I’ve joined! You can connect with me on Instagram at KiefferCeramics where I’ll mostly be posting pix of new work, adds to my shop, and my studio, but as you can see above, doxie Hannah will be featured as well as our digs. Basically, images from my day, which is mostly our home, or my studio, which is in our home.
My home Holiday Studio Sale here in Massachusetts is this weekend, and for the many of you who are too far to attend, I’ll be promptly posting new work in my online shop just after. Here are the facts:
Holiday Studio Sale
Saturday, November 2nd 10 – 5 &
Sunday, November 3rd 11 – 4
Full details are right here.
Thank you for supporting creativity and community
by buying and giving handmade this holiday season.
I like to think my cake stands aren’t just for cake. While I love cake (mmmm, cake), I like mentioning that cake stands work beautifully for general display in about every room in the home. Pictures do speak better than words, so I shot four of my display stands in four different vignettes in our own home to illustrate their wide-ranging function. Clockwise from top left: for jewelry and bobble boxes on the dresser, dressing table, or vanity in the bedroom; for toiletries and makeup in the bathroom; for a centerpiece, condiment catch-all on the dining table or kitchen; or for plants on a shelf or desk in the living room or office.
It’s fun to offer a stage for our treasured collections or highlight the things we love or use everyday. We think of using a cake stand for celebration, but why not celebrate the everyday? And when not being used daily in every other room, absolutely, put a cake on it!
Start your own celebration with a stand
available in my online shop right here.
Artist Janice Jakielski makes amazing (and tall) cakes for her stand!
I will be a guest artist at this year’s Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, a self-guided driving tour of clay studios in central-western Massachusetts (the northern I-91 corridor). This year there will be eight guests in addition to the nine potters who will welcome visitors to their studios. My pots and I will be guesting at Francine Ozereko’s studio in Pelham, MA.
9th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
April 27 & 28, 2013
10 am – 5 pm
2013′s roster of potters includes: Hayne Bayless and Sam Taylor at Tom White’s studio; Lucy Fagella; Stephen Earp; Todd Wahlstrom at Mary Barringer’s studio; Dan Bellow at Molly Cantor’s studio; Mara Superior at Donna McGee’s studio; Kaleidoscope Pottery at James Guggina’s studio; Adero Willard at Tiffany Hilton’s studio; and me at Francine’s studio.
PS: My springtime sale at my home studio in Baldwinville, MA
is the following weekend, May 4th & 5th.
These are my five, springtime yunomi for AKAR Design‘s Annual Yunomi Invitational, an online only exhibition. This year, 206 potters were invited to send five cups each, so this show will have over 1000 yunomi (a Japanese cup with no handle that is taller than wide with a trimmed foot, and used for daily, informal tea drinking) in a wide range of styles. Each of my yunomi are wheel-thrown, stamped, trimmed, slip-sponged, underglaze detailed, and slip-trailed, yielding an elegant, tactile, and spring-y cup for joyful use.
This is an excellent show and the cups sell fast, so create your account, and be ready ONLINE at 10 AM CST Friday, April 19th right here!
The 2013 Pottery Invitational Show & Sale at the Worcester Center for Crafts (where I teach adult classes) is April 5th – 7th, 2013. I’m so pleased to be a part of this great two and a half day exhibition and sale that was curated by fellow potters Hayne Bayless and Hannah Niswonger. The show comprises a fantastic group of twenty-one studio potters from New England who will be standing side-by-side with their work as well as demonstrating for the weekend (including me), making this an exceptional event! Visit the link to read all about events within the event, details, and times here.
Artists include Hayne Bayless, Dan Bellow, Molly Cantor, Autumn Cipala, Arthur Halvorsen, Robbie Heidinger, Jody Johnstone, Martina Lantin, Michael McCarthy, Hiroshi Nakayama, Hannah Niswonger, Kiara Matos, Tom O’Malley, Francine Ozereko, Rob Sieminski, Brian Taylor, Sam Taylor, Holly Walker, Tom White, Adero Willard, and myself. It’s a must attend event for my fellow New Englanders!
Pictured: Ceramics Monthly ad with pots by Bede and myself.
47th NCECA Conference, March 20-23, 2013
George R. Brown Convention Center ~ Houston, TX
Demonstrating Artists: Bede Clarke, Gerit Grimm,
Kristen Kieffer, and Walter McConnell
Bede Clarke and I are onstage Thursday, 9-noon and Friday, 1-4; Gerit Grimm and Walter McConnell are Th afternoon and Fri morn. The whole NCECA 2013 schedule and details are available right here. Come cheer me on!
Fall / Holiday Studio Sale
Saturday, November 3rd 10 – 5
Sunday, November 4th *11 – 4
* Don’t forget to *fall back*
for Daylight Savings!
My show and sale includes gallery-quality pottery as well as “aesthetic” and “minorly flawed” seconds. Early birds claim the best finds, so arrive early and bring friends!
Cash preferred or checks ONLY.
It doesn’t get much better than visiting an artist in their creative space to buy something you love (to look at and use), which in turn shows support for the artist, your community, and handmade. I open up my studio and our home twice a year (early November and mid-May) for my modest studio sales. I’m always so appreciative that dedicated folks make the effort to visit, peruse the shelves, and find a couple prizes for themselves, family, or friends before heading out to the cheese shop down the road. It’s a lovely exchange.
