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Dr Stephen Knott

Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies

About

I am a writer, researcher and lecturer in craft theory and history. I'm the author of Amateur Craft: History and Theory (Bloomsbury, 2015), a book derived from my AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum.

I joined Kingston in December 2015, after lecturing posts at Liverpool Hope University, Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts, London), the Royal College of Art, the University of Creative Arts, and Buckingham University, where I taught critical and historical context modules for art and design practice at BA and MA level.

I am one of the editors of The Journal of Modern Craft and have written articles for a range of publications, both academic, such as Design and Culture, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, and non-academic, including Crafts, Ceramic Review, Art Jewelry Forum.

Areas of specialism

  • Contemporary Craft
  • Craft History and Theory
  • Design History and Theory
  • Everyday Life and Making
  • Nineteenth Century Decorative Arts and Social History

Qualifications

  • PhD History of Design/Jewellery & Metal, Royal College of Art/V&A Museum
  • MA European History, University College London
  • BA (Hons) History, University College London

Research

My research covers the broad terrain of modern craft history and theory, with a particular focus on everyday making. The renewal of interest in a range of craft practices today foregrounds the ambiguous role of amateur making in modernity and its relationship with art and design practice in contemporary and historical contexts. I explored these themes and the historical antecedents to the contemporary revivals of craft in Amateur Craft: History and Theory, published by Bloomsbury in 2015. In this book I covered a range of much-maligned practices, and I investigated the relevance of amateur making to contemporary art and design practice.

Other areas of research include the turn to the decorative and applied arts in France and Britain in the late nineteenth century, modern histories of tooling and craft instruction (kits and manuals), histories of the Art & Crafts and Studio Craft Movements and inter-disciplinary pedagogy in art and design.

Publications

Number of items: 28.

Article

Knott, Stephen (2016) It’s time to get serious about sloppy. Book review of: 'Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts' edited by Elaine Cheasley Paterson and Susan Surette. Crafts, 258, pp. 61-62. ISSN (print) 0306-610X

Knott, Stephen (2016) Money, number, matter. Art Jewelry Forum,

Knott, Stephen (2016) The peculiar problems of process. Book review of 'Craftwork as Problem Solving: Ethnographic Studies of Design and Making' edited by Trevor H. J. Marchand. Crafts, 259, p. 77. ISSN (print) 0306-610X

Knott, Stephen (2016) A sense of an overview, yes; a sense of dynamism, less so. Art Jewelry Forum,

Knott, Stephen [Reviewer] (2015) Book review of : 'Hooked rugs : encounters in American modern art, craft and design' by Cynthia Fowler. Textile History, 46(1), pp. 135-137. ISSN (print) 0040-4969

Knott, Stephen (2015) Dinner in motion. Ceramics : Art & Perception, 101, pp. 36-39. ISSN (print) 1035-1841

Knott, Stephen (2015) Labour of love. Crafts, 255, pp. 48-51. ISSN (print) 0306-610X

Knott, Stephen (2014) Amateur work: Reader participation and dialogism in late-nineteenth-century domestic design advice. Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, 5(2), pp. 161-177. ISSN (print) 2041-9112

Knott, Stephen (2014) Concours des vitraux de Jeanne d’Arc: The multiple ways of materializing the past in late nineteenth-century French stained glass. West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, 21(2), pp. 192-215. ISSN (print) 2153-5531

Knott, Stephen (2014) Insight into beauty. Ceramics : Art & Perception, 98, pp. 108-110. ISSN (print) 1035-1841

Knott, Stephen (2014) This is one I made earlier : Bernhard Schobinger’s faux slapdashes at Manchester Art Gallery. Art Jewelry Forum,

Knott, Stephen (2014) Working class, middle class, upper class, evening class: Supplementary education and craft instruction, 1889–1939. The Journal of Modern Craft, 7(1), pp. 7-32. ISSN (print) 1749-6772

Knott, Stephen (2013) 3-D printing : hot air? Art Jewelry Forum,

Knott, Stephen (2013) The Amateur State. Either/And online project conceived by National Media Museum,

Knott, Stephen (2013) Design in the age of prosumption: The craft of design after the object. Design and Culture, 5(1), pp. 45-67. ISSN (print) 1754-7075

Knott, Stephen (2013) Editorial introduction. Journal of Modern Craft, 5(3), pp. 255-257. ISSN (print) 1749-6772

Knott, Stephen (2013) Everyday repair. Fixperts,

Knott, Stephen (2013) Life and Still Life. Ceramic Review, 260, pp. 26-27. ISSN (print) 0144-1825

Knott, Stephen (2012) Keen House: Scale and the architectures of enthusiasts. Design and Culture, 4(1), pp. 75-78. ISSN (print) 1754-7075

Knott, Stephen (2011) Where the artful meets the amateur. Crafts, 231, pp. 60-62. ISSN (print) 0306-610X

Knott, Stephen (2010) Hans Stofer : Walk the Line. Art Jewelry Forum,

Book

Knott, Stephen (2015) Amateur craft: history and theory. London : Bloomsbury. 160p. ISBN 9781472577344

Book Section

Knott, Stephen (2017) Translating making. In: Bates, Anna, (ed.) Perspectives on making : the journey of the Maker Library Network. London, U.K. : British Council. pp. 16-20. ISBN 9781527205703

Knott, Stephen (2016) Nils Hint: Shadow. In: Lignel, Benjamin, (ed.) On and Off. Art Jewelry Forum. ISBN 9780986422911

Knott, Stephen (2016) A critique of specialism. In: Blamey, David, (ed.) Specialism. London, U.K. : Open Editions. ISBN 9780949004017

Chandler, Kimberley and Knott, Stephen (2016) A show of hands : the spectacle of apprenticeship. In: Brown, Christie , Stair, Julian and Twomey, Clare, (eds.) Contemporary clay and museum culture: ceramics in the expanded field. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 105-114. ISBN 9781472470379

Knott, Stephen (2013) Department 21 : the craft of discomfort. In: Ravetz, Amanda , Kettle, Alice and Felcey, Helen, (eds.) Collaboration in craft. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 130-141. ISBN 9781472520104

Knott, Stephen (2013) A theory of the paint-by-number surface. In: Kelley, Victoria and Adamson, Glenn, (eds.) Surface Tensions. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719087516

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