Chris Baskin, Pottery, Portland Oregon.
I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Rome, Georgia. I have early memories of visiting the New York Worlds Fair. My first memory of clay however is seeing folk potter Jug Smith, in rural Alabama, running a potter’s wheel off of a tractor, and grinding local clay with a mule.
As a seminary student engaged in the study of World Religion, I worked as a production manager at the Sarah Frederick Pottery and began an important relationship with mentor Byron Temple. I received a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana, and from the Bray completed a Master of Fine Arts at Alfred University, New York.
Completing graduate school, I was instrumental in rebuilding a ceramics program at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York, and later helped to build the three chamber Noborigama kiln and residency program at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia.
My first job in academia was in the Artisanry department of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. I have taught at several colleges and universities including Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, and the University of Louisville. I currently live in Portland, Oregon, where I maintain a studio practice and this year am involved with local master gardeners.