"I work slowly. Often I dig and process my own wild clays, a laborious but satisfying process. Works are hand-built, using techniques much slower and intimate than mass-throwing on a pottery wheel.
I believe feeling deeply connected to the objects around us often comes from a connection to the maker, and the making act itself.
Pressed, pinched, or carved.- all of my hand-built pieces hold evidence of the human hand. I hope these preserved histories allow the viewer to connect with its deeply human, handmade origin."
Carragh Knapp (previously Carragh Amos), was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her rural childhood established a strong connection with natural materials.
Knapp holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Hons (1st Class) from Elam School of Fine Arts. Despite intending to become a painter, Knapp focused on sculpture after being exposed to the medium. Her thesis and ceramic-based graduate exhibition 'Handmade Aesthetics' considered the appeal of the handmade.
In 2014 Knapp relocated to Wellington and laid a technical foundation at the Wellington Potters Association. She also held her first solo exhibition - Hand Labour (2015).
Knapp has lived in various international cities including Singapore and Montréal. In Canada she built a body of work while sharing a ceramic studio under Atelier Creatifs. These works aimed to conjure emotions through form. Travelling throughout Japan had an especially profound influence - following this trip she adopted the reductive method of kurinuki. Returning to Singapore soon afterward (2019), Knapp also found an influential mentor - wood-firer Abraham Ling.
Carragh Knapp's practice moves between fine art and functional craft. Her pieces are influenced by historical pottery of the wider Asian region. Current work celebrates process, labour, and action through hand-built ceramics.
Knapp returned to continue her practice in New Zealand in 2021.
Read the recent interview with Eat&Sip:
'Carving' Out An Interview With Carragh Amos
2020 Cup: The Intimate Object XVI , Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville FL, USA. Oct 2 -
2019-20 Small Works , Untitled Gallery, Tucson AZ, USA
2019 Open Air , Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 50 Squared , Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Antonio Boschi & Marieda di Stefano, Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano, Milan, Italy
2019 100 Postcards, 100 Paces Studio & Gallery, Taiwan
2018 Small, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Spectrum, bG Gallery / Gestalt Projectspace, Santa Monica, USA
2018 Circular, bG Gallery / Gestalt Projectspace, Santa Monica, USA
2017 Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Love + Intimacy, In Good Company Space, Wellington, New Zealand
2015 Tactile, In Good Company Space, Wellington, New Zealand
2015 Solo exhibition, Hand Labour, In Good Company Space, Wellington, New Zealand
2015 REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT, Matchbox Studios, Wellington, New Zealand
2015 Moana, Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
2014 Gift It, In Good Company Space, Wellington, New Zealand
2014 Silent Art Auction, In Good Company Space, Wellington, New Zealand
2014 Collaborative project, Aesthetics City - Design Shanghai, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2013 Collaborative project, Design Shanghai - Shanghai Design Biennale (as part of the Curated Collaborative Student Project), The Powerstation of Art, Shanghai, China
2013 Elam Grad Show - Handmade Aesthetics, Elam School Of Fine Arts, Auckland,
2013 Cafespace B431, Projectspace B431, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 </3, Projectspace B431, Auckland, New Zealand
2021 earth., La galerie, Alliance Française de Singapour, Singapore. Group ceramics exhibition
during Singapore Art Week 2021. Jan 21 - Jan 24. Instagram event page.
Podcasts / Video Interviews
2020 Carragh Amos | Episode 638, The Potter's Cast with Paul Blais. June 11. Website
Selected Features & Published Works
2020 'Carving' Out An Interview with Carragh Amos, Eat&Sip - The Tableware Curators.
2020 The Quarantine Editorial - Ceramic . The Architectural Crew. April 2020. Visit.
2019. DeluxeEd. p67-68
2019 Conquering Self, GSO Zine festival collaborative zine.
2017 Beautiful ceramics by Carragh Amos. My Paradissi., May 16, 2017. Visit.
2014 Handmade Aesthetics (2013), Elam School of Fine Arts Handbook, Cover
2013/4 Under Green Needles (2012), University of Auckland NICAI Undergraduate Prospectus,
2019 2 week 80hr aquagama firing, Ipoh, Malaysia (lead firer Abraham Ling)
2019 1 week 51hr anagama firing, Ipoh, Malaysia (lead firer Abraham Ling)
2019 2 week collaborative residency, Daly St Studios, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Design Shanghai - Shanghai Design Biennale (as part of the Curated Collaborative
Student Project), The Powerstation of Art, Shanghai, China
2015 Air Dry Clay Introduction as part of Tactile at In Good Company Space, Wellington,
2015 Love + Intimacy curated with Robbie Handcock, featuring The Date Club collective,
In Good Company Space, Wellington, New Zealand
2014 BFA Hons first class (interdisciplinary), Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland,
Maker's stamp and signatures on ceramic works. All woodfired and high-temp gas fired work is dated.
Triangle 2014 - 2017
CA 2018 - 2019
ca Jan - Oct 2020
Nov 2020 - current