K. Allison

In a Word

Artist Bio


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, carved, 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 and graduated 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 both film and 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.