Stephanie Basralian is an artist residing in the Washington, D.C. area whose work is a quest to reveal the elemental forces within living organisms. 

She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she was awarded the Faculty Award for creativity and scholastic achievement. She then earned her certification in Art Education from the School of Visual Arts, and has taught elementary art for six years in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C., where she was a Finalist in the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards for Arts Teaching. Her teaching career was bifurcated by a seven-year career as an independent prop stylist in New York City.  

Stephanie’s deeply interpersonal (and often intense) career drew her to one of nature’s most basic and robust materials – clay.  

Her ability to mount work in sculptural forms enabled her to add dimension to her previous work in photography, printmaking, papermaking, and figure drawing.   Her interest in clay quickened during her years as a prop stylist spent creating compositions for photography in major magazines including InStyle, The Oprah Magazine, Parenting, Real Simple, and cookbooks by Lake Isle Press.  The time she spent curating table settings, soft-styling clothing, and creating interiors drew her more deeply into the tactile, malleable and humanistic possibilities of clay.  

Stephanie found her way into classes at Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. where – rather than creating the tableware that she had imagined for her prop-styling work – she developed two large scale coil-built clay sculptures that set the body of work, Corporeal Branches, in motion. Since then, her sculptures have revealed the ways that living forms stir with life, motivating a series of handmade bowls, trays and other functional work enkindled by wood-firing at Baltimore Clayworks. 

Her sculptures received the juror’s award for “Best in Show” in ceramics as part of the Corcoran College of Art + Design Emerging Artists exhibit in the Smithsonian Craft Show of 2009 at the National Building Museum.  Her work has been exhibited in group shows in New York City, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

For inquiries and requests
please contact:
Using Format