Hello, I’m Sue Kniffin Davidson of Kniffin Pottery. I’ve been on Etsy since 2007, and I presently work out of my studio in Seattle.
I started making pots at a summer class I took in high school. That led to a B.F.A. in ceramics from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. Since then, I’ve worked out of studios in Arcata, California; Chicago; and now, Seattle.
Over the years, I’ve found that you can get a very unique look by mixing processes; most of my work is a combination of wheel-thrown, hand-built and slip-casted pieces. I also enjoy making all my own molds. There is a forgiveness in working with clay that you don’t get with other mediums. It’s fun to take a lump of clay or a jar of slip and turn it into something usable.
I like to make art that makes people laugh, smile and cringe at the same time. Why make a regular bowl if I can make one with hands holding it up? I know, I know – it’s not for everyone, but I appreciate people who do a double-take when they see my work. I think it’s great when something ordinary has a dark side, something beautiful has a bit of ugly, or something innocent has a bit of creepy. It keeps things interesting.
Etsy is a wonderful outlet for an artist like myself. It’s a great way to share my work with people who have unique taste in art. I can’t imagine having this opportunity anywhere else! I don’t know what the future holds, but hopefully as long as I can get my hands dirty it’ll be good.
All photographs by Kniffin Pottery.