Kirsten Bassion received her MFA in Ceramics from The School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY in 2004. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelors from Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY in 1997 with a major in studio art. Kirsten has been a visiting artist at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, and Fundacion Josep Llorens Artigas in Barcelona, Spain.
Kirsten is the owner of The Clay School in Lynn, MA where since 2005 she has been running the school, making her own work, and teaching classes for both adults and children. The Clay School offers classes and work space to explore the wonderful, creative, and artistic side of ceramics.
Her work is shown in galleries throughout the country including the Fuller Craft Museum and AKAR Gallery. She has recently been included in the Exuberant Surfaces Show and the AMACO 100 Show at NCECA Minneapolis. She has been a judge for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts, the Marblehead Arts Association, and Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts NCECA Show. She was a guest lecturer for years at Skidmore College’s for the Artist Entrepreneurs program.
Kirsten’s work is made dark brown stoneware and fired to a mid-range (cone 6 = 2150°F) in an electric oxidation kiln. She primarily works on a potter’s wheel but also works hand-building.