About Kristen

Kristen Kieffer in her Massachusetts studioI am a full-time studio potter, workshop presenter, and ceramics instructor working from my home studio in north central Massachusetts.

I was a kid in Louisville, KY, and went to high school and started college in Rockville, MD, where I lost my twang, had access to the Smithsonians, and began my pursuit of ceramics, receiving my Associates degree in Studio Arts majoring in Ceramics from Montgomery College, Rockville in 1993. I then went on to receive my BFA in Ceramics from the N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University in 1995.

From there I moved to Detroit where I worked as an Intern in the Greenfield Village Pottery at the Henry Ford Museum, followed by an Artist-In-Residence position at John Glick’s Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, MI. The next year, I moved to Gatlinburg, TN to be in Artist-In-Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.………..

Kieffer Toney homeI went to graduate school at Ohio University in Athens, OH from 1998-2001 where I received my MFA in Ceramics. I moved to Massachusetts the summer after graduating to be an Artist-In-Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts where I continue to teach adult community ceramics classes part-time. My studio is in our home northwest of Worcester where I live with my darlin’ hubby and our doxie Hannah, and do some summer gardening.

I have been a full-time studio potter since 2003, exhibit my work internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions, and teach workshops nationally at craft centers and universities. My work is in numerous private and public collections including the Taipei County Yingee Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, the Guldagergård Museum of International Ceramic Art in Skælskør, Denmark, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, TX.