Firsts & Seconds

Kristen-Kieffer-Etsy-shop Kieffer Studio 2012

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My home Holiday Studio Sale here in Massachusetts is the first weekend in November (just a week away!), and is a wonderful opportunity for New England locals to purchase seconds, and new work for gifting. For the many who are too far to attend, there are wonderful new pots available now in my online shop, and I’ll continue to add new work through the New Year. Here are the facts:

Kristen-Kieffer-EtsyOnline Etsy Shop
Ongoing: New pots added weekly (almost daily!) with prompt shipping. Start shopping right here.

If your purchase is a gift, I am more than happy to ship directly to the recipient, and include a note that it is from you and any message you would like to convey, plus include care and process info and my latest postcard. (No invoice or receipt is included.)

Studio-Sale-signage-(spring)Holiday Studio Sale
Saturday, Nov 1st 10 – 5 &
Sunday, Nov 2nd 11* – 4 (* “Fall back” for Daylight Savings)
Full event details all right here.

Come by and sample some local cheeses, see where I make my work, and take home a new pot or two for gifts, and a couple seconds for yourself. Hope to see you!
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Thank you for supporting creativity, community,
and local by buying and giving handmade.

New Work, Studio & Online Sales

Kristen Kieffer fruit basketMy 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.

Online Etsy Adds
Beginning Tuesday, November 5th at Noon EST, I’ll begin rolling out new work with 20 new pieces, including pierced baskets, cups with new stamps, and Mishima plates.

Kristen Kieffer Gal skull cupKK Ocean MishimaKristen Kieffer flower basket

Thank you for supporting creativity and community
by buying and giving handmade this holiday season.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Guest

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail poster / flyer 2013

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.

Visit the AVPT page on Facebook for great studio pix, and the AVPT website for studio maps and more details. Come on out, New Englanders!

PS: My springtime sale at my home studio in Baldwinville, MA
is the following weekend, May 4th & 5th.

Studio Visit

 Bring some handmade elegance
home for the holidays!

Fall / Holiday Studio Sale
Saturday, November 3rd 10 – 5
 Sunday, November 4th *11 – 4
* Don’t forget to *fall back*
for Daylight Savings!

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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!

Autumn at Ayumi’s

The leaves are changing up here in the northeast, so it must be time for Ayumi Horie’s Studio Sale 2010!  I’m delighted to be the guest artist at her home studio in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9th and 10th, 10 -5 each day.  Visit her website homepage HERE for directions to plan your trip!

We hope you will make a weekend of it and bring your family and friends to leaf peep and pot shop for what will surely be a fun event on a beautiful autumn weekend.

Understandably, many of you are not actually in the northeast, but please feel free to post on Facebook, Tweet or blog this message to share with those you know in the area who appreciate pots.  Both Ayumi and I will be posting work for sale online in our respective stores after the event, so those of you who can’t make it get to shop too.

There are a handful of potters in our generation who have made great contributions to the field and community of ceramics in addition to being great makers, and Ayumi is one of them with her joyful pots and groundbreaking strategies connecting the importance of handmade to a new audience.

Come check us out the weekend after next!

Chicago! Chicago!

♫”…that toddlin’ town…” ♪

I’m on my way to Chicago!  Well, close.  This Wednesday and Thursday (9/22-23), I will be teaching a two-day workshop at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.
I will then be participating in the Fall Pottery Sale at Steven Hill’s gallery and studio, Center Street Clay, in Sandwich, IL on Saturday and Sunday (9/25-26).  I sent 45 pieces for this show including the lovely, large jar on the poster.  If you are even remotely in the region for either or both events, I’d love to see you!

At Ayumi Horie’s

Big news for your autumn planning!  I’m delighted to announce that I will be the guest artist at Ayumi Horie‘s Studio Sale 2010 in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9th and 10th. As I am a fan of both the potter and the pots, this invitation is an honor.

There are a handful of potters in our generation who have made great contributions to the field and community of ceramics in addition to being great makers, and Ayumi is one of them with her joyful pots and groundbreaking strategies connecting the importance of handmade to a new audience.  Over the years we have compared notes about the strange and interesting career that is being a studio potter, the gypsy life of teaching workshops, marketing to the unmarketable, the curiosities of community and communication, and the notion that when we were undergrads at Alfred in the early 90’s, we never dreamed how much time we would spend on a computer doing all of the above.

More details and info will be forthcoming, but for now mark up your calendar for that weekend to leaf peep and pot shop at Ayumi’s church-turned-studio in the country.  Between the two of us, there will be plenty of pots and dots!  It’s going to be a great weekend and we hope to see you.

