A native of Memphis, TN, Kristal Maupin KoKinda received her BFA degree in ceramics in 2000 from Eastern Kentucky University. Kristal’s pottery business began with an order from Cracker Barrel Restaurants. When an offer for a space in downtown Richmond, KY came in 2000, Kristal set up her studio in the basement of the old Collins Building (built in 1891) where she operates Alley Cat Pottery.
At Alley Cat Pottery, Kristal makes a line of functional kitchen wares such as apple bakers, batter bowls, egg separators, and cream and sugar sets. She fires her work in an electric kiln and uses smooth oven proof and dishwasher safe glazes.
Kristal’s work can be found at Appalachian Fireside Gallery, Berea, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; David Appalachian Crafts, David, KY; Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY; Red Bird Mission Crafts, Beverly, KY; Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Kentucky State Parks; and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.