With interests in mid-century design, pop-culture and craftsmanship Sam Knopp creates functional ceramics that are playful, minimal and richly tactile. Excited by the materiality and process of ceramics she researches and develops her own clay-bodies and glazes putting them together in unexpected combinations to explore the relationship of surface to form, manufactured to handmade, and function to sculpture.
A graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (BFA 2013), she was the recipient of the Circle Craft Graduation Award and the BMO First Art Award for BC. Pursuing both a functional and sculptural practice she has exhibited work in Canada and the United States in 2015 she was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Craft and Design. Since returning home to prairies she has set-up a full-time studio in the village of Irma is currently working towards a solo exhibition at the Stony Plain Art Gallery.