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Pictured above: Rabbit cup and Fox plate by Ayumi Horie.

My Home to Your Home

KK Stamped cup groupingMy Holiday Studio Sale is coming up (10/24-25), the third since I’ve set up shop in our home. This is probably the most enjoyable and easily the most intimate way that I sell my work. A small number of people from our community drive to our home in the boonies, walk through our kitchen and down to my basement studio—trying not to bump their heads in the low-ceilinged, c. 1920 stairwell— to chat, snack on local cheeses and purchase my pots.

KKHouse_form_sm_blueOne couple arrives promptly at 10 am on Saturday every time to have first pick. Some ask questions, but many are very focused, shuffling through the shelves of work to gather their finds, eager to make sure no one will take from their cluster of chosen pieces while they go back for more.  From the next town over to two hours away (which could be any of five different states!), they come to my home to buy my work to take back to their homes or, equally exciting, to give to someone else for their home.  This both amazes and pleases me to no end.

KK_blbjarIIIn my Studio Sale flyer and email, I use a sentence adopted and adapted from a sign I placed in a street-facing window in my last studio, a rental space in an old factory building in Worcester (MA).  The original sign, Sponsor Creativity & Community — Support Your Local Artists, was intended to speak to the passers-by about our presence. The phrasing has since morphed into an expression of appreciation to those who venture out to my current studio and share their interest in my work with others:

Thank you for sponsoring creativity and community,
and supporting local artists by buying and giving handmade.

kk_yunomisI realize in this format, I am mostly preaching to the choir about buying and giving handmade.  But the importance of spreading the love for owning handmade is just that, important.  It’s a ripple effect.  Fellow MA potter, Arthur Halvorsen came up with a project called Operation C.U.P. (Citizens Using Pottery). His idea and goal is for buying-handmade supporters to give a handmade cup to a friend or family member who wouldn’t normally buy handmade, such a simple idea with only positive and potentially reverberating repercussions.

I hope to see some of you Saturday, October 24th 10Studio Full Shelves Vert-5, and Sunday, the 25th 11-4,  for my Holiday Studio Sale.  (You can begin your C.U.P. mission in my studio!)  Bring your friends, friends of friends and family.  Children are welcome, and can even be potential customers.  Last year, one seven-year-old promised her Mom that she [the little girl] would definitely drink her milk, even though she hated it, if the milk were in one of my little cordial cups with bunnies.  (A true-story sale.)  If you can’t make it, I hope you will let friends and family in New England know they can come to my home to Buy to give, elegant and handmade.  And everyone can buy here from me any time!

Spring Studio Sale at Kieffer Ceramics

kk_wire-flowerbrick-lightSpring has sprung here in MA —feels more like summer even— which means it’s pottery gifting season!

My Annual Spring Studio Show & Sale is May 16th and May 17th.  (Always the open weekend between Mother’s Day and Memorial weekends.)

Come by to check out some new work (pendants to pots), see my new studio space and shop for your spring and summer gifting needs.  Sample local cheeses while you peruse some outstanding discount pots too.

My home studio is located in north central Mass about an hour each from Manchester, NH; Brattleboro, VT; Putnam, CT; Woonsocket, RI; Northampton, Worcester and Boston, MA.

Contact me for information on times and directions.  We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for sponsoring creativity and community by supporting local artists, and buying and giving handmade.

Green to Bisque to Glaze

Ready to glazeThese images (shot Saturday) are a glimpse of my last steps in finishing some work, and specifically for my Studio Sale this weekend.

The first image shows how I set out bisqueware (pieces fired once already to a lower temperature) when I am ready to glaze. Each piece is sorted by the color it will be glazed. (I actually just unloaded this group from the glaze kiln this morning.)

Ready to bisqueThe second image shows work that is drying and waiting to be loaded into a bisque firing. (So I was glazing and bisquing simultaneously.) The bowls are a different color because they weren’t dry like the others. Some pieces are upside-down to aid in their drying faster and evenly. (This work was glazed yesterday and loaded into the kiln this evening, except for –very unfortunately– the screen vases. I just couldn’t fit everything!)
Backyard drying
I decided the bowls weren’t drying fast enough, and Saturday was so beautiful, I walked them out from my studio to our backyard to dry in the sun.

Kieffer L & L kilns Have I mentioned how much I love my L & L kilns and firing cone six (seven, really) electric?!

 

I have only had three Studio Sales prior, and while they have not been overrun with customers, they have been successful and very enjoyable. A completely different experience –for all– from a retail show. I enjoy having folks over to visit our home, and to see where I work everyday. I’m looking forward to this weekend, and hope to see you. Please contact me if you need times and directions.