Heather Knight is an Asheville, NC based ceramic artist who has garnered attention from the worldwide art and design community since she opened Element in 2007. Her handmade porcelain work is widely recognized for its striking combination of modern textures, patterns and shapes inspired by nature. "I am extremely dedicated to all hand built production,all of my items are made by hand from start to finish, each urchin bowl is pinched from a ball of clay, each vase is thrown on the wheel, each piece of texture is hand built and individually applied to a slab built form, each mark on my functional bowls is made by my hands. Every piece that leaves my studiois truly a one of a kind work." Heather Knight
Heather Knight opened Element Clay Studio in Asheville, NC in the summer of 2007 as a way to supplement her income in between teaching sessions at the local museum. Interior Design magazine contacted her late that year, and by May 2008, she resigned from her teaching position to pursue Element Clay Studio full time. Her shop now occupies a large storefront studio in the Asheville River Arts District; an eclectic neighborhood that houses almost 200 artists and craftsmen, and produces work for stores, galleries, designers and consultants all over the world.
Though the business has grown greatly in the last eight years, the backbone of the studio has remained the same. Heather is committed to remaining a craft based business, and all of the porcelain dishes, tiles, vases and decorative objects are 100% handmade and don't use any means of mass production. Adhering to these values allows Element Clay Studio to continue to produce only the finest, heirloom quality work.
As a small, family run company, we pride ourselves in providing you with not only handmade, gallery quality work, but excellent customer service that exceeds your expectations. We hope to bring a little luxury to your life, and provide you with things you will love and cherish for a lifetime.
In September 2012, Heather's husband Mike Dale has joined her in the studio, assisting with administrative duties, client communication, graphic design, marketing, shipping and various studio tasks. Mike has a background in visual arts; holding a BA in Art from West Virginia State University, a 17-year career in marketing and graphic design, and is an accomplished printmaker as well. He is a great addition to the studio and helps make sure that all the details are taken care of.