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Kirsten Bassion

Kirsten Bassion

Making every day a celebration, Kirsten Bassion’s use of vivid colors and joyful patterns brings out the best in her handmade pottery made for daily use. Her background as a quilter is evident in every wheel thrown, hand textured and decorated object. Playful and comfortable, her stoneware work is as durable as it is eye-catching.

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Kirsten Bassion Pattern Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Kirsten Bassion Swirl Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Kirsten Bassion Tall Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Kirsten Bassion at MudFire

Gallery group show de la Fleur, February 2012

 

Kirsten Bassion Artist Bio

Kirsten Bassion received her MFA in Ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY in 2004 and her Bachelors from Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY in 1997 with a major in studio art. In 2006 Kirsten opened up The Clay School in Lynn, MA where she currently makes her work and teaches classes. Her work is shown in galleries throughout the country and she resides in Marblehead, MA with her husband and two daughters

Kirsten's work is made with porcelain clay and fired to a mid-range (cone 6 = 2150F) in an electric oxidation kiln. She primarily works on a potter's wheel but has also works that are made using press molds.

Her process includes using stamps to create textured patterns on her pieces. She carves her own stamps out of rubber or plaster using a linoleum knife. The next stage is painting on underglazes to create the patterns and lines. She does all of this before the first firing, called the bisque (1880F). Next comes the glazing process and Kirsten has made all of her glazes from scratch and gets her colorful palette from Mason Stains and natural oxides. Because of all the shifts in color, Kirsten has to painstakingly apply her glazes with a paint brush. Then the work gets fired for the second and last time to cone 6 oxidation.

 

Kirsten Bassion Artist Statement

I create functional pottery for daily use and celebrations that catches the eye through the use of bright colors, intricate patterns, and generous forms. Spanish/Islamic tiles and pottery have strongly influenced my work since I lived there when I was 16 and this can be seen in the patterns and colors I have chosen. I have also been a quilter and collector of antique American quilts for years, which helps inform how I divide up the space on each form to lay down pattern as well as color and texture.

My pieces are generally wheel thrown and stamped with a series of hand-carved stamps that I have created in rubber and plaster. Underglazed patterns are hand- painted on before the bisque and the work is finished in a cone 5 oxidation kiln with a bold palette of glazes. My hope is that the final product is one that is visually stimulating, comfortable to use, and embodies my playful personality. I have strived to live life to the fullest and creating work that I can share with others is part of the joy of being a potter.





