Adam Knoche

Adam Knoche is a ceramic artist living and working in the USA. He is drawn to the color, texture, and feel of clay. The way in which clay records the mark of the touch shows a raw gesture of movement of the maker. This emotive connection to object making predates historical record keeping and holds its roots to the deepest parts of human nature and desire.

What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
Exploitation of the environment.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?
It probably wouldn’t hurt. My work breaks the boundaries and preconceived notions of ceramics. My methods and aesthetics are experimental and raw which challenges the norm of how we understand ceramics.

Do you use your own work?
Yes, along with many other ceramic artist’s work that I have collected.

Do you think tableware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
Absolutely, If we aren’t improving then what are we doing. I see art in any form as combining what exists into what has never existed before. I believe makers should never settle but continue to experiment and push the boundaries of their ideas and methods. Art should never be static or stagnant.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
The inspiration for my work comes from memories of both the natural world and memories I have of various sites in nature and life. I see the work as being in discourse with how we as humans perceive our environment.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Raw. Experimental. Contemporary.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
I use raw earth toned clays that are pulverized into powders. I use scraps that are leftover from projects and use anything I can find to create artwork. I hate seeing good materials wasted and thrown away. I get my materials from both foraging in the environment and purchased from a local clay supplier in Dallas, TX.

What are you working on right now?
I have an exhibition coming up in the fall, so I am creating three large scale sculptures for the show.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
On the Island of Santorini, Greece overlooking the Caldera in Thira. It was a sublime view of an ancient volcano in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Great wine, incredibly fresh seafood and a spectacular view and great company.

What excites you about tomorrow?
Creating something I’ve never made before, whether that is artwork or a life experience.

What further ambitions do you have?
I want to travel the world and create artwork in other countries. I have completed a residency in Australia and would like to do that again in China, Denmark and Iceland.

What are your 3 favourite pieces on Jouw…?
The Site Plates by Myung Urso, the Wine Glasses by Jochen Holz, and the A.D.O. Plates by Lillian Tørlen.