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!)
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!
The leaves are changing up here in the northeast, so it must be time for Ayumi Horie’s Studio Sale 2010! I’m delighted to be the guest artist at her home studio in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9th and 10th, 10 -5 each day. Visit her website homepage HERE for directions to plan your trip!
We hope you will make a weekend of it and bring your family and friends to leaf peep and pot shop for what will surely be a fun event on a beautiful autumn weekend.
Understandably, many of you are not actually in the northeast, but please feel free to post on Facebook, Tweet or blog this message to share with those you know in the area who appreciate pots. Both Ayumi and I will be posting work for sale online in our respective stores after the event, so those of you who can’t make it get to shop too.
There are a handful of potters in our generation who have made great contributions to the field and community of ceramics in addition to being great makers, and Ayumi is one of them with her joyful pots and groundbreaking strategies connecting the importance of handmade to a new audience.
Big news for your autumn planning! I’m delighted to announce that I will be the guest artist at Ayumi Horie‘sStudio Sale 2010 in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9th and 10th. As I am a fan of both the potter and the pots, this invitation is an honor.
There are a handful of potters in our generation who have made great contributions to the field and community of ceramics in addition to being great makers, and Ayumi is one of them with her joyful pots and groundbreaking strategies connecting the importance of handmade to a new audience. Over the years we have compared notes about the strange and interesting career that is being a studio potter, the gypsy life of teaching workshops, marketing to the unmarketable, the curiosities of community and communication, and the notion that when we were undergrads at Alfred in the early 90’s, we never dreamed how much time we would spend on a computer doing all of the above.
More details and info will be forthcoming, but for now mark up your calendar for that weekend to leaf peep and pot shop at Ayumi’s church-turned-studio in the country. Between the two of us, there will be plenty of pots and dots! It’s going to be a great weekend and we hope to see you.
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Pictured above: Rabbit cup and Fox plate by Ayumi Horie.