In a Word
Before discovering ceramics, I spent a decade as a graphic designer. I lived near conservation land and the ocean but rarely interacted with either in corporate life. Only in pursuing ceramics did I learn to connect with the surroundings that now inspire my work. I am drawn to birches, burnt logs, tides, clouds, and the sensory connections we share with these bits of nature even when we aren’t paying attention.
I am also interested in pottery’s ability to convey visual and tactile experiences simultaneously. I use both handbuilt and wheelthrown porcelain forms, carvings, slips, and glazes to create or obscure texture, light, and shadow to explore the relationship between what we see and what we feel when we interact with ceramics.
My approach is minimalist but warm, a Nordic aesthetic influenced by my Swedish grandmother. I pare my concepts to their simplest elements, leaving enough to evoke a subtle feeling or memory. Pieces can stand alone or be grouped to reference forest groves, frenzied waves, or a sudden cloudburst.
Born in Southern Massachusetts, Kim studied film production and graphic design at Boston University, graduating 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 of immersing herself in classes and studio workshops, Kim decided to shift careers to 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 Salem, MA home studio with her graphic designer/ceramic artist husband, their three cats, and their “studio assistant” pup. Kim is also an instructor for wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and specialty classes and workshops at The Clay School in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Studio Potter, 2017-Present: K. Allison Ceramics, Salem, MA
Ceramics Instructor, 2018-Present: The Clay School, Lynn, MA
Event Co-Organizer, 2016-Present: Lydia Pinkham Open Studios, Lynn, MA
Juried Exhibition Highlights
CraftBoston Spring, Boston, MA
Named by Boston Common magazine as one of 4 Artists to Watch at This Spring’s CraftBoston Event
Paradise City Arts Festival, Spring Northampton, MA
Named as one of four Spring Northampton Directors’ Picks artists by show curators
Portland Fine Crafts Show, Portland, ME
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY
Paradise City Arts Festival, Fall Northampton, MA
CraftWestport, Westport, CT
CraftBoston Holiday, Boston, MA
South Boston Holiday Market, Boston, MA
SoWa Winter Festival, Boston, MA
SoWa Open Market, Boston, MA
Missouri Western State University Clay Guild: Twin Cups National Ceramics Exhibition, St. Joseph, MO
222 Cabot Gallery Holiday Show, Beverly, MA