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BASSION, KIRSTEN
BASSION, KIRSTEN
MASSACHUSETTS
I create functional pottery for daily use. I hope that it catches the eye through the use of bright colors, intricate patterns, and satisfies the user through generous forms and tactile surfaces. 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 to use. For years before that I was a quilter and that has also inform how I divide up the space on each form and lay down pattern as well as color and texture.

Some of my pieces are wheel thrown while others are hand built but all are painted with unique underglaze designs. Most are also stamped with a series of hand-carved stamps that I have created in rubber, clay, and plaster. The work is finished in a cone 5 oxidation kiln with a bold palette of glazes that drip and run together.

My hope is that the final product is one that is visually stimulating, comfortable to use, and embodies a playful personality. I have strived to create work that I enjoy making and that is fun to share with others. This is part of the joy of being a
potter.


EDUCATION
2004
Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Fine Arts Rochester, NY
1997
Skidmore College, Bachelor of Science: Studio Art Saratoga Springs, N

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2013
Duets, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2012
Sources and Influences Invitational from Julia Galloway, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
de-la-Fluer, Vase and Flower Show, MudFire Gallery, Decantur, GA
NCECA Gallery Show, 18 Hands Gallery, Seattle, WA
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
The Clay School in Session (solo show from Kirsten's Studio), Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
Annual Cup Invitational, Artisan Gallery, Northhampton, MA
2011
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA
Bancroft and Friends, Marblehead, MA
Bowls, Worcester Center for Craft, Worcester, MA
Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Clay Art Center. Port Chester, NY
2010
Winterfest 2010 Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City. IA
CRAFTBOSTON, Seaport World Trade Center. Boston, MA
Winterfest Invitationa, Baltimore Clayworks. Baltimore, MD
Plates and Platters, Gallery Under the Stairs. Lynn, MA
The Clay Studio Gallery. Philadelphia, PA
Bancroft + Friends Gallery. Marblehead, MA
Marblehead Arts Association Gallery. Marblehead, MA
2009
CRAFTBOSTON, Seaport World Trade Center. Boston, MA
Danforth Museum Shop. Gramingham, MA
Fuller Craft Museum Shop. Brockton, MA
Yunomi Invitation, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA
Under Cover Invitation, Clay Art Center. Port Chester, NY
Small Bowls: Susan Maasch Fine Art. Portland, ME
Watershed Salad Days Pottery Sale Invitational. Newcastle, ME
2008
Art in Bloom, Garden Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Yunomi Invitational Show, AKAR Gallery
Iowa City, IA
2007
Gifted 2007, The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, PA
One and Only, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, WI
30x5, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA
MIMI Gallery. Ipswich, MA
Interfusion, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
Mastery in Clay 2007, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
Yunomi Invitational Show, AKAR Gallery. Iowa City, IA
Susan Maasch Fine Art, Featured Clay Artist Portland, ME
Platter and Plate Invitational, Pewabic Pottery Gallery. Detroit, MI
LUX, Lincoln Arts Center. Lincoln, NE
2006
New Members Show, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
Featured Artist-July, Lincoln Arts Center. Lincoln, NE
Society of Arts and Crafts, Retail Gallery, Newbury St. Boston, MA
AKAR Gallery Legacy. Iowa City, IA
Alex Karros, Julia Galloway, and Kirsten Bassion
Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, PA
Solo at the Virginia Carten Gallery, Carten Gallery. Marblehead, MA
Cup Invitational, Society of Arts and Crafts. Boston, MA
2005
Market House Crafts Center. East Petersburg, PA
“13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National” Brookline 300, Brookline Council for the Arts. Brookline, MA
Brookline Arts Center, Holiday Invitational. Brookline, MA
South End Holiday Market. Boston, MA
Marblehead Holiday Art Show. Marblehead, MA
Brookline 300 Anniversary, Brookline Council for the Arts. Brookline, MA
Gifted 2, The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, PA
King Hooper Mansion Gallery, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Marblehead, MA
Gallery 138, “5th Annual National Cup Show”. Kent, OH
Enduring Legacy, Schmidt Art Center, SW Illinois College. Belleville, IL
Redbrick Gallery, “North Shore Clay Workers Show”. Beverly, MA
Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, PA
Market Street Gallery, “Demo and Show”. Ipswich, MA
Center Gallery at Old Church. Demarest, NJ
“16th Annual Small Works Show”
2004
Redbrick Arts, “Whimsical Show”. Beverly, MA
The Clay Studio, “Gifted”. Philadelphia, PA
Davison Art Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan Collage Rochester, NY
“Clay Dialects” Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY
“Graduate Thesis Exhibition” Gallery r, Blues 2, Rochester, NY

PROFESSIONAL CERAMICS EXPERIENCE
2006-present
Co-Owner/Teacher, North Shore Clay Studio. Lynn, MA
2009
Visiting Artist at Shore Country Day, Beverly, MA
Salem Public Park Porject, Peabody St. Park, Salem, MA
2006-2007
Ceramics Teacher, Adult Wheel Class, Creative Arts. Reading, MA
2005
Ceramics Teacher. Cambridge, MA. Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols, Upper School
Ceramics Teacher, Porcelain. Beverly, MA. Peabody Essex Museum and Redbrick Arts Center
2004-2005
Ceramics Teacher, Adult and Child Classes, Beverly, MA. Redbrick Arts Center
Ceramics Teacher, Adult Wheel Class, Creative Arts. Reading, MA
2003
Artist-in-Residence, Fundacio Josep Llorens Artigas. Barcelona, Spain
Ceramics Teacher, Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. School for American Crafts
2002
Ceramics Studio Technician. Rochester, NY. Rochester Institute of Technology
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
Wakefield, Serving Dishes. Williamsburg, VA
Crowninsheild, Dinner set for 6. Marblehead, MA
2006
Jensen/Bassion Wedding, 12 person dinner set. Salem, OR
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, NY. Rochester Institute of Technology
2002
Rudders Wedding, 64 piece Dinner Set. Williamsburg, VA
1995-present
Mr. and Mrs. van Otterloo Collection. Marblehead, MA

PUBLICATIONS
2013
American Pottery iBook, By Kevin Hluch
2010
North Shore Magazine, The Home Issue, It's Cake, page 22, April/May
2009
North Shore Magazine, Fabulous Friends, page 94, December/Holiday
Marblehead Home and Style, Art Town, page 14, Fall
2008
New York Times, Arts and Entertainment, page 10, September 14, 2008
The Marblehead Reporter, Cover Feature in Arts and More, page 1, April 24, 2008