Hopkins & Kieffer at Harvard

Fellow ceramic artist and friend Bryan Hopkins (Buffalo, NY) and I (Baldwinville, MA) will be co-demonstrating at Harvard’s Ceramics Program Saturday, Sept 15th & Sunday, Sept 16th in Allston, MA!

Visiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins & Kristen Kieffer | The Textured Surface in Porcelain: “Join us for a master class in working with porcelain with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer. Both artists plan to explore a range of surface treatments while sharing stories and their experiences as contemporary ceramic artists. Both will provide visual presentations of their journey as artists and with their chosen techniques and use of porcelain clay bodies. Whether your work is functional or sculptural, this workshop will provide you with a chance to explore, experiment and learn. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the various techniques covered in the workshop and receive feedback from other participants and the workshop leaders.”

Go to the Office for the Arts at Harvard here for all the juicy details, and while you’re there, scroll to the bottom to sign up for their email updates about future workshops and lectures.

We hope to see you!

Workshops 2018

Below is what I currently have booked for teaching this year, so get your playtime scheduled! There’s potential for another venue to be added, so you can sign up for my enewsletter to be notified.

I’m pretty excited to be heading to Pomona, CA to teach a two-day demonstration at The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), April 14th & 15th.

In June, I’ll be heading to Gatlinburg, TN to teach a five-day hands-on workshop (my fourth!) at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, June 11 – 15.

Then I’ll be heading to Canada to teach a three-day hands-on workshop over the Canada Day holiday weekend at the Rozynski Arts Center in Québec, June 30th – July 2nd.

In September, I’ll be close to home and doing my first workshop in years here in MA at the inimitable Harvard Ceramics Studio with friend and fellow potter Bryan Hopkins in Allston, Sept 15th & 16th.

All my workshops and most techniques are equally suitable for both throwers and hand-builders with basic skills required for hands-on gigs. Click the links above and contact the venues directly for pricing and availability. (Not all info will be available just yet, but you can let them know your interest and get added to their email list.)

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. You can also sign up for my enewsletter to have updated events sent to your inbox. Hope to see you!

PS: If you just can’t make a workshop, my DVD on Surface deco is another option and available right here.

Breakfast Special

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast settings for two and serving

My toast rack, egg cups & caddy, butter dish, and place settings for two
for
Breakfast styled by me at our dining room table.

I received the invitation to participate in a show titled Breakfast (online and in Philly at The Clay Studio 11/7 – 1/4) in April from fellow potter Bryan Hopkins. Each potter was to make their interpretation of a toast rack, egg cups, butter dish or jam jar, plus two plates and cups. I immediately set to work on drawings, particularly of toast racks, knowing I wanted to use wire instead of clay for the dividers. (Indeed, I spent a three-hour flight to a workshop drawing toast racks!)

Kristen Kieffer sketchbook, toast rack drawings

My sketchbook drawings of toast rack ideas.

Kristen Kieffer Toast Rack II

Toast rack in Aqua, Drape-molded (from my design) and altered porcelain with carved,
slip-sponge, underglaze, slip-trail, and Mishima deco, cone 7 oxidation
with multiple glazes, and steel wire.

For the month of May, I was a Visiting Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and spent a chunk of my studio time developing the serving prototypes for this show, as well as making my egg cups and caddies, which I glaze-fired and completed at my home studio.

Kristen Kieffer Egg cups and Caddy

Egg cups & Caddy in Frost, Wheel-thrown, altered and built porcelain with carved, slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation with multiple glazes, and steel wire.

Kristen Kieffer Butter Dish, Periwinkle

Butter dish in Periwinkle, Hand-built porcelain with slip-sponge, underglaze, slip-trail,
and Mishima deco, cone 7 oxidation with multiple glazes.

I don’t often make sets, but do enjoy playing with what defines one. With the pieces for this show, I didn’t want all one glaze color (I used a color family of five), nor identical elements that “match.” Every piece has sky blue underglaze (the stripes and dots of ceramic color I brush on before the first firing because I want it to be layered under my slip-trailing); my swirled slip-sponge pattern (the subtle background texture); and my slip-trail dots and ‘leaf swirl’ pattern. While I played with variations of stripes and polka dots on each piece, as well as how I laid out my leaf swirl, they all share the same style and attention to detail that makes them feel related as a whole, yet able to be mixed and matched or stand strongly alone. (The Yellow Pear cup would just as easily pair with the Spring green plate, for example.)

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast setting yellow pear

Deluxe clover cup & Plate (medium) in Yellow Pear, Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain
with slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation.

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast setting green

Deluxe clover cup & Plate (medium) in Spring Green, Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain
with slip-sponge, underglaze, and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation.

Breakfast opens online and in Philly at The Clay Studio on Friday, November 7 and continues through January 4, 2015, and includes sets by Blair Clemo, Lindsay Oesteritter, Lisa Orr, Meredith Host, Roberto Lugo, Emily Schroeder Willis, and Bryan Hopkins as well as myself.

This was a quite a challenge for me with months of planning and testing yielding one-of-a-kind results. I’m delighted with the final pieces and hope you’ll check the show, in-person if you can, and online for all. Thank you for ‘egging’ me on, Bryan!

Kristen Kieffer Breakfast set (above)