Lydia Pinkham Open Studios
November 18-19, 2017 | 10am-5pm

Kimberly Allison Planning

Open Studios Planning Team


Kimberly Allison

K. Allison Ceramics
Room 316

Kimberly Allison is a studio potter whose handmade functional wares are inspired by Nordic nature, design, and culture. Kim credits her Swedish grandmother with instilling in her a love of both minimalism and hygge, and a devotion to seeking out both in life and clay. 

Kim is fascinated by pottery’s unique ability to convey visual and tactile experiences simultaneously. She uses porcelain forms with mishima inlay, carving techniques, and slipped surfaces to create or obscure texture in an effort to explore the relationship between what we see and what we feel when we interact with ceramics.

Born in Southern Massachusetts, Kim studied film production and graphic design at Boston University, graduating with a B.S. in 2005. She spent more than a decade as a corporate graphic designer in Boston. In 2012, she took her first ceramics class as a date night with her husband and immediately became enamored with clay. In late 2016, after four years in classes and studio workshops, Kim decided to shift careers and pursue ceramics full time. Her backgrounds in film and in design contribute to her love of storytelling and her enthusiasm for the art of making by hand. Kim currently works out of her home studio in Salem, Massachusetts with her graphic designer/ceramic artist husband and their three cats and one dog.

This is Kim's sixth year participating in Open Studios, and her fifth as part of the planning team.