Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Kirsten Olson was born in 1982 and grew up in Newburgh, New York. She was raised in a historical home surrounded by antiquities. The home had a stream that ran along the boarder of the property where Kirsten spent much of her youth playing.
Kirsten always had a strong interest in art, her passion for ceramics started when she entered the three-year ceramics program offered at her high school, Newburgh Free Academy.
A strong interest in ceramics lead her to attend Alfred University’s New York State School of Ceramics for her undergraduate studies. While at Alfred Kirsten studied mainly ceramics but also explored metalsmithing, stonework, and neon and glass art. During the summer of her junior year Kirsten did an internship in Jonathan Kaplan’s Ceramic Design Group.
Currently she is teaching art in Wappingers Central School District and finishing up a Masters in Studio Art from SUNY New Paltz. Kirsten has been developing a body of interactive ceramic work that floats in water.
Recently Kirsten work has been in group shows at G.A.S. Visual Arts and Performing Space and Barrett Clay Works.