Workshops 2017

Kristen Kieffer stamped mug demo 2016

We are in the midst of blizzard season up here in Massachusetts, so the warmer weather of workshop season can’t come fast enough! Below is what I currently have booked to teach this year, so get your playtime scheduled:

I’ll be heading to the way western part of North Carolina to teach a five-day hands-on at Cullowee Mountain Arts in Sylva, June 26 – 30.

The next month I’ll be heading to Canada to teach a four-day hands-on workshop at the Rozynski Arts Center in Québec, July 27 – 30.

Then to the mid-Atlantic for a three-day demo alongside Michael Kline and Ben Carter at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland, September 8 -10.

And lastly (so far), I’ll be heading west to teach a two-day hands-on workshop at Belvedere Ceramic Arts in Pagosa Springs, CO, October 20-21.

All my workshops and most techniques are equally suitable for both throwers and hand-builders with basic skills required. Click the links above and contact the venues for pricing and availability. (Not all info may be available just yet, but you can let them know your interest.)

If I’m not coming where you’d like me to be, please do pass along the Workshops page of my website to your favorite venue as that’s frequently how they come about. As always on that page, you can see the full list of where I’ve taught in the past (scroll to bottom), more info on what’s offered, as well as new venues as they’re booked (like CA for 2018!). Hope to see you!

PS: If you just can’t make a workshop, I do have a DVD on Surface deco available right here.

Studio Cycles Pictorial 2016

Bud vase by Kristen Kieffer  Andrea Gill and Kristen Kieffer, Alfred, NY summer 2016Covered Jars by Kristen Kieffer  Compote in process and sketchbook drawing by Kristen KiefferPierced basket by Kristen Kieffer with Hannah doxie for scale  Tudor rose stamp in process by Kristen KiefferBisqueware mugs and cups by Kristen Kieffer ready to be glazed  Matching visitor at Michael Kline's studio sale, Cousins in Clay, 2016, NCKristen Kieffer Ceramics floral yunomi  Deco stamped mugs by Kristen KiefferJohn Glick and Kristen Kieffer and John's Cranbrook retrospective, MI June 2016  Pierced fruit basket by Kristen KiefferThrowing Deluxe Clover cups  Colorized stamped mugs in processStamped mugs by Kristen Kieffer  Kristen Kieffer Ceramics compote pedetal bowlKristen Kieffer Ceramics studio  Michael Kline and Kristen Kieffer stamp collabJohn Gill demonstrating at Alfred summer school, July 2016  Kristen Kieffer demonstrating at Alfred summer school, July 2016Bowl in process with slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco  Batter bowls in process by Kristen KiefferBud vase by Kristen Kieffer  Colorized stamped mug with honey bees by Kristen KiefferDotty Deluxe Clover cup and cake stand by Kristen Kieffer  Handled vase in Aqua by Kristen KiefferBud vases in process  Workshop demos by Kristen KiefferCupcake stand by Kristen Kieffer  Deco Deluxe Clover cup by Kristen Kieffer

This is my sixth, year-end roundup of in-progress and in-action images from my studio and of my pots, plus several from workshop adventures and other outtings. It’s fun for me to look back on the collection of images I’ve shared (lots of flowers!), and reflect on what’s continued from past years and what was new in 2016 for me as a maker. These are just a selection of favorites I posted throughout the year on my Facebook and Instagram. As with past years, it’s not an order, it’s a cycle.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my work and studio.
A happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!

Cup Family Portraits

Stamped mugs by Kristen Kieffer
I recently unloaded a kiln load of work that included bunches of handled cups and mugs with varying and new decoration, and decided to group them for pix, which immediately and delightfully felt like family portraits. I like the idea of capturing my current cup designs and glaze color palette at this arbitrary point in time. Meet my cup family!

Above are my Stamped mugs decorated with slip-trail and stamps I design and make. Because my ongoing goal is to make pots that are “ornately elegant for everyday,” I refer to these as mugs because it addresses their durability, utility, and size in one word. These are not Grandma’s teacups! This portrait also pictures two from my ongoing Colorized series (the blue flowers and dogwood blossoms) in which I completely fill two to four of the stamps with hand-brushed underglaze color creating lovely focal points. I explain more about my stamped cup making process as well as two-piece handle origin in this old blog post here.

