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Artist: Adam Knoche


Adam Knoche, TEXAS

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Adam Knoche is a ceramic artist living in Texas. He obtained his MFA degree from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2014. Adam’s ceramic sculptures are exhibited both nationally and internationally. Adam’s artwork pushes the boundaries of ceramic material through the use of techniques that were developed and researched during his academic studies and travels abroad. In 2019, Adam represented the United States at the Korean International Ceramic Biennale and at the Annual exhibition at the National Council of Educators on the Ceramic Arts Conference. In 2012, Adam completed a residency at Strathnairn Art Association in Canberra, Australia. Publications include Art Ascent Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics NOW, Studio Potter, Architecture Digest, Journal of Australian Ceramics, and in 2018 he was awarded Emerging artist in Ceramics Monthly


Artist Statement

My work has a solid foundation in material and process. I am drawn to the color, texture, and feel of clay. Clay has the ability to be soft and record marks and movement while also transforming into a hard stone-like material vulnerable to cracks and breakage. The broken or fractured are often seen as flawed or damaged. In my work, I encourage and manipulate the material to accentuate these “flaws”. I believe that these visual elements give a sense of introspection to the viewers own personal experience in life. 

I have cultivated this aesthetic from my travels abroad in Europe, Asia, and Australia and my time living in New York City. I derive my conceptual ideas from environmental and political landscapes and respond to my surroundings in whichever setting I find myself in, both physically and mentally.

I have researched and developed my technique, in which I use dry powdered clays formed into molds then fired to peak temperature to ensure a solid object. During this process, the clay responds to the heat and stress of the kiln to create fractures and surface texture. I see this way of working as cyclical and returning to the essentials of artmaking and finding the essence of the material and its structure.



MFA, Studio Art, Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, 2014

BFA, Studio Art, Ball State University, 2010



2018  Emerging Artist , Ceramics Monthly, May Issue

2017   Best in Show, Light, Time and Space Gallery

2014   Thomas D. Gipe Sculpture award

2013   Recipient of the RGGS (Research Grant for Graduate Student

2011   $1,000 Purchase Award, Permanent Collection, Student Success Show, SIUE

2010   Ball State Annual Student Show, Best in Show Award

2010 “Bookish” Best in Show Award



Strathnairn Art Association, Canberra, Australia, Summer, 2012



Center of Contemporary Art Pino Pascali Foundation, Rome, Italy Artist Interview, 2021

Southern Graphic Council International, Print Conference Presenter, Dallas, TX

Visiting Artist, Demonstration/Lecture, Booker T. Washington 2018

Workshop/Demonstration and Lecture, Pacific University 2018

Hockaday, ISAS, Workshop Leader and lecturer, 2018

Brookhaven County Community College, Workshop and Lecture, 2016

Jacoby Art Center, Primitive Ceramics: Obtaining local materials for glazes and clays, Two day Workshop. Alton, Illinois, 2014

2-day Guest Artist, Demonstration, Althoff High School, Belleville, Illinois, Spring 2013

2-day workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, Fall 2012

Guest Lecturer, Canberra Potter’s Society, Canberra, Australia, Summer 2012

2-day workshop Strathnairn Arts Association, Canberra, Australia, Summer 2012



Studio Potter Magazine, 2021

Architectural Digest, Spain 2020

Attitude, 2020 

Milk Magazine, 2020

Vogue Living, 2020

Corrie Della Sera Living, 2020

Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artist 2018, May Issue

Ceramics Monthly, February 2016 issue, Upfront Exposure

ArtAscent International Magazine, December 2014 issue, Feature: “RED”, Distinguished Artist

The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 513 November 2012




Center of Contemporary Art Pino Pascali Foundation, Rome, Italy

Puls Contemporary Ceramic Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Group Show, Gallerie Mascota, Mexico City, Mexico

Steinbeisser, Experiemental Gastronomy, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Solo Show, RO2 Gallery, Dallas, TX

Group Show, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL

Yunomi Invitational AKAR, Iowa



RO2 Gallery, Group Show, Dallas, TX

Faculty Exhibition Brookhaven School of the Arts, Dallas, TX

CICA Museum, Over the Structure, South Korea



Invitational, Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN

Invitational, “In a Pinch”, Brazos Gallery, Dallas, TX

Invitational, Steinbeisser Experimental Gastronomy Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands, New York City, 99 Scott

James Beard Foundation, Vienna, Italy

Gyeonggi International Korean Ceramic Biennale Icheon, Yeoju and Gwangu, Korea 

53rd Annual NCECA Exhibition, Form Will Find its Way, Juror: Elizabeth Carpenter, Minneapolis, MN 



Texas Talent, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

Invitational, Chaos, Ro2 Gallery, Dallas, TX

Invitational, Art Aspen, Aspen Colorado

Invitational, Ro2 Gallery, “Charma Cameleon”, Dallas, TX

Invitational, Ro2 Gallery, “Sideshow” Dallas Art Fair, Dallas TX

Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist 2018

Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Juror: Lauren Mabry, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Brookhaven Community College, Dallas, TX

