Standing to Throw & CM Spotlight

Kristen Kieffer Spotlight Ceramics Monthly Summer Working Potter issue 2015

Ceramics Monthly summer issue 2015 Steven Rolf coverThanks to Ceramics Monthly for posing a question to me for the Spotlight page of the summer issue on the Working Potter. It was interesting to reflect on the last 12 years (and in only 300 words!), which is when I declared myself a full-time studio potter. Cover potter Steve Rolf was a grad when I was an undergrad at Alfred (’93-95), and super helpful and supportive of my beginnings, making this extra special on thinking back and change. Thank you, CM!
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Thank you to my hubby for taking this much requested but never till now fulfilled shot for CM, which gives me another opportunity to discuss what’s pictured. I’ve been standing to throw for TWENTY years. I began in ’95 when I threw pots at Greenfield Village for a year, and then with a backrest like this designed after John Glick‘s in ’96 when I worked with him for a year. Standing saved my back. I can’t recommend enough for my fellow potters to check out these two articles John wrote for the Studio Potter journal: “To Sciatica and Back” (1987) and “Down the Spinal Canal” (2001). Everything from his backrest design I adopted to a ‘checklist for longevity’ is addressed in the former article. Both have excellent and thoughtful reflections on adapting to change for body health and are must reads! Thank you, John!

 

 

Graphic Clay & Electric Kiln Ceramics

Graphic Clay - Ceramic Surfaces & Printed Image Transfer Techniques by Jason Bige Burnett. Kristen Kieffer image p.59  Electric Kiln Ceramics - A Guide to Clays, Glazes, and Electric Kilns, Fourth Edition by Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic. Kristen Kieffer images pp. 70, 72 and 76

I’m delighted to have work in two new books, hot off the presses!

Fellow potter Jason Burnett wrote Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces & Printed Image Transfer Techniques. And professor and maker Frederick Bartolovic completely rewrote, revised, expanded, and updated Richard Zakin’s Electric Kiln Ceramics: A Guide to Clays, Glazes, and Electric Kilns for a Fourth Edition. Thanks for requesting my work, gentlemen!

Kristen Kieffer Stamped cup grouping
Kristen Kieffer Grouping, Cup to Corset

Kristen Kieffer yunomi

 

 

 

 

 

PS: You can check out other books and publications that include my work on my Press page.

Calibrating Color at Alfred

Kristen Kieffer small jar, VioletDelighted to have a piece in the Calibrating Color exhibition curated by Kate Doody and Brian Taylor —in conjunction with their new book GLAZE— at Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery. My jar is representing purple in this vibrant show for which each artist’s piece is predominantly one color of the rainbow. Click the postcard below for exhibiting artists and full details.

Calibrating Color Cohen Gallery show at Alfred University

NCECA Providence

I’m winding down a work cycle in my studio as pots are due soon for several shows at NCECA, the annual clay conference this year in Providence, RI. Some shows are already open, and others are only up the few days of the conference. If you live in New England, and/or are attending NCECA, I wanted to let you know where you can see and purchase my work.

At the Rhode Island Convention Center, the actual conference site, I’ll have numerous pots at the EXPO with 18 Hands Gallery (which does not require a pass, so is free), open Tues eve, March 24th thru Fri afternoon, March 27th. I’ll also have some pots in the new POW!: Pots on Wheels truck, which will be parked just outside the convention center.

Place setting NCECA

Just three blocks from the Convention Center, I’ll have a place setting (pictured) in Santa Fe Clay’s annual invitational La Mesa exhibition at the United Methodist Church, 134 Mathewson Street, Providence, Wed, March 25th thru early Sat, March 28th (though by Saturday, purchased pieces start to go to their owners).

Kristen Kieffer Teapot PeriwinkleAbout 5 miles from the Convention Center, I will have a teapot (pictured) and teapot-stamped cup in an exhibition called Apprenticelines, which celebrates mentors John Glick (1996-97 for me), Mark Shapiro, Mark Hewitt, Simon Levin, and Sylvie Granatelli, and their past assistants and apprentices. This exhibition is at The Pawtucket Armory Art Center, 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket, open Wed, March 25th thru Sat, March 28th. The opening reception is Fri, 6-9 PM.

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I also have work in three Massachusetts exhibitions, each about 35 miles from the Convention Center in different directions:

Kristen Kieffer Lattice vase

About an hour northeast of Providence, I have a vase (pictured) in The State of Clay: Pushing Boundaries exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA. This exhibition is open March 7 – May 24.

Kieffer Grande jar at New Bedford Art MuseumAbout 35 minutes southeast of Providence, I have a grande jar (pictured during the show’s install) in the In Residence exhibition, one of four concurrent shows celebrating the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, at the New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant St, New Bedford, MA (near UMass Dartmouth). This exhibition is open Jan 30 – April 3.

Lastly, about 50 minutes northwest of the conference, I have several larger pieces (one pictured below) in the Looking Back exhibition in the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester, which celebrates eleven of its past artists-in-residence (2001-03 for me). This exhibition is open March 12 – April 11.

