Workshop Season Begins

Kristen Kieffer workshop demonstration Kristen Kieffer workshop demonstration

I returned from NCECA and Pittsburgh late last night (3.22) and was greeted by a cd of images (100s I might add) of the workshop I taught at the Armory in FL two weeks ago. Some of the more serious images are already posted on my Workshops page. (Thanks so much, Dianne!) I thought the pics above illustrated the finer points: 1. we laugh a lot (especially me apparently), 2. we work hard, 3. men do take my workshops, and 4. the workshops are always great, but ending the preceding days with a casual and quiet time with participants and host is good too (the beach in March is a bonus).
Workshops are about learning new techniques, and hopefully, ways of thinking to apply to ones own work. I recently wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for Studio Potter where I wrote my evolving perspective–with insights and foibles–of teaching two and five-day workshops.

I have scheduled quite a few workshops beginning next month through the fall. The weekend after next (4.3-6), I will go to the U.P. (That’s the Upper Peninsula for you folks not acquainted with the far north of MI.) to spend some time with Jane Shellenbarger‘s students at Northern Michigan University. The following weekend (4.13), I will participate in Extravagance and Drama, a day of lectures and demos with Harvard’s Ceramics Program which also includes Nicole Peters and Gala Sorkina.

Then, after hopefully having my own respite for experimentation in the Artists-Invite-Artists Residency at Watershed hosted by Bryan Hively in June, the workshop-per-month schedule begins. In July, I will be in San Antonio, TX at the Southwest School of Art (7.18-20, over my 36th birthday, making it a doubly fun workshop weekend). August will be at Greenwich House Pottery (8.1-3) in New York City. In September, I travel to IL to teach at Terra Incognito Studios’ (9.26-28) LaGrange location outside of Chicago. October is the last, but good as the first, at Baltimore Clayworks (10.4-5) in MD.

I receive a lot of queries about where I will be teaching next. If the above workshops are too far from home, or don’t click with your schedule, do pass along this website address to your local or favored workshop venue so they can contact me for details and scheduling. (I have already begun for 2009.)