“Surface” DVD Progress


As some of you know, in May I spent about five days demonstrating in my studio for my first how-to dvd: Surface Decoration, Suede to Leatherhard.  I thought I’d let you know that I’ve seen the rough cut, and am pretty excited about it (especially after I got over the weirdness of watching myself).  Videos have as many steps as ceramics, so for this big first foray, it’s not surprising to report we are a bit off schedule.

This dvd will include techniques I use and some I enjoy but don’t currently incorporate in my own work. All are “suede” to leatherhard decoration techniques mostly using slip, including stamp-making and stamping, slip-trailing, sponging, paper resist, water-etching, sgraffito, mishima, carving and sprigging. My goal is to show techniques with which you may not be familiar, offer a new take on the traditional and generally excite interest in the potential of the ceramic surface.

Kristen KiefferI strongly feel that in-person instruction is best, and a video by anyone is no substitution for classroom interaction, workshop question-and-answer or one-on-one discussion. I know not everyone is able to take a workshop or class, and I realize that many of those who are able to attend one of my workshops may like a video to review some learned techniques.

I will continue to keep you all posted!

9 thoughts on ““Surface” DVD Progress

  1. Kristen:
    Thanks so much for taking your time to demonstrate all your wonderful tricks. I was fortunate to attend your workshop at MCC(PA) last spring, and it was the most educational, informative, friendly and fun workshop I’ve ever attended. Cudos to you.
    (Oh, and I lo-o-o-ve your stamped tumbler I bought for my collection)

  2. Wow! Thanks, Elena. I appreciate that. Face-to-face is the best way to learn. In the video, I tried to remember to speak to questions I usually receive while teaching. It was strange to demo “for the camera”. Glad you love your cup!

  3. Kristen, I was signed up for your workshop here in San Antonio at the Southwest School of Art and Craft–but my son was ill that weekend and I had to miss the whole class. I was very disappointed so I will look forward to having your DVD to make up for the missed class! Do put me on the mailing list when the DVD is ready.

  4. How exciting!!! As someone who hasn’t been able to make it to any of your workshops yet, this will be great!

  5. I have become one of your biggest fans after viewing your website for the first time a few days ago. Your work is absolutely beautiful!! I can’t say that I prefer the form over the extensive design that you shower on it, all I can say is that your work is absolutely beautiful. I will be first in line to purchase your new DVD! so please put me on your mailing list also. Thanks so much.

  6. I can’t wait!!! I am currently a student at New Hampshire Institute of Art and I will be doing my final report this semester on your work which has been a major source of inspiration for me over the years.



  7. Inspiring work, please notify me when you have your dvd ready.
    I look forward to learning how you make your beautiful work.

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