Heather Knight is an internationally renowned ceramic artist who has garnered attention from the worldwide art and design community since she opened Element in 2007. She works almost exclusively with porcelain and her work is widely recognized for its striking combination of modern esthetic with textures, patterns and shapes inspired by nature.
Knight received her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2006. After serving as a resident artist and instructor at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, she held a teaching position at the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. Knight opened the doors to her studio, Element, in 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina, and has focused on her art full-time ever since, elevating her body of work into an internationally sought after brand. Her art has been exhibited nationwide, as well as in France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Dubai.
Knight and her art have been featured on The Nate Berkus Show, as well as in many publications including Interior Design Magazine, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Portland Spaces, Charleston Home, American Craft and Bon Appetit.
In spite of the rapid growth of her business, Knight has stayed true to the handmade nature of her art and considers it an integral part of her process. She uses zero means of mass production, creating each piece from conception completely by hand.
An active member of its vibrant and eclectic artist community, Knight has called Asheville, North Carolina, home for nearly 15 years. Her Husband Mike joined the studio business in September 2012, and their son, Caleb is now also a regular fixture. Her studio and showroom, Element Ceramics, is located on Depot St. in Asheville's River Arts District.
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“With my ceramic work I hope to bridge modern design and the natural world by paring down the essence of things to repetitive texture and basic form. I love the way a texture can produce the illusion of movement, the way light and shadow play with one another. I like to keep the work simple, as I strive to make it captivating yet universally understood. Understated and elegant, it should be able to fit in many different contexts.
I work mostly with porcelain, as touch also plays a major role in my work. The feel of the clay is something I will never be able to get away from. The texture is buttery smooth, the color a brilliant white and the working properties challenging.
Focusing on a very limited, almost all white color palette enables me to focus more on texture and surface and calls attention to the brilliance of the clay. I am constantly searching for new hints of inspiration on walks through the woods, beach adventures and through macro photography. The natural world holds a wealth of imagery from which I filter into this work.”
- Heather Knight