Deco stamped mugs by Kristen Kieffer
Late this summer I began a new mug series combining my stamping with the inlay line work and polka dots I have been incorporating on other pots. The result feels very Art Deco, so I’ve been mentally referring to these as Deco Stamped mugs.

dotty-deluxe-clovers
The other style of handled drinking vessel I make is a Clover cup, which became Deluxe Clover cup when the decoration went from minimal slip-trail to lots of everything! I explain the full origin of this cup in a blog post from last year here. I refer to this as a cup vs. mug because the inward alteration makes the volume it holds less than my stamped mugs. Above are my Polka Dot Deluxe Clover cups.

super-stripes-deluxe
Polka dots led to stripes, and lots of stripes equals Super Stripes Deluxe Clover cups!

cutie-deluxe-clovers
Around this time last year, I began adding inlay lines (and this year, circles) to my slip-trail and underglaze deco which lead to these multi-layered cuties. And since that is exactly what I thought when I made them, I still refer to them as Cutie Deluxe Clover cups.

deco-deluxe-clover-cups
At the same time I started the Deco Stamped mugs, I started drawing similar arched line work into these cups too, and the Deco Deluxe Clover cups were born.

Kieffer Cup Family Portrait
So here’s the handled-cup family! This group shot illustrates most of the cup styles and the range of my current glaze and underglaze color palette. I’m in the midst of eliminating a couple colors (Cornflower blue and Violet) so that despite a wide range of designs, my colors relate to each other and feel collectively vibrant when viewed as a group… like in my online shop! Which is exactly where you can find all these lovely ladies right now.

Shop New Work Online, Dec 1 at 1

Kristen Kieffer Super Stripe Deluxe Clover Cups in Frost & Aqua  Kristen Kieffer Covered jar with pink
I’ve been sprinkling new pots into my online shop all November (like the cups and jar pictured above), and will have a bigger addition of pots next week, including stamped and Deluxe Clover cups, as well as a couple batter bowls (pictured in process below).

Shop New Work Online
Thurs, Dec 1st at 1 PM EST – Fri, Dec 16th at Noon*
KiefferCeramics on Etsy

I’m always working on something new with form and/or pattern, and try to keep my shop open year-round for your shopping and gifting needs. Everything is ready to ship and generally goes out within 1-3 business days. I also accept Etsy gift cards, so that’s a great way to suggest or give my work as well.

Wishing you and yours a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving. And as always, thank you for supporting elegant and handmade from my studio. ~KK

*Important note: Last day to purchase for Xmas Delivery is Noon, Dec 16th! My shop will remain open into the New Year, but no shipments will go out Dec 17-21.

Kristen Kieffer in process, super stripe Deluxe Clover cups  Kristen Kieffer in process Batter bowls

Holiday Studio Sale

Kieffer Ceramics Studio, Holiday Sale

I’m excited to invite my fellow New Englanders to swing by my studio for some good deals before the snow begins to fall here in north central Massachusetts. It’s a perfect opportunity to check out my studio and my hubby’s new and in-progress wood shop, and shop firsts for holiday gifts, as well as some rather wonderful ‘aesthetic’ and ‘minorly flawed’ seconds to save for yourself.

Kieffer Ceramics Studio Sale
Sat, Nov 5th  10 – 5 &
Sun, Nov 6th *11 – 4
*Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour!

We are just a couple miles from a local cheese shop and chocolatier, and about an hour or less each from Framingham, Northampton, and Worcester, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT. Visit my Events Page to read about the full details, including address, payment options, parking, and accessibility, or drop me an email if you have questions, KiefferCeramics@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting creativity and community
by buying and giving handmade.

