Arts Council 2011 Baltic WoodfiredHjorths Fabrik, Roenne, Denmark 2001 Emerging American Wood Firers Wood Fire Tasmania, Deloriane, Australia 2011 A Quick Look at Function Crimson Laurel Gallery,Bakersville, NC 2011 Containment Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC 2010 Mint Museum Invitational Mint Museum, Charlotte, 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, GA 2010 Buncombe County Pots North Carolina Pottery Center, Greensboro, NC 2010 Constructed - A Handbuilt Review Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2010 Shino Redux Clayart Center, Port Chester, NY
Collections Mint Museum Charlotte, NC Laguna Clay Company City of Industry, CA
2011 Ceramics MonthlyPoints of Connection: Eric Knoche, Katey Schultz
My current work ranges from small vessels to human size outdoor works to manipulatable sculpture to large installations with many pieces. All of my work is meant to be experienced both visually and tactually and all of the work is wood fired. Here are some things that I think about and probably influence my work: male and female figures, bones, machine parts, houses, clouds, landscapes, algebra equations, micro-facial movements, the difference between 'fact' and 'truth,' the way different spaces make me feel, alphabets and foreign languages, tools I don't know how to use, what it actually means to be 'honest,' the distortional nature of memory, heirloom construction, plants, neutron stars, running water, and songbirds. Thank you for your time.