Curated, Group Exhibition, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven Community College, Dallas

Invitational, Group Exhibition, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI

Invitational, ISAS Fine Arts Festival, Hockaday, Dallas, TX



Invitational, Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

Invitational, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX

Invitational, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL

Contemporary, Conception Global Art Collective, Dallas, TX

Landscape, Light, Space and Time Gallery Jupiter, FL

Faculty Exhibition, Brookhaven Community College, TX

Chaos, RO2 Gallery, Dallas, TX

Crafting Resistance, ACLU, Janehartsook Gallery, NYC, NY

New Texas Talent, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

Solo Exhibition Brookhaven College Studio Gallery, Farmers Branch TX

Invitational, PAA Gallery, Plano Art District, TX

University of Dallas Regional Ceramic Competition, Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery and Witchita Falls Museum of Art, Juror: Virginia Marsh

REDUX: Transformation 6x6 Invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY



Open Studios Exhibition at the Cedars, Dallas, Tx

Brookhaven College, Faculty Exhibition, Dallas, Tx        

Irons in the Fire, Campanion Gallery, Juror: Justin Rothshank, Homboldt, TN

Tristate of Mind Emerging Artist, Juror: Leslie Ferrin, Port Chester NY

41 Years of Lineage SIUE MFA Exhibition, NCECA, Kansas City, MO



Invitational, A.I.R. Retrospective of Artist in Residence Strathnairn, Canberra, Australia

Edwardsville Art Center, Cup Show Invitational, Edwardsville,

Made in Clay III, NYC, Invitational Exhibition

Origins in Clay III, Brooklyn Water Front Arts Coalition, Juror: Judith Schwartz, NY

Jane Hartsook Gallery, Faculty and Staff Show, New York City, NY

Dirty South Mug Competition, River Oaks Square Art Center, LA, Juror: Tom Coleman

Twin Cups Ceramic Exhibition, Missouri Western State University, MO, Juror: Steven Hill



Invitational, “Disturb NCECA”, Milwaukee, WI

25th Annual Teapot Show “On the Road Again”, Juror Joan Houlehen, WI

Group show: Sarah Gillispie and Adam Knoche, Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL

Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, Perceptive Connections, West Gallery Art and Design, IL

Invitational, SIUE Ceramic Exhibition, Curator: Eric Hoefer, Edwardsville, IL, MUC Gallery

Invitational, Governor French Academy Exhibition, Belleville, IL

Invitational Holiday Show, Jacoby Art Center, Edwardsville, IL

Annual Graduate Exhibition, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL, Juror: Stephine Kirkland



Invitational Tea for Two, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, curated by Joan Houlehen

Invitational Graduate Ceramic Exhibition, Greenville College, Greenville, IL

Holiday Show, Invitational, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton,

Francis Park Art in the Park, Francis Park, St. Louis MO

Graduate and Faculty Show, Edwardsville, IL, MUC Gallery

23rd Annual Teapot Show, Chicago, IL, Chiaroscuro Gallery

Solo Exhibition, Stone Bridge Valley Art Center, Michael, IL

2013 Teabowl National, KC Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO, Juror: Doug Jeppesen



Schlafly Bottleworks Art Outside, St. Louis MO

Functional/Dysfunctional, Morean Art Center, Jurors Steve Young Lee, and Kathy King

Drink This! The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show, Lorton Arts Foundation, Juror Linda Arbuckle

Cup of Comfort International Ceramics Biennial, Swope Art Museum/Halcyon Art Gallery, Juror Ray Chen

Solo Exhibition, Woolshed, Strathnairn Art Association, Canberra Australia

Student Success Show, Morris University Art Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois, Juror

Michael Parrett  

Graduate Show Exhibition, New Wagner Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois, Juror: Arny Nadler



Invitational Exhibition, Artsplace Gallery, Portland Indiana



BFA Thesis Exhibition, Surfaces of Traditions Lost, Atrium Gallery, Ball State      

University, Muncie Indiana

Last Call Juried National Exhibition. St. Petersburg Clay Center, St. Petersburg FL, Juror Adam Yungbluth, Matt Schiemann

Bookish Ball State University Center Gallery, Muncie Indiana

Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Gladding McBean Factory Gallery.

Lincoln, CA Juror: William Van Gilder

Exhibition of Ball State University 3-D Arts, Center Gallery, Muncie, Indiana

One Night Stand, Downtown Arts walk Exhibition, Muncie Indiana

Third Annual Cup Show, Form and Function, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama

City FL, Jill Foot-Hutton

8 Fluid Ounces Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA, Juror: Andy Shaw

10th Annual National Juried Cup Show Kent State University School of Arts Downtown     

Gallery, Juror Dean Adams

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