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

Director’s Award

Kieffer Corset Flower Vessel

I’m delighted to share that my Flower vessel, (Corset series) w. Leaves received the Director’s Award in this year’s Fifth Annual Beyond the Brickyard exhibition at the Archie Bray foundation juried by Andrea Gill. This wonderful exhibition opens both ONLINE and in Helena, MT this Saturday, February 2 – April 6. The exhibition will go live Saturday night 2/2 at 6 PM MST right here. I’m so appreciative of this double honor. Thank you, Andrea Gill and Bray Director Steven Lee!

Beyond the Brickyard

Museum Purchase

Flower vessel (Corset series), Lilac pattern

I’m so thrilled to share that this large (18″ h) piece of mine, which was juried into the 19th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio (who also awarded it a Merit Award), has been purchased by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in TX for their permanent collection! Very much a delightful, triple honor. This is the third museum to purchase my work for its collection. The other two are the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN.