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!

Shop the First Day of Summer!

Kristen Kieffer Bud vase Ivory Red Dot w. Navy  Kristen Kieffer Bud vase Aqua
Kristen Kieffer Handled vase in Frost w. tangerine detail  Kristen Kieffer Handled vase w. Dogwood blossoms

Spring and summer are my favorite times of the year: the warmth, the flowers, the birds and bees…the flowers. *happy sigh* It’s becoming a tradition for me to spend a few weeks in spring working on new designs and patterns with thoughts of summer and its delights. On the First Day of Summer, I’ll post a small selection of twenty-four summery pots adding to other new work already available in my online shop (including plaid cups!). The offerings include two sizes of brand new, handled vases in a variety of colors and patterns, as well as summer cups with pollinators (butterflies and a bat), birds, and blossoms…and cupcakes because I’m a July birthday!

First Day of Summer celebration: Mon, June 20th at Noon EDT thru
Fri, June 24th* 
in my online Etsy shop!

Important note: I try to keep my shop open and stocked year-round for your shopping and gifting needs, and usually ship in 1-3 days. Because I’ll be away teaching a two-week workshop, my shop will actually remain open, but pots purchased after June 24th won’t ship till July 11th.

Kristen Kieffer butterfly mug  Kristen Kieffer Quail yunomiKristen Kieffer Monarch yunomi  Kristen Kieffer Bat mugKristen Kieffer Bud vase Frost w. Sky blue  Kristen Kieffer Bud vase OceanKristen Kieffer cupcake mug  Kristen Kieffer Blue Butterfly yunomi

Happy Summer!


#KiefferCeramics by ramsaystudio  #KiefferCeramics by erincarpenterpottery

I make pots for use, so seeing my pots in the hands and homes of their owners is very rewarding. I recently created albums on both Instagram and Facebook to collect images customers and I have taken of my pots in use, like those pictured here.

For decades, catalog companies and home decor magazines have filled their pages with objects in the context of the home to illustrate how those objects would fit into customers’ lives. As a maker of decorated pots, which some don’t readily perceive as functional, sharing in use images highlighting my pottery’s actual craftsmanship and durability is both essential and enlightening. Ornately elegant for everyday!

If you own and enjoy my work, I’d love for you to participate in sharing those pots in use. On Instagram, tag me with @KiefferCeramics and your image with the hashtag #KiefferCeramics. On Facebook, tag Kristen Kieffer Ceramics in your image. You can also post an image to my online shop when you leave a review for me on Etsy. If you’re not on social media, no worries! Just email me at KiefferCeramics[at] with images you’d like to share. (Note the spelling of my names is both tricky and important!)

#KiefferCeramics by KiefferCeramics  #KiefferCeramics by paigekatharineceramics#KiefferCeramics by janicejakielski  #KiefferCeramics by kirsti_smith_ceramics#KiefferCeramics by megangulland  #KiefferCeramics by margiesearl#KiefferCeramics by jabetta1  #KiefferCeramics by KiefferCeramics 2#KiefferCeramics by Deana  #KiefferCeramics by arthurhalvorsen

Fellow studio potter Ayumi Horie began to collect and share her pots in use in 2005, and started the viral Instagram account Pots In Action (for which I’ve had the pleasure to guest host twice) popularizing the love of sharing handmade pots through great images. Ayumi even wrote an article for Design*Sponge providing a photography primer with tips on taking better pix. Big thanks to Ayumi for bringing action shots to the pottery community! I think I’ve become a better ‘visualizer’ through her efforts and support.

Another big thanks to all those who have already shared images! I cannot convey the delight this brings to me, thank you. I’m looking forward to seeing more!

Valenspringtine 2016

Kristen Kieffer Compote trioLast year, I posted six weeks of pottery investigation celebrating thoughts of Valentine color and springtime imagery into my online shop, an event I coined as Valenspringtine. It was so fun and successful, I decided to give it a go again this year, perhaps making it an annual post of my winter play. As with last year, this winter’s pursuits included new forays into surface deco, as well as form with Compotes (pedestaled serving bowls for fruits, nuts, and sweets), Cake & Cupcake Stands, new Deluxe Clover cups, and a couple other goodies totaling almost 30 pots.

Valenspringtine 2016 goes live Friday, January 29th
at Noon EST in my online Etsy shop!*

Happy Valenspringtine! 

Kristen Kieffer Cupcake and Cake stand  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe Clover Super Stripe Red w. TulipKristen Kieffer Deluxe Clover Cup Colorful Polka Dots  Kristen Kieffer Compote Pedestal bowlKristen Kieffer Stamped mugs Blue Flowers  Kristen Kieffer Cupcake stand in ButtercupKristen Kieffer Compote Pedestal Fruit Bowl  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe Clover Cup Black dots w. Tulips


*Helpful tips: If not already registered, set up an Etsy account to purchase. ‘In cart’ does not equal ‘in hand.’ First to complete their payment makes the nab. Refresh your browser to make sure you are seeing all that are listed and available. 

Shop Ornately Elegant for Everyday

Kristen Kieffer Yunomi w. Lovebirds  Kristen Kieffer Egg cups and Caddy w. steel wireKristen Kieffer Lunch plate in Spring Green  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe clover cup Super Stripes

New work (including all pictured here) is rolling out in my online shop for holiday shopping and gifting! I’ve been adding five or so new pots weekly, so there is always something new and all one-of-a-kind. Be sure to ‘favorite’ my shop so you can see new items in the Home section of Your Etsy. I periodically share new additions to my Instagram and Facebook as well, but checking into my shop is the best way to see what’s new…and I’m always up to something new!

Everything ships in 1-3 days. Orders placed before December 18th should arrive by Christmas. I also accept Etsy gift cards, so that’s a great way to suggest or give my work this season as well. As always, my store will stay stocked with ongoing additions into January for post-holiday shopping too! Click on over right here: KiefferCeramics.

Kristen Kieffer Pitcher  Kristen Kieffer Stamped cup in VioletKristen Kieffer Deluxe clover cup Arabesque mod in Black  Kristen Kieffer Yunomi w. cherriesKristen Kieffer Yunomi in Frost w. Colorized floral  Kristen Kieffer Toast Letter rack w. steel wireKristen Kieffer Wall pillow tile in Cherry red and Ivory  Kristen Kieffer Covered jar in Frost w. tangerine polka dots

Thank you as always for shopping from my studio and
caring about independent business and handmade design.
I appreciate your support year-round!

Holiday Studio Sale

Kristen Kieffer Ceramics

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

Kieffer Ceramics Studio Sale
Saturday, November 7th  10 – 5 &
Sunday, November 8th 11 – 4

We are just a couple miles from a local cheese shop and chocolatier, and about an hour each from Framingham, Northampton, and Worcester, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT. We live on a busy road, so parking is best in our driveway or on the opposite side of the street. Cash preferred, checks and credit cards accepted. Drop me an email if you have questions or would like more info,

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