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Isabelle Balabis: It Sits On Her Vainity

Presented by BasketShop Gallery and NCECA at Basketshop, Cincinnati OH

Mar 16 2023
Apr 30 2023
Isabelle Balabis: It Sits On Her Vainity

Opening Reception 6-10pm March 16, 2023

For NCECA’s 2023 convening in Cincinnati, Ohio, BasketShop presents Isabelle Balabis: It Sits On Her Vanity. Balabis, a second generation potter, will explore the notion of “current” in her work through reflections on lineage in craft, resilience and bodily experience through work in porcelain.

Balabis uses taboo and subversion through her object’s intended function to alter the personal experience of perception. Her porcelain sculptures tilt toward the alluring and perverse by exploring the relationship between body and object, a vessel’s form, and its functionality in space.

Utilizing her sense of internal and external bodily experience, Balabis creates a revealing world where expectations are directed into an idiosyncratic new logic and perception of the past, current and future. Using mirrors lined with porcelain figures, flowers and frames, she uses both the functional and aesthetic properties of the reflection to cast these perspectives.

Born in Philadelphia, Balabis received her BFA from University of the Arts Philadelphia in 2020 and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Sculpture in 2022. From 2018-19, she was a Windgate Fellowship Award Nominee, received the Haystack Art School Collaborative Award, The David Gibson Ceramics Award, Hompe Foundation Award, Standard Ceramic Supply Company Award and the Liz Stewart Special Award for Ceramics. She currently lives and works in New Jersey.



  • Mar 31, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Apr 1, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Apr 7, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Apr 8, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Apr 14, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 01:05 pm (Fri)
  • Apr 22, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Apr 28, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Apr 29, 2023 at 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)

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* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.



3105 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211

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