Open Studios Planning Team
K. Allison Ceramics
Kimberly Allison is a ceramic artist and designer who discovered her love of clay in 2012. She works in cone 6 porcelain and uses textured, brushed, and splattered slips as well as mishima inlay to create surfaces that complement her forms.
Born in Southern Massachusetts, Kim studied film production and graphic design at Boston University. She spent more than a decade as a graphic designer in Boston before deciding in October 2016 to shift careers and pursue ceramics full time. Her background in both film and design contribute to her sense of aesthetic and help to bring dynamic, unique personalities to her minimalist functional wares. She spent five years in classes and studio workshops at The Clay School in Lynn and currently works out of her home studio in Salem with her graphic designer/ceramic artist husband and their three cats. Two of which, yes, are black.
This is Kim's fifth year participating in Open Studios, and her fourth as part of the planning team.
Artist Statement: I've always had two sides that I thought were distinctly separate: the analytical, math-driven me who loves budget spreadsheets, looks forward to tax season, and hates even numbers; and the artistic me who lives and breathes design and once dreamed of making the next great American film. In clay, I've been able to combine both passions. I enjoy the precision required to throw and build with a finicky porcelain body and the creative storytelling inherent in surface design and its ability to connect with people. I discovered mishima during a 2013 workshop, and it brought a new dimension to the way I view clay as an art form. There's something appealing to me about the focus required to hand-inlay my patterns and textures so that they become part of the pot rather than an addition on the surface. I can't take back or wipe away the cuts I make, which lends a sense of permanence that resonates with me. I love that most people who interact with my work aren't sure how how it was decorated and will ask questions about my process that often lead to engaging conversations and a personal connection.
My strongest inspirations come from Scandinavian design and culture, which I inherited from my Swedish grandmother and her beautifully-decorated Scandinavian design home. I also have an inherent tendency to find human qualities in just about every object I encounter, so I tend to get to know each of my pieces as though it has its own personality. I often refer to my works for sale as "searching for their forever homes," and I am genuinely happy for each one when we say goodbye after it finds its new owner.