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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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!

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#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]gmail.com 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

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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

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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!