The beautiful yellows and golds that were still on the trees Sunday, are now on the ground from Storm Sandy, but it’s still a pretty drive our way. We are located in Templeton, MA, about an hour from Framingham, Northampton, and Worcester, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT. Nothing in New England is terribly far away.
Sale info is also available on my Facebook events page, and you can drop me an email if you have questions, KiefferCeramics@gmail.com. We’d love to see you!
I admit it. I am slightly addicted to Facebook. And that’s just personally; I’m highly addicted professionally. Indeed I joined Facebook to create my Professional page (now over 3000 fans!), but as a self-employed artist working from home, I have been truly delighted to reconnect with old friends, follow peers’ careers, and keep up with politics, technology, arts, and fun through all the pages I like. Until this past summer that is. *Dun, Dun, Duuuuuun!*
The messages and articles (two good ones here and here) about Facebook’s new ‘bait n’ switch’ visibility policy are now making their way around the interwebs, as well as on Facebook itself (which you’ll understand is ironic in a minute). Basically, as fans of pages, we are only seeing some (possibly none) of the posts of the people, businesses, artists, and more that we clicked “Like” to follow. As someone who is trying to post content for fans, I am only reaching about 15% of the 3000 folks who like my page. In summary, now that FB has shareholders they need to ramp up their income, so in an unannounced move as far back as May, they began to limit what we all see in our newsfeeds in an effort to push pages to ‘pay to promote’ their content. To be even more clear: you can’t always see what you want to see on Facebook, and I and other people who post content can’t always show you what you want to see on FB…but there’s a fix.
For the pages you like and want to keep up with on Facebook, you can create Interest Lists. It takes maybe a minute, so it’s fast and you’ll be able to check in EASILY on all the content for your favorite pages, and even friends. I did this about three months ago when I noticed I wasn’t seeing all, or any, content from the pages I enjoy, and can now just easily click my interest lists to review and don’t miss anything. Here’s how to create yours:
Go to a FB page like Kieffer Ceramics, and click the ‘gear’ icon in the upper right, which pulls down an option menu, then click ‘Add to Interest Lists’ (image 1). Next, click ‘+New List’ (image 2). If you’ve already created a list(s), they’ll be filed here for you to easily add to.
The page you want to add to your new list will be highlighted with a check mark, then click ‘Next’ (image 3). Now you can name your list (I chose ‘Fave Pages’) and decide who can see your lists (I chose ‘Only Me’) (image 4). And you’re done!
So now you can go through and do this with all your favorite pages and friends who’s posts you don’t want to miss. You will find your Interest Lists as you’ve named them at the top left of your FB newsfeed home page under ‘Interests’ (image 5). As you get more savvy, you can move, re-name, and add to your lists (image 6 are all categories of interests lists I’ve created which house pages and friends I love).
I’m sharing this guide and info as both a FB page ‘poster’ and page ‘liker.’ I want to SEE posts for the pages I ‘like,’ as well as have folks who LIKE my page see what I post. I understand (though don’t agree) with FB’s reasoning to “cause a problem and then market the fix.” But since most people are unaware of the change, they are also unaware they are missing content they wanted to see by liking a page in the first place! I hope this helps and that you will share this info with your friends and fans…and because FB limits what’s seen, it’s helpful to post elsewhere than just FB (the irony I mentioned earlier), like Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, etc.
FB has become my and many artists’ primary point of contact with our fan base to announce new work, events, promotions, plus fun news, so I hope you will create your Lists as a way to continue your much-appreciated support and to follow what you enjoy.
When I was a kid, Grease was the word, but as a studio potter, Cup is definitely the word. It’s the form I make the most. It’s an object everyone uses. It’s useful, necessary, and ‘daily’ as well as personal, intimate, and homey. Tis the season for cups shows, and here’s some great venues where you can catch mine:
I have three yunomis in the Vessels for Tea invitational (10/8-28)
at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO.
Three handled cups in the Handle with Care invitational (11/2 – 12/8)
at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM.
Three yunomis and two cocktail cups in the Source Material: An Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup invitational (11/3 – 12/31) at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC and online.
Five handled cups in the Cup: The Intimate Object VIII (11/3 – 12/1)
at Charlie Cummings Gallery online.
Six handled cups in The Cup Show (12/6 – 12/24)
at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA.
In addition to these exhibitions, ten of my handled cups are participating in an event on November 8th sponsored by The Clay Studio in which 500 handmade cups (10 by 50 potters) will be handed to unsuspecting citizens of Philadelphia in exchange for their coffee shop paper cups. This event, the Guerilla Mug Assault, was made possible through a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant, and allowed for all the participating potters to be paid for their contribution in support of such a great cause, to connect a potential new audience to the beauty of handmade pots.
I also donated twelve handled cups in support of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Cup of the Month fundraiser along with eleven other potters. I have attended two wonderful Artist-Invite-Artist residences at Watershed, so am pleased to be able to give back in some way…and twelve thoughtful supporters will receive twelve handmade mugs each month during 2013!
Lastly and as always, there are a bunch of special, gallery-quality cups (stamped, clover, cocktail, tumblers, and yunomis) in my online Etsy shop, and if you live even remotely near north, central Massachusetts, you can shop them in person at my upcoming Fall / Holiday Studio Sale November 3rd & 4th.