Kirsten Bassion Artist Resume

Education:
2004 Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Fine Arts Rochester, NY
1997 Skidmore College, Bachelor of Science: Studio Art Saratoga Spr., NY
Selected Exhibitions:
2011, Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA
2011, Bancroft and Friends Marblehead, MA
2011, Bowls, Worcester Center for Craft Worcester, MA
2011, Society of Arts and Crafts Boston, MA
2011, Fuller Craft Museum Brockton, MA
2011, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Clay Art Center Port Chester, NY
2010, Winterfest 2010 Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks Baltimore, MD
2010, Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA
2010, CRAFTBOSTON, Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA
2010, Small Favors V, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2010, Winterfest Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks Baltimore, MD
2010, Plates and Platters, Gallery Under the Stairs Lynn, MA
2010, The Clay Studio Gallery Philadelphia, PA
2010, Bancroft + Friends Gallery Marblehead, MA
2010, Marblehead Arts Association Gallery Marblehead, MA
2009, CRAFTBOSTON, Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA
2009, Danforth Museum Shop Framingham, MA
2009, Fuller Craft Museum Shop Brockton, MA
2009, Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA
2009, Under Cover Invitational, Clay Art Center Port Chester, NY
2009, Small Bowls: Susan Maasch Fine Art Portland, ME
2009, Watershed Salad Days Pottery Sale Invitational Newcastle, ME
2008, Art in Bloom, Garden Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
2008, Pottery Invitational for Salad Days at Watershed Newcastle, ME
2008, Gifted 2008, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2008, South End Holiday Market Boston, MA
2008, Our Cup Runneth Over 2008, Society of Arts and Crafts Boston, MA
2008, One and Only Invitational, Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, WI
2008, All Fired Up, Artful Table Invitational, Lyndhurst Westchester, NY
2008, Marblehead Arts Festival Marblehead, MA
2008, Yunomi Invitational Show, AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA
2007, Gifted 2007, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2007, One and Only, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, WI
2007, 5x30, AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA
2007, MIMI Gallery Ipswich, MA
2007, Interfusion, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
2007, Mastery in Clay 2007, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2007, Yunomi Invitational Show, AKAR Gallery Iowa City, IA
2007, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Featured Clay Artist Portland, ME
2007, Platter and Plate Invitational, Pewabic Pottery Gallery Detroit, MI
2007, LUX, Lincoln Arts Center Lincoln, NE
2006, New Members Show, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
2006, Featured Artist-July, Lincoln Arts Center Lincoln, NE
2006, Society of Arts and Crafts, Retail Gallery, Newbury St. Boston, MA
2006, AKAR Gallery Legacy, Iowa City, IA
2006, Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2006, Solo at the Virginia Carten Gallery, Carten Gallery Marblehead, MA
2006, Cup Invitational, Society of Arts and Crafts Boston, MA
2005, Market House Crafts Center, "13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National" East Petersburg, PA
2005, Brookline 300, Brookline Council for the Arts Brookline, MA
2005, Brookline Arts Center, Holiday Invitational Brookline, MA
2005, South End Holiday Market, Boston, MA
2005, Marblehead Holiday Art Show Marblehead, MA
2005, Brookline 300 Anniversary, Brookline Council for the Arts Brookline, MA
2005, Gifted 2, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2005, King Hooper Mansion Gallery, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
2005, Gallery 138, "5th Annual National Cup Show" Kent, OH
2005, Enduring Legacy, Schmidt Art Center, SW Illinois College Belleville, IL
2005, Redbrick Gallery, "North Shore Clay Workers Show" Beverly, MA
2005, Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
2005, Market Street Gallery, "Demo and Show" Ipswich, MA
2005, Center Gallery at Old Church, "16th Annual Small Works Show", Demarest, NJ
2004, Redbrick Arts, "Whimsical Show" Beverly, MA
2004, The Clay Studio, "Gifted" Philadelphia, PA
2004, Davison Art Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, "Clay Dialects" Rochester, NY
2004, Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, "Graduate Thesis Exhibition" Rochester, NY
2004, Gallery r, Blues 2, Rochester, NY
Professional Experience:
2006-present, Owner/Teacher, The Clay School Lynn, MA
2009, Visiting Artist at Shore Country Day Beverly, MA
2009, Salem Public Park Project, Peabody St. Park Salem, MA
2006-2007, Ceramics Teacher, Adult Wheel Class, Creative Arts Reading, MA
2005, Ceramics Teacher, Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols, Upper School,Cambridge, MA
2005, Ceramics Teacher, Porcelain, Peabody Essex Museum and Redbrick Arts Center Beverly, MA
2004-2005, Ceramics Teacher, Redbrick Arts Center Beverly, MA
2004-2005, Ceramics Teacher, Adult Wheel Class, Creative Arts Reading, MA
2003, Artist-in-Residence, Fundacio Josep Llorens Artigas, Barcelona, Spain
2003, Ceramics Teacher, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
2002, Ceramics Studio Technician, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
2001, Ceramics Teacher, Peninsula Fine Arts Center Newport News, VA
Commissions and Collections:
1995-present, Van Otterloo private collection Marblehead, MA
2007, Marge Kalodner Collection, 8 soup bowls Philadelphia, PA
2007, Wakefield, Serving Dishes Williamsburg, VA
2007, Crowninsheild, Dinner set for 6 Marblehead, MA
2006, Jensen/Bassion Wedding, 12 person dinner set Salem, OR
2006, Wakefield, 6 person dinner set Williamsburg, VA
2005, Hamilton Design, 12 bowl set New York, NY
2004, RIT Wallace Library Purchase Prize Permanent Collection Rochester, NY
2003, Office of the Provost Giving Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
2002, Rudders Wedding, 64 piece Dinner Set Williamsburg, VA
Publications:
April/May 2010, North Shore Magazine, The Home Issue, It's Cake, page 22
December/Holiday 2009, North Shore Magazine, Fabulous Finds, page 94
Fall 2009, Marblehead Home and Style, Art Town, page 14
September 14, 2008, New York Times, Arts and Entertainment, page 10
April 24, 2008, The Marblehead Reporter, Cover Feature in Arts and More, page 1