Studio Cycles Pictorial 2015

Kristen Kieffer Arabesque mod tumbler in action  Kristen Kieffer stamped mug with blue flowers in progressKristen Kieffer bowls in progress  Kristen Kieffer covered jar in progressKristen Kieffer glaze test tiles  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe clover cups Stripe Dot Floral in progressKristen Kieffer dessert plate and cup in action  Kristen Kieffer Arabesque mod tumblers in actionKristen Kieffer dogwood stamp and sketches  Kristen Kieffer dogwood yunomi with lady bug in progressKristen Kieffer standing to throw in home studio  Kristen Kieffer loaded kiln and empty ware shelvesKristen Kieffer sketch book of cups  Kristen Kieffer new glaze color, Buttercup YellowKristen Kieffer slip-trail detail on covered jar in progress  Kristen Kieffer pitcher in shadowKristen Kieffer Monarch butterfly stamp  Kristen Kieffer stamped cupcake mug in progressKristen Kieffer pierced fruit basket in progress  Kristen Kieffer stamped mug in actionKristen Kieffer stamped Rooster mug  Kristen Kieffer stamped mug with hedgehogKristen Kieffer stamps  Kristen Kieffer stamping mugs in home studioKristen Kieffer Super Stripe Deluxe Clover cups  Kristen Kieffer yunomi in black and redKristen Kieffer with workshop participants from View Art Center, Old Forge, NY  Kristen Kieffer wall pillows in progressKristen Kieffer teapots in progress  Kristen Kieffer fruit basket

This is my fifth, year-end roundup of in-progress and in-action images from my studio and of my pots, plus a workshop image for good measure. It’s fun for me to look back on the collection of images I’ve shared, and reflect on what’s continued from past years and what was new in 2015 for me as a maker (lots!). These are just a selection of favorites I posted throughout the year on my Facebook and Instagram. As with past years, it’s not an order, it’s a cycle.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my work and studio.
A happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!

Shop Ornately Elegant for Everyday

Kristen Kieffer Yunomi w. Lovebirds  Kristen Kieffer Egg cups and Caddy w. steel wireKristen Kieffer Lunch plate in Spring Green  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe clover cup Super Stripes

New work (including all pictured here) is rolling out in my online shop for holiday shopping and gifting! I’ve been adding five or so new pots weekly, so there is always something new and all one-of-a-kind. Be sure to ‘favorite’ my shop so you can see new items in the Home section of Your Etsy. I periodically share new additions to my Instagram and Facebook as well, but checking into my shop is the best way to see what’s new…and I’m always up to something new!

Everything ships in 1-3 days. Orders placed before December 18th should arrive by Christmas. I also accept Etsy gift cards, so that’s a great way to suggest or give my work this season as well. As always, my store will stay stocked with ongoing additions into January for post-holiday shopping too! Click on over right here: KiefferCeramics.

Kristen Kieffer Pitcher  Kristen Kieffer Stamped cup in VioletKristen Kieffer Deluxe clover cup Arabesque mod in Black  Kristen Kieffer Yunomi w. cherriesKristen Kieffer Yunomi in Frost w. Colorized floral  Kristen Kieffer Toast Letter rack w. steel wireKristen Kieffer Wall pillow tile in Cherry red and Ivory  Kristen Kieffer Covered jar in Frost w. tangerine polka dots

Thank you as always for shopping from my studio and
caring about independent business and handmade design.
I appreciate your support year-round!

Forms I at Schaller

Teapot by Kristen Kieffer  Covered jar by Kristen KiefferPitcher by Kristen Kieffer  Screen vase pair by Kristen Kieffer

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I’m delighted to be included in Schaller Gallery‘s online invitational exhibition Forms I. Thirteen makers from all over the country were each invited to send a teapot, jar, pitcher, and vase. (My grouping of four is pictured above.) It’s always wonderful to see how different potters approach the same form, and this show highlights those delightful variations. The show is live with all work for sale, so click on over right here.

Forms I Exhibition, Schaller Gallery

Polka Dot Origin, Influence, & Faves

Dots on my pots!

  Corset series vessel w. dots    
  

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:

    
  
    
    

Norma Kamali dressTattoo round rug by Deanna Comellini  
  

.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:

Andrew Martin  Brenda Quinn  Malene Helbak
Kari Radasch  Jun Kaneko polka dot sidewalk, Art Museum of South TX
Chiho Aono  Sandblasted process, Hans Tan Studio via Ateliér Keramiky  Ayumi Horie
Harrison McIntoshMeredith Host  Harumi NakashimaTetsuo Hirakawa  Betty Woodman  Sean O'Connell

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.

Luxury & Quality for Every Day

  
 

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.

Before, At & Around NCECA

I am working hard in my studio making new pots and vessels for a number of upcoming shows for next month, so want to let you know where you can see my work in March here in MA and in Philadelphia, surrounding cities and online for NCECA.  

In my own fair state of Massachusetts, I will have my booth and be selling at the Paradise City Arts Festival juried craft show in Marlborough (3/19 – 21).  On the instructional side, I begin a new six-week intermediate/advanced throwing class on 3/3, and I will be teaching a short workshop on marketing Saturday 3/27, both at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where I currently have work up in the Faculty exhibition.

I will be attending NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, 3/31 – 4/2) this year in Philadelphia since it’s a fairly short (5 1/2 hour) drive down and I am in a number of shows.  I’m excited to also be attending the Pre-Conference Making Through Living—Living Through Making: Studio Pottery in 2010 hosted by Michael Connelly and Alleghany Meadows at a community college just out of town.  They have a great line-up of potters to demonstrate as well as discussion panels.

If you are attending NCECA (or live in Philly), I hope you will cruise by some of these exhibitions that include my work.  I am honored to be in the Artaxis.org: An Evolving Independent Network of Artists exhibition (3/25 – 5/14 with an opening reception I hope to attend on 4/1)  which was juried by members of ArtAxis (a peer juried site as well) and will be in the Gladys Wagner Gallery at the Cheltenham Art Center. Pictured, Pear jar in progress.

I am actually honored to be in all these shows, and the Studio Pottery show (3/30 – 4/2) with the Ferrin Gallery at the main conference hotel is no exception.  I will have quite a few pieces for this exhibition (purchased pieces can be taken on the spot) which will be neighbor to Alleghany’s ArtStream.  Also at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is the La Mesa exhibition (3/31 – 4/3) hosted by Santa Fe Clay.  If you haven’t seen place settings by 150 invited potters, it is indeed something to behold! Also in Philly, but at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel, is the Strictly Functional—Then & Now exhibition with current work by potters who won awards in past Strictly Functional exhibitions (for me this was in 1997 by Val Cushing and 2000 by Ken Ferguson).  The Clay Studio will have some of my work too.  Pictured, stripe and dot plates in progress.

Concurrent with the conference but in other cities, I will also have work in Celebrating Ten Years: 2000 – 2010 (3/25 – 3/29) at the m. t. burton gallery in Surf City, NJ;  Made In Clay: Sustainable Sweets (3/25 – 4/29) exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC; Sumptuous Elegance (4/1 – 6/1) with the online Schaller Gallery, and the Yunomi Invitational (3/26 – July) at AKARPictured, lattice work view of a tall flower brick in progress.

More information about my upcoming exhibitions and workshops for 2010 is always on my Schedule page. Shwew!  I need to get to my studio!