Carragh Amos, née Knapp, was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her rural childhood established a strong connection with natural materials.
Amos holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Hons (1st Class) from Elam School of Fine Arts. Despite intending to become a painter, Amos 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 Amos relocated to Wellington and laid a technical foundation at the Wellington Potters Association. She also held her first solo exhibition - Hand Labour (2015).
Amos 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), Amos also found an influential mentor - wood-firer Abraham Ling.
Carragh Amos' 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.
Amos is a New Zealand born artist currently based in Singapore.
Read the recent interview with Eat&Sip:
'Carving' Out An Interview With Carragh Amos
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 read review
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, New Zealand
2013 Cafespace B431, Projectspace B431, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 </3, Projectspace B431, Auckland, New Zealand
Podcasts / Video Interviews
2020 Carragh Amos | Episode 638, The Potter's Cast with Paul Blais. Coming June 11. Website
Live. Conversations with Black Lumberjack. 27/05/2020 View.
Selected Features & Published Works
2020 'Carving' Out An Interview with Carragh Amos, Eat&Sip - The Tableware Curators. 29/05/2020. Visit.
2020 The Quarantine Editorial - Ceramic . The Architectural Crew. April 2020. Visit.
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, p15
Residencies and International Events
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, New Zealand
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, New Zealand