Delighted 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.
I’m adding this handful of fresh and springy pots to my online shop on Saturday, April 11th at Noon EST. So if you (like me here in northern MA) are more ready for color and flowers than April is offering, you can get some to enjoy year-round!
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!
Just a lil’ note that there are many lovelies (including all those pictured here) currently available in my online shop, and I will be adding only cups for December ~ a bountiful variety of stamped ones, yunomi, and tumblers just in time for the holidays! Stay tuned on my Facebook and Instagram for some posts about available new work, and better yet, ‘favorite’ my shop to see new pots at the top of your Etsy home feed. Thank you as always for supporting and gifting handmade & elegant from my studio!
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!
These and many more great goodies are in my online shop ready to ship, for gifters who want to share thoughtful, handmade craftsmanship, and giftees who want to receive ‘ornately elegant for everyday.’
Pots usually ship next day. Order before December 18th to insure Christmas arrival.
My shop will stay well-stocked through mid-January for those who receive Etsy Gift Cards or holiday spending money for post-Christmas shopping too.
Thank you for buying and giving from my studio
this season and throughout the year!
Details of my pots above: Deluxe clover cup, Small covered jar, Large plate,
Flower brick, Screen vase pair, & Wall pillow tile.
More flowers have been popping up on my work in the last couple of years. And why not? I love them! In the dead of a Massachusetts winter, I long for spring and summer, and daydream about those floriferous seasons by placing a little bit of them on my pots.
First row: Penstemon & Eupatorium, Knautia, and Sedum & Geranium.
Second row: Alchemilla, Allium bulgaricum, and Heuchera.
I am completely preoccupied with being outside during this time of year, specifically, with being in or sitting beside my flower garden. I wrote about my lovely distraction four years ago in this Perennial Influence post, which still perfectly articulates every sentiment I have for gardening, so I hope you’ll give it a read. A recent pic I posted to my Ceramics Page of my main perennial bed and the corresponding number of thumbs up seems to indicate a universal need and appreciation for beauty and diversion, so I thought I’d do an updated pictorial from garden.
First row: Dicentra & Lamium, Sedum, and Nepeta.
Second row: Spirea, Digitalis & Knautia, and Heuchera, Hosta & Fern.
I seem to think about my plantings very similarly to how I think about my pots: How do they look from farther away, as well as close up? What colors best compliment a grouping? What shapes and textures add to the whole? Which are heartbreakers not worth the effort, and which make me the most happy?
First row: Salvia, Lupine, and Geranium, Heuchera, & Red-twig dogwood.
Second row: Ilex, Hosta (Patriot), and Dicentra.
All images courtesy of my gardens.
Below are detail pix of pottery and sculpture faves that have hugs & kisses of flora.
First row: Michael Connelly, Matt Wedel, and McKenzie Smith.
Second row: Makoto Kagoshima, Baraby Barford, and Kurt Anderson
Third row: Michael Kline, Michael Sherrill, and Steve Colby.
Dots on my pots!
My recent work with dots: Screen vase pair, yunomis, flower vessel (Corset series), pitcher, small covered jars, small stamped bowls, and plate.
I started layering dots (and stripes, which will be a future blog post with more influences and faves) in early 2010. The added pattern came through self-critique and seeing a need to both visually pop the raised slip-trail patterns by providing small background color, as well as add some modern fun to the Victorian flavor of my work.
So the primary purpose for the polka dots was to further my love of layered surfaces for the pots, formally creating even more richness and depth. The dots punctuate the patterns.
A close secondary function for the dots has been to add some joyfulness; polka dots are rarely somber. Though I do receive some comments by folks who favorably see ‘Disney,’ I think my pots can appear more serious than I actually am or intend. In some ways, I’m still the five-year-old tomboy who hated my freckles (my own personal polka dots), deciding one summer day that, with the aid of my grape-smelling marker, they would be much better purple. So, the dots are a way to include my influences of sweets, for example, as well as infuse connotations of informality and playfulness.
You can check out all the dotty pots in my online shop here.
Polka dot influences below with more here:
.Pictured above from top right, first row: Peter Murdoch ‘Dot chair’ for kids; Dot window building in Beirut, Lebanon; and ‘Confetti’ tree skirt. Second row: Draga Mathilde sofa; and Yayoi Kusama concept store for Louis Vuitton. Third row: June Leaf organic canvas in Marine; Mod fashion; and vintage dress. Fourth row: White-grey ombre dot cake; paper straws; and slipper chair. Fifth row: Norma Kamali dress; Tattoo round rug by Deanna Comellini; and ‘Op-art Attracts’ wedge by ModCloth. Last row: Quilt in progress by Judy Martin and starfish.
The origin of the Polka Dot: It is believed that the name “polka dot” came from the Polish polka dance, and first appeared by name in 1854 in The Yale literary magazine. At the same time that the polka dance and music began in the mid 19th century, polka dots were popular and common on clothing. The pattern name was chosen simply because the dance gained such acclaim, which led to many contemporary products and fashions also taking the name. (There used to be “polka-hats” and “polka-jackets,” for example.) Most disappeared with the popularity of the actual polka dance in the late 1800s. Only the printed fabric pattern remained fashionable, and the name stuck.
Polka dot favorites of fellow studio potters and ceramic artists:
Pictured above from top right, first row: Andrew Martin, Brenda Quinn, and Malene Helbak. Second row: Kari Radasch and Jun Kaneko. Third row: Chiho Aono, Hans Tan Studio, and Ayumi Horie. Fourth row: Harrison McIntosh, Meredith Host, and Harumi Nakashima. Last row: Tetsuo Hirakawa, Betty Woodman, and Sean O’Connell.
Tis the season to ‘shop small,’ and I hope you will shop Kieffer Ceramics online not just because I’m a small business (of one), but because I make unique pottery that adds beauty to your life. My pots celebrate luxury for everyday with distinction.
Thank you for buying and giving quality handmade during the holidays
and in between. Shop Kieffer Ceramics online at my Pottery Shop on Etsy.