Raised near the rolling shores of Chesapeake Bay, Kristin’s perspective was strongly shaped by the visual clash of industry and nature in and around the bustling American port town of Baltimore. Descended from a long line of artists and craftsmen, Kristin has a family history in highly tactile expressions of creativity. Her grandfather was a furniture maker; her mother is a painter. Family influences in materials and craftsmanship helped fuel Kristin’s interest in textiles—both natural and synthetic textures and patterns. Kristin has traveled and studied extensively in Europe, Africa, and the United States where she honed her eye and trademark ability to create visual texture with a rich, adventurous color palette and expressive techniques.
Kristin’s ceramic work began as an escape. Once the exploration began, she quickly discovered the medium matched the constant vulnerability that surrounded her. Working with clay, especially porcelain (her material of choice), requires a great amount of patience and care to produce. At each step of the process there is the looming question, will it survive? Even when the piece is complete and strong from the kiln’s firings there is a sense of fragility to the artwork. The constant delicate aesthetic of ceramics reminds us that at all times things are not certain.
Q: HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORKING BETWEEN DIFFERENT MEDIUMS? DO YOU GRAVITATE TOWARDS ONE MORE THAN ANOTHER?
A: My ceramics practice is a methodical process. I repeat the same steps and I know the outcome. During my education in clay there was more invention and artistic play, but now it is based on learned skills and technique. There is serenity to my ceramic work. It is not as emotional. The flipside of that is my artwork is emotional...cathartic. My art is "an unstructured and open-ended form of work; that expresses emotions, feelings, and vision." I flow between these two practices when needed.
Q: WHAT DOES BEING AN ARTIST MEAN TO YOU?
A: An artist means devoting time to conceptualize creative work. "Artists are the individuals who have the desire and ability to envision, design, and fabricate the images, objects, and structures we all encounter, use, occupy, and enjoy every day of our lives."- Pamela Sachant
Q: DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR PALETTE TO WORK WITH?
A: I gravitate towards pinks and deep blue/greens. The sky and the ocean. My artwork is often colorful.