Jackie Knight

I have been working in clay for more than thirty years in a variety of situations.

My overriding interest is the physical form in movement demonstrated in clay . Essentially, it is the life force that drives us, the inner rhythm of emotion translated into the physical outward expression through movement, which fascinates me.

In both my thrown and hand-built work there is an attempt to suggest fluidity and rhythm through style, colour, texture and firing. When throwing there is the expansion of the clay from the inert opening and expanding into functional form the surface of which is reminiscent to me of skin stretched over muscle. The moulded Body Tiles are an extension of this and are also informed through practising shiatsu for 20 years, with the observation of the balance of energies expressed through body language, voice and movement. The smoking and glazing gives a subtle emphasis to the body forms, shadowing the transitory glimpses of emotion in the individual being.