Kristen Kieffer Tall flower brick

 

Fortify for CERF+

Kristen Kieffer cake stand  Kristen Kieffer flower brickKristen Kieffer stamped cup  Kristen Kieffer small jar

These are my pieces in FORTIFY, an in-store and online exhibition at Schaller Gallery to support the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Anthony Schaller is generously donating 20% of the gallery’s commission to support CERF+. The exhibition opened today for online purchasing and pots are going fast! FORTIFY: An Exhibition to support CERF+, Nov 20 – Dec 19, 2014.

CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. I know several potters who have been helped by CERF+. Thank you, Anthony!

FORTIFY for CERF+ poster, Schaller Gallery

Breakfast Special

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast settings for two and serving

My toast rack, egg cups & caddy, butter dish, and place settings for two
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Breakfast styled by me at our dining room table.

I received the invitation to participate in a show titled Breakfast (online and in Philly at The Clay Studio 11/7 – 1/4) in April from fellow potter Bryan Hopkins. Each potter was to make their interpretation of a toast rack, egg cups, butter dish or jam jar, plus two plates and cups. I immediately set to work on drawings, particularly of toast racks, knowing I wanted to use wire instead of clay for the dividers. (Indeed, I spent a three-hour flight to a workshop drawing toast racks!)

Kristen Kieffer sketchbook, toast rack drawings

My sketchbook drawings of toast rack ideas.

Kristen Kieffer Toast Rack II

Toast rack in Aqua, Drape-molded (from my design) and altered porcelain with carved,
slip-sponge, underglaze, slip-trail, and Mishima deco, cone 7 oxidation
with multiple glazes, and steel wire.

For the month of May, I was a Visiting Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and spent a chunk of my studio time developing the serving prototypes for this show, as well as making my egg cups and caddies, which I glaze-fired and completed at my home studio.

Kristen Kieffer Egg cups and Caddy

Egg cups & Caddy in Frost, Wheel-thrown, altered and built porcelain with carved, slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation with multiple glazes, and steel wire.

Kristen Kieffer Butter Dish, Periwinkle

Butter dish in Periwinkle, Hand-built porcelain with slip-sponge, underglaze, slip-trail,
and Mishima deco, cone 7 oxidation with multiple glazes.

I don’t often make sets, but do enjoy playing with what defines one. With the pieces for this show, I didn’t want all one glaze color (I used a color family of five), nor identical elements that “match.” Every piece has sky blue underglaze (the stripes and dots of ceramic color I brush on before the first firing because I want it to be layered under my slip-trailing); my swirled slip-sponge pattern (the subtle background texture); and my slip-trail dots and ‘leaf swirl’ pattern. While I played with variations of stripes and polka dots on each piece, as well as how I laid out my leaf swirl, they all share the same style and attention to detail that makes them feel related as a whole, yet able to be mixed and matched or stand strongly alone. (The Yellow Pear cup would just as easily pair with the Spring green plate, for example.)

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast setting yellow pear

Deluxe clover cup & Plate (medium) in Yellow Pear, Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain
with slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation.

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast setting green

Deluxe clover cup & Plate (medium) in Spring Green, Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain
with slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation.

Breakfast opens online and in Philly at The Clay Studio on Friday, November 7 and continues through January 4, 2015, and includes sets by Blair Clemo, Lindsay Oesteritter, Lisa Orr, Meredith Host, Roberto Lugo, Emily Schroeder Willis, and Bryan Hopkins as well as myself.

This was a quite a challenge for me with months of planning and testing yielding one-of-a-kind results. I’m delighted with the final pieces and hope you’ll check the show, in-person if you can, and online for all. Thank you for ‘egging’ me on, Bryan!

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast set (above)

First Place!

Kristen Kieffer-Grande Jar, Zanesville Prize First Place I Kristen Kieffer Grande Jar, Zanesville Prize First Place II

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 JarThere 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!

Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, 2014 exhibition

Glaze & American iPottery

Glaze-The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color by Brian Taylor and Kate Doody  American iPottery ebook by Kevin Hluch

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I’m delighted to have work included in two new books, one a hard cover and the other an eBook.

Fellow potters Brian Taylor and Kate Doody authored Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color. This book not only features glaze recipes and 450 color images, it also includes each “artist’s creative intention behind the glazes used” and technical descriptions of featured pieces. Glaze is available here.

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.

Kristen Kieffer, Interactive image 11.8, American iPottery ebook, p.392 Kristen Kieffer, Interactive image 11.9, American iPottery eBook, p. 394.

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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.

Potter of the Month

Jen Allen grey teapot  Kristen Kieffer Teapot Aqua

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!

Flora & Fauna at The Brinton

Kristen Kieffer Pillow tiles trio

Wall pillow tiles, Hand-built porcelain w. slip-sponge, slip-trail,
underglaze, and Mishima deco by Kristen Kieffer.

Flora & Fauna exhibition view

Exhibition view of Flora & Fauna at The Brinton, Big Horn, WY.

Flora Fauna Catalog The Brinton MuseumI’m thrilled to have six wall pillow tiles (three pictured above) included in the Flora & Fauna invitational exhibition at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY, curated by Elaine Olafson Henry the editor of Ceramics: Art and Perception and TECHNICAL magazines.

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.