Workshops

Spring/Summer 2014:
Three-day Hands-On Workshop with Kristen Kieffer
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, May 23 – 25, Memorial weekend, 2014

Three-Day Demo Workshop w. Kristen Kieffer, Adam Field, & Matt Long
Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mount Saint Francis, IN, June 12 – 14, 2014

Five-day Hands-On Workshop with Kristen Kieffer
Sugar Maples Center for the Arts, Catskills Mountains, NY, July 24 – 28, 2014

Scheduled for 2015:
Five-day Hands-on Workshop with Kristen Kieffer
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, July 19 – 24, 2015

    

Workshops can be customized for different venues: Art centers, Pottery studios, Guilds, Universities, and Colleges. Contact me for more information to book a workshop, scheduling, and fees.

Example description for a multi-day, hands-on workshop:
Altered & Ornamented
Our workshop will focus on altering wheel-thrown (or hand-built) forms a little and a lot.  We will then embellish those forms with an array of decoration techniques from stamping and slip-trailing to sponging and resists.  The result can be functional or sculptural, minimal or extravagant.  Demonstrations include throwing, altering and building off the wheel, darting, slip-decorating, stamp-making and stamping. We will discuss aesthetics and proportion, timing in clay, idea-generation, and progressing one’s own work with learned techniques.  You will leave the workshop with a collection of new skills and the confidence to play and draw from your own influences, as well as take home a grouping of bisqued stamps and pieces showing your explorations for the week.
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Workshops can be hands-on or lecture/demonstration only and typically include:

  • Slide presentation of Kristen’s work (past and current) plus influences
  • Demonstrations of various surface decoration techniques
  • Demonstrations of altering thrown forms and building
  • Discussions about timing, maintaining a sketch/idea book
    and idea-generation
  • Critiques and/or one-on-one discussions
    

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I have given workshops and lectures at the following
since 2002 with the most recent listed first:
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL
Cape Cod Potters, Cape Cod, MA
UMass Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA (2007 and 2013)
The Little Pottery Shop, Frederick, MD
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV (2006 and 2013)
NCECA, Houston, TX
Sonoran Desert Art Studios, Tucson, AZ
Roswell Museum & Art Center / Anderson Museum, Roswell, NM
Bracker’s Good Earth Clays, Lawrence, KS
Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, Hunter, NY
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN (2004 and 2011)
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ
MudFire, Decatur, GA
Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (2005 and 2010)
Porcelain II Conference, Potter’s Council, San Diego, CA
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN
Brooklyn Potters Guild, Brooklyn, NY
South County Art Association, Kingston, RI (2009 and 2010)
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Hartford Art School/University of Hartford, Hartford, CT (2002 and 2009)
The Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History, Jackson, MI
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Armory Art Center of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
New Hampshire Potter’s Guild/Hofstra University, Hampton, NH
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Mud Flat Studio, Somerville, MA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
FUSION: The Ontario Clay & Glass Association, Toronto
Potters and Pinetree Potters Guild, Toronto, Ontario
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
Union University, Jackson, TN
Hofstra University/Long Island Craft Guild, Hempstead, NY
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
Ceramic Supply Craft Education Center, Lodi, NJ
Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
Georgia State University, Atlanta,
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Napa Valley College, Napa Valley, CA

* Images courtesy of Dave Thomas, MCCC workshop in PA and Mike Kuhn, Ella Sharp Museum workshop in MI, 2009.