Knut Pottery

Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Boats to Honeypots

Mugs to Plates

Platters to Tea bag holders


Trays to Viking Boats

Unique Pieces


Artist Bio


Al Knutson - Potter

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I first dabbled in clay while in high school in the mid 60's, but it wasn't until 1995 that I began to work seriously in this medium. It was after I bought an old kick wheel and some clay in the spring of 1995 and felt the clay change almost magically in my hands as I applied pressure to it, that I was really hooked on clay. My wife and I both took a beginners pottery course in Kamloops, British Columbia, in the fall of 1995. Within a few weeks I was producing a lot of different pots and before I knew it I was selling them in the fall craft sales. I took more courses, bought an electric wheel, a small kiln, some tools and clay, made a studio in the basement, and got into production. I have attended many workshops over the last 20 years. Each one has had an influence on the unique style of pottery I have developed.

In Nov. 2002 I took early retirement to pursue pottery full time. In 2004 we moved to Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada) and are presently in Nanoose Bay, BC. I make mostly functional pottery using rich vibrant colours and bold flowing forms and I strive to make each piece function well for its intended purpose whilst being visually pleasing. My work is evolving: forever being refined and changed with the influence of each workshop I attend and input from customers and friends.
  My goal is to make each pot unique.....similar but not identical. Each piece is either thrown on the wheel or handcrafted from slabs of clay. All pots should be oven, microwave and dishwasher safe because of the temperature they are fired to but it is not recommended that they be used for making candy or toffee. My glazes are food safe and lead free.

12 cup driftwood handle teapot

In 2004 my work was displayed at the Kamloops Art Gallery when the Thompson Valley Potters Guild put on a show called "The Mad Potters Tea Party". In August of 2005 a few of my pots were shown at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, (Vancouver Island University Campus) with the Tozan Society display.

I have been involved in several craft sales (both juried and non-juried) in Kamloops, Kelowna and Merritt. Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2004 I have been in "Kris Kringle Craft Market" in Qualicum, "A Touch of Saltspring", the "Last chance Christmas Sale" in Sidney, the Christmas Craft Bazaar put on by the City of Nanaimo in Beban Park, the Ladysmith Light-up Christmas Craft Sale and the St. Philips Christmas Craft Fair in Cedar, Nautical Days in Comox, the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op Sale in Beban Park, Milner Gardens Art and Photography, Mid-Island Potters Sale, Nanoose Bay Potters Sale and Nanoose Bay Christmas Craft Fair.

As of January 2017 I have removed my pottery from all the stores I was involved in but you can still buy it from my Studio - Knut Pottery Plus - in Nanoose Bay, open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm year round or phone for an appointment - 250-468-7633. Due to a few family circumstances it was time to slow down a bit, sorry for the inconvenience. If you phone or email ( we can always put aside pieces until you can pick them up.


March 2017