Summer 2016: Glick, Gills, & Kline

I’ve neglected my blog here because I’ve had a BUSY summer as pictured below! In June, I flew to Michigan to attend mentor and friend John Glick’s retrospective ‘A Legacy In Clay’ at Cranbrook. In July, I taught a two-week workshop at Alfred University alongside my former professor and mentor John Gill. And then just two weeks ago, after spending a week teaching at Penland, I was a guest potter at Michael Kline’s Cousins In Clay studio sale! Check out my summer pictorial of mentors and heroes!

John Glick A Legacy in Clay retrospective at Cranbrook 2016  John Glick and Kristen Kieffer, 2016John Glick, Plum Tree Pottery, 2016  John Glick platter, Legacy retrospective, Cranbrook, 2016

Clockwise from top left: Dozens of pots at John’s retrospective ranging from his MFA show in 1962 to the most recent pots he completed in 2014. John and me photographed before his gallery talk by his wife Susie Symons. One of a dozen large platters (24″ diameter) at his retrospective. John figuratively bounding forward to his next adventure. 

John Glick’s ‘A Legacy in Clay‘ retrospective at the Cranbrook Art Museum included a sea of pots he self-collected over his 50+ year career as a studio potter. His use of glaze, color, layering, gesture, and mark-making is unparalleled. While he is now retired from working in clay, I’m delighted to share that he is continuing his style of surface decoration on wood furniture of his own creation. He is a living national treasure, and I’m so honored to have worked side-by-side with him (1996-97). You can read past blog posts about my mentorship and ergonomic lessons with John here, here, and here.

John Gill demonstrating, Alfred University Summer School, 2016  Kristen Kieffer demonstrating, Alfred University Summer School, 2016Ceramics collection storage at Alfred University  Chinese jar, T'ang Dynasty, The Eumorfopoulos CollectionAndrea Gill and Kristen Kieffer, 2016  Kristen Kieffer cake stand in use and part of the Gill's collection

Clockwise from top left: John Gill demonstrating. Me demonstrating at Alfred University. John Gill’s favorite pot in The Eumorfopoulos Collection books from the special collections room of the Scholes Library at Alfred: a Chinese jar, T’ang Dynasty. My cake stand in use at a summer gathering at the Gill’s, which is also in their collection. Andea Gill and me. Nigerian and Acoma pottery in the ceramics storage of Alfred’s Ceramic Art Museum. 

In July, I was one of five workshop presenters for the first two weeks of Summer School at Alfred University in NY which included John Gill with Visiting Artist In-Chin Lee; Kang-Hyo Lee; Chase Folsom with Visiting Artist Ashley Lyon; Steve Branfman with Visiting Artists Wayne Higby & Hongwei Li; and me. It was a huge honor to be invited to teach a workshop at one of the most renowned institutions for ceramic art in the U.S. to which I was also lucky enough to attend for my BFA (1993-95). So being able to work alongside my former professor John Gill and spend a little off-time with my other former professor (the only female mentor I’ve ever had!) Andrea Gill was a huge, mind-blowing treat.

Michael Kline, Cousins In Clay, 2016  Kristen Kieffer and Michael Kline stamp collaborationVisitor matching plaid Deluxe Clover cup by Kristen Kieffer, Cousins In Clay  Cousins In Clay 2016

Clockwise from top left: Michael Kline and his pottery during set up. A collaboration and demo of Michael’s and my stamps on a plate. Cousins In Clay in full swing. A little visitor who matched my plaid Deluxe Clover cup, right down to the layered slip-trail, perfectly.

In early September, I had the pleasure of being a guest ‘cousin’ at Michael Kline’s pottery during his annual Cousins In Clay studio sale in Bakersville, NC along with fellow potters Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson of Bulldog Pottery. All three are lovely people with equally awesome families, so we had a nice weekend with good conversations, laughs, and sales. Plus, Michael is one of my pottery crushes, so I got dibs on the ‘best’ piece there!

PS: I seem to be blogging less these days, so to keep the most up-to-date with all the goings-on in and around my studio, please subscribe to my enewsletter and follow me on Instagram and Facebook too. I’ll be posting about the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at Arrowmont next week in which I’m one of seventeen presenters, and soon about The Democratic Cup for which I am one of twenty-six contributing artists!