Autumn Shop Update

    

New work newly listed!

I’ve been working on some new color combos, patterns, and details of late, which are included in today’s shop update of 25 new pots joining many other lovelies also available. Everything is one-of-a-kind and ready to ship. Thank you as always for buying and gifting from my studio!

Kieffer Ceramics Shop 
Please note: Pots purchased 9/25-29 will ship 10/1.
.

Hopkins & Kieffer at Harvard

Fellow ceramic artist and friend Bryan Hopkins (Buffalo, NY) and I (Baldwinville, MA) will be co-demonstrating at Harvard’s Ceramics Program Saturday, Sept 15th & Sunday, Sept 16th in Allston, MA!

Visiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins & Kristen Kieffer | The Textured Surface in Porcelain: “Join us for a master class in working with porcelain with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer. Both artists plan to explore a range of surface treatments while sharing stories and their experiences as contemporary ceramic artists. Both will provide visual presentations of their journey as artists and with their chosen techniques and use of porcelain clay bodies. Whether your work is functional or sculptural, this workshop will provide you with a chance to explore, experiment and learn. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the various techniques covered in the workshop and receive feedback from other participants and the workshop leaders.”

Go to the Office for the Arts at Harvard here for all the juicy details, and while you’re there, scroll to the bottom to sign up for their email updates about future workshops and lectures.

We hope to see you!

Pots for Spring


It seems spring may have finally sprung, inside AND outside my studio, and I have two springtime updates for you:

Shop Online

I’ve updated my online shop with dozens of new lovelies for buying and gifting. Shop for Mom’s Day thru noon, 5/7 to insure timely arrival. There are planters available for the first time in years, a variety of cups in all styles and colors, and much more.

Shop In Person

And for local New Englanders, my Spring Studio Sale here in north, central Massachusetts is Mother’s Day weekend! Shop gallery-quality pots, plus “aesthetic” and “minorly flawed” seconds. Early birds claim the best finds! For fun, you can RSVP here.

Sat, May 12th 10 – 5 &
Sun, May 13th 11 – 4
Baldwinville, MA

Purchasing:
Cash preferred; checks and credit cards accepted.

Directions:
Baldwinville is in Templeton, just west of Gardner and about 3 miles from Exit 21 off Route 2 near Route 68. We’re centrally located about an hour or less each from Framingham, Worcester, Northampton, and Shelburne Falls, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT. We do recommend using GoogleMaps or GPS for the best directions from your particular location.

Parking:
We live on a busy road, and there is no parking in front of our house. Parking is best in our driveway or on the opposite side of the street. Please be considerate of our neighbors.

Accessibility:
My studio is in a walkout basement, so entering the sale requires using stairs either outside or inside.

As always, thank you for supporting
and caring about independent business
and handmade design.

2nd Annual Studio Tour in Philly

I’m delighted to be returning as one of the participating potters for The Philadelphia Potters 2nd Annual Urban Studio Tour coming up soon! As you can see in the image above, the event is comprised of 15 fantastic potters at 3 nearby studio locations in Philly. We will all be present over the three days with lots of pots for sale. The Clay Studio will also be participating and has a couple pieces by each of us so you can see a sampling as well as mingle with the artists during our talks the Thurs eve prior. This is a must-attend event for any pottery lover in the mid-Atlantic!
.
Most every bit of info you could need is provided in the image above: who, where, and contact details. You can also follow The Philadelphia Potters on Facebook here and Instagram here, as well as see a map and more images on their website here. Hope to see you!

@NonClayPots

This past week I decided to start a new Instagram feed to share wonderful examples of past and present pottery that aren’t, well, actually pottery: @nonclaypots. It’s based on a board I started years ago on Pinterest with the same title because one of my main influences as a potter since my beginnings as a maker are vessels from various cultures and time periods that aren’t ceramic. While I love ceramic history and contemporary pottery, most of my influences are elsewhere. Additionally, I like the idea of infusing Instagram with a little inspiration apart from the pottery of others.

I frequently bookmark, share, and pin pots in other media and materials, even pots that aren’t really pots (furniture, topiary, architecture, for example), so thought I’d collect some of those influences in one spot to share for passive perusal. Plus I hope it will be a useful resource for fellow makers and instructors. I’m always recommending to students to not only look beyond contemporary ceramics for influence, but find inspiration outside of ceramics all together for cues on form, pattern, color, utility, etc.

This new feed also fulfills my love of research and documentation. I tend to round up pix and info already, so sharing it feels like the completion of an education circle.

So, I hope you’ll check out @nonclaypots! There’s not much there yet, and I don’t plan to post even daily, but am looking forward to sharing. Perhaps in the future I’ll even have guest “curators.”

I also wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout out and recommendation of other new Instagram feeds begun by some awesome and noble fellow potters to follow: Carole Epp’s @potteryispolitical; Roberto Lugo’s @our_villages_baby; and Ben Carter’s @historyofceramics.

Valenspringtine 2018

For the past three winters, I’ve given myself 4 – 6 weeks to delve into reds & pinks to pointedly escape the greys & whites of Dec/Jan in boonies, MA and leading towards a shop update with the mash up word I concocted combining Springtime & Valentines: Valenspringtine. I’m continuing my lil’ tradition this year with a handful of new trays, new berry bowls, mamezara (tiny plates), and Deluxe Clover cups. I’m pretty thrilled with all the newness and vibrancy!

Check out Valenspringtine 2018 in my online shop!
Note: Last day to purchase for Valentine’s Day delivery is Noon Thurs, Feb 8th.

PS: Not into pink & red?! I’ve got you! PLENTY of other colors available in my shop as well.