Grande Covered Jar (Allium pattern), Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain with slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation. 16″ h x 8″ w x 8″ d
I’m THRILLED to share that I received First Place in the first Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics for this Grande Jar! There were over 1400 submissions competing for the $30K total in prize money with only 97 works chosen for the exhibition held at Seiler’s Gallery in Zanesville, OH. Big huge thank yous to jurors Brad Schwieger, Sherman Hall, and Angelica Pozo, and the Muskingum County Community Foundation for this great honor. I am Over The Moon!
The new addition to each my ‘pollinator’ and ‘colorized’ series is here: the honey bee! I made just three (Yellow Pear, Frost, and Spring Green) this round, and will post them in my online Etsy shop at 9 AM EST on Saturday (9/27).
The bee is the latest addition to my collection of stamps I design and make (accompanied by a flower and honeycomb stamp too on the Frost cup). I hand-brushed one on each side, which brings a focal point as well as dreamy dissolve to the cup pattern as a whole. I’ll write more about each series soon, but suffice to say –in my Victorian modern style– I am celebrating the incredible honey bee as an important part of our ecosystem with an additional nod to the Egyptian belief in them as a symbol for royalty.
Some images of my pots recently posted on Instagram and Facebook to share and celebrate new work available in my online shop ~ some, exclusively! I delight in trying to convey the influence, habitat, and/or detail (the lovely little enticing bits) of my pots in one square frame. I consistently add new, one-of-a-kind pots to my shop almost weekly, so fresh work is always available for you to have or give. Connect with me on the social medias, but check my Etsy shop (‘favorite’ it too) regularly for what’s new, and thanks as always for your support.
Professor, potter, and author Kevin Hluch spent the last two years creating the comprehensive and exceptionally unique American iPottery. This eBook is a survey of 256 potters (plus their statements, bios, and web links), and includes over 3000 pots, 57 of which are rotatable, 3D images, including my covered jar. (It’s truly amazing to flip a pot around on your iPad screen with your finger, and see every angle, including the foot!) Kevin also authored The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, 2001, the analog precursor to his new ‘eTome’ of over 800 wonderful pages. Download iPottery right here.
. Thank you, Brian, Kate, and Kevin, and congratulations!
PS: You can check out other books and publications that include my work on my Press page.
I’m excited to share new work with you! I’m posting a couple new pots each day in my online Etsy shop for your collection (or present-purchasing if you can part with the pot!), like these four yunomi, which are the first of several lovelies already available. I’m sharing pix on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds, though do visit my shop directly to see what’s new.
These yunomi continue to be one of my favorite forms to make. Despite the smaller size, I’m able to festoon each with layers of ornamentation and joyful imagery that enhance its use, a feast for the eyes and hand. There are a lot of new patterns and layers here, from hand-brushed yellow nana halves to Mishima rays of sun amidst the clouds dancing above the balloons. Each of these and the others to come are one-of-a-kind: thrown, decorated, and even photographed by me, just for you.
Teapot left by Jen Allen, wheel-thrown and altered porcelain, cone 10 reduction. Teapot right by me, wheel-thrown and altered porcelain, cone 7 oxidation.
I’m happy to be fellow potter Jen Allen’s Potter of the Month for June on her blog! Jen makes lovely pots, and we have a lot in common as makers, both in approach and influences. I hope you’ll check out my responses to her thoughtful questions, and then check out her wonderful work. Thank you, Jen!
The exhibition is up from June 15 – September, 2014, and has an accompanying catalog (cover pictured left). The full lineup of the twenty participating artists is listed here, and includes Susan Beiner, Joe Bova, Kim Dickey, Julia Galloway, Rain Harris, Susan Harris, Gail Kendall, Ron Meyers, and more. A truly stellar line-up of which I’m delighted to be a part.
I’m delighted to have a vase pictured and my work discussed alongside several admired makers in fellow potter Shana Salaff‘s thoughtful article “Relating Pattern to Form” in the May/June 2014 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. Shana did a lovely job summarizing my own intentions in uniting form and pattern:
Kristen Kieffer’s work, with its pattern-as-texture shares this kind of feeling–the surface and the form feel completely connected. Kieffer uses a stamping technique to apply the main textured pattern, and this changes the form as well as decorates it. The pattern functions to create differing surface depths in the which the glaze will pool and provide different levels of intensity of color, while simultaneously referring to both lace and metalwork. In the interior of the vase, one sees Kieffer’s fingerprints, and we are reminded that a real person’s hand made these marks in a specific time and place. These traces bring the vessel to life.
I hope you can pick up a copy of the magazine and check out the whole article as it’s a very good read, especially given that the relationship between form and pattern is a major part of my deliberations as a maker. Thank you, Shana!
Pictured above: Teapots (11″ h x 11″ l x 5″ d) and cups stamped w. teapots (4″ h x 6″ l x 4.5″ d), wheel-thrown, stamped, and altered porcelain w. underglaze and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation by Kristen Kieffer.
Spring is closer than when I posted Fresh & Springy in February, but it doesn’t come easy in MA. The new springy and tea-related work pictured here is mostly destined for shows: a teapot off to Cedar Creek Gallery in NC for their annual National Teapot IX invitational exhibition; tumblers (for G & Ts) to m. t. burton gallery in NJ for Top Shelf: Pottery for Spirits, Wine, & Beer exhibition; vases each to The Clay Studio in Philly for Vases for Spring, and Lill Street Gallery in Chicago for Art & the Urban Garden exhibition. And the rest will be sprinkled around galleries, workshops, and my online shop (like a couple of those teapot-stamped cups pictured above), which will re-open at the end of May. As always, you can see where my work and I will be next on my Schedule page.
Pictured above: Tumblers (5.5″ h x 3.5″ d), Screen vase pairs (13″ h x 4″ w x 3″ d), Stamped vases (8″ h x 5″ d), and Cake stand (5″ h x 11″ d). Screen vases are hand-built, everything else is wheel-thrown w. various deco by Kristen Kieffer.
Fellow potter Ben Carter has a wonderful podcast, Tales of the Red Clay Rambler featuring studio potters and “culture makers” from around the world, that I love and listen to regularly. This past February, while we were all together for the Florida Heat Surface workshop symposium, he invited studio potters Julia Galloway, Michael Kline, and me to sit down and discuss for the podcast some of the individual and group conversations we had been having about pottery trends, design, copying, imagery, and how social media impacts all of those as well as our studio lives.
I admit it’s hard to talk with a microphone so close to your mouth you could lick it and knowing your words are being recorded to be replayed by hundreds, but it was neat to listen back because that was such a fun week together. This conversation could have gone on for hours, there’s so much more to say and add. Thank you to Ben for being such a great host with tough questions, and Michael and Julia for the fast-paced and smart exchange.