Shelter In Place Pots

   

I want to sincerely bid each of you Stay Hale & Hearty! Whether you are hunkered down like me, or are one of the brave out there working hard to help the rest of us through this, I want to wish you and your family well.

I sent out a newsletter last week announcing an unexpected update to my online shop with new work that was intended for other events that have been canceled or moved online because of our collective need to shelter in place & maintain social distance. The same upheaval is true for most of my fellow self-employed artists making us doubly appreciative of your support right now. If you are able, purchasing & gifting are awesome ways to show support for an artist or small business. Support can also be sharing (shop updates, announcements, and news) to your own community network via email or on social media. Liking, commenting, and sharing on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter are also helpful because it boosts artists’ & small biz visibility.

So, a couple things:

1. New Work. Because I have work, but fewer venues than planned, I have added bunches of new cups & a few new vases to my online store. Some pots pictured here have sold, but there’s lots to peruse. AND it’s actually the most diverse range of styles, colors, and patterns of cups I’ve ever made!

2. Mark downs. For the first time and because of this strange time, I’ve marked down some older work in a couple categories (serving, wall pillows, & plates) in my online shop. Normally discounted work only appears at my studio sale for in-person purchasing, but I’ve canceled that event as I’m all in for safety, plus this —if ever– seems like a nice time to offer a small, special opportunity to all of you for your ongoing support. 

Reminder, if your order costs less to pack & ship, I happily reimburse overages.

3. Requests. I plan to keep working as I’m fortunate to have a home studio, but because literally most everything has been canceled or postponed thru June, have time for requests! So! If you’ve seen something in my online shop or sold section and would like something similar, the same item in a different color(s) in my palette, or in multiples, etc. please drop me an email with image(s) and preferences so I can consider your request. It will still probably take 2-3 months to complete. (Payment process: Once we confirm our expectations, I send a PayPal invoice for a non-refundable deposit that goes towards the final purchase. When your piece is complete, I send an image and another invoice for the remainder. Request pots ship promptly after payment, and cannot be returned for refund.)

BTW, I’ve been posting more in my Stories on IG & FB than in the regular feeds lately (accessed at the top of each platform, or by clicking my image/logo there), so check there for updates & good stuff too.

Finally: A note on packaging & safety. As I mentioned & many of you know, my studio is in our home where both my husband & I have been sheltering in place. We are avid 20 second+ hand-washers with regular soap and water (some folks have allergies to hand-sanitizers & anti-bacterial soap, so those are not in use), and have been in contact with no one who is under the weather nor tested positive for COVID-19. If you are concerned when you receive your purchase, you can wait an extra period to open and/or wash your new piece, recycle the packaging, and promptly wash your hands (all of which I’d recommend anyway). All this to say, I’m only shipping awesome pots in each box.

Thank you for your interest & support!
Be well, & stay home if you can.

Valenspringtine 2020

   

Treat your sweet self or special sweetie! For the past five winters, I’ve given myself a month to delve into Valentine & springtime colors to escape the winter greys culminating in a Valenspringtine shop update. I always try to come up with a couple new forms in addition to new patterns on familiar favorites, and this year is no different.

For the first time in over 15 years, I made cup & saucer sets! They’re extra special in rarity & elaboration. I also made some fun, dessert-themed pillow forms —Petit Fours & Bonbons!— lovely for the wall or perched anywhere. They may be pint-sized, but they too are special and more elaborate than ever. And just like all great sweet things, hard to have only one! I’ll be posting almost 40 new pots, including Deluxe Cup & Saucer Sets, Deluxe Clover cups, Yunomi, & Wall/ tabletop Pillows. Pictured is just a sampling!

I posted earlier in the month that the sale would be Monday, but have moved it to Friday because of a change in my travel schedule, AND because shopping on Friday seems much more fun!

As I did with my last shop update, there will be a preview that begins in advance so you can peruse & plan. NOTE: During the Preview, the work will be labeled Sold Out till the sale goes live when everything will become available. (Refresh your device at noon.) There is lots of lovely work that is currently available too if you can’t wait!

Preview: Thurs, 1/30 @ Noon Est
Valenspringtine shop update: Fri, 1/31 @ Noon

Kieffer Ceramics Shop

Please note: Last day to purchase for Valentine’s Day delivery is no later than Noon, Mon, 2/10.

As always, thank you for supporting and buying
handmade and elegant from my studio!

Studio Cycles Pictorial 2019

   

This is my ninth, year-end roundup of favorite and meaningful images featuring new ideas, important moments, and my pottery journeys. It’s always interesting for me to look back on the collection of images I’ve shared over the course of a year, and reflect on what continues to excite me and what was new in 2019 for me as a maker. Some of these were shared on Facebook and Instagram, but others you haven’t seen. My June post about how Pottery Saved My Life was indeed one of the most liked and commented on ever. If you missed it, you can read it here. As with past years, this is 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!

Winter Blues

New season newness! My colors & patterns are influenced by what’s going on outside more than probably anything else. I love autumn, but since living in boonies MA, for me its splendor heralds a parade of the impending cold & short days of winter. I embraced the seasonal shift in the last six weeks with some new patterns paired with the moodier side of my color palette. (Very soon I’ll be ALL about the pinks & reds to celebrate Valenspringtine though!) Taking on winter one month at a time for my latest shop update of cups, square dishes, and berry bowls for the holidays.

Winter Blues shop update
Mon, Dec 12/2 @ Noon EST.

 

I’ve uploaded all the new work to my new store —KiefferCeramics.shopwhich is listed as Sold Out for you to Preview till the sale goes live at Noon on Monday when it will then all be available. There is lots of lovely work that is currently available too if you can’t wait. Please note, the last day to purchase for Christmas delivery (U.S.) is no later than 9 AM Friday, 12/20.

As always, thank you for supporting and buying
handmade and elegant from my studio!

Valenspringtine is here!

Treat your sweet self or special sweetie! For the past four winters, I’ve given myself +/-4 weeks to delve into reds, pinks, and florals to escape the winter greys and fill them with dreams of Springtime + Valentines culminating with a shop update, which includes new forms and new patterns as well as some familiar favorites. You (as a subscriber to my latest blog posts like this) and my newsletter members are getting a head start (you can also sign up for my infrequent newsletter here to stay more directly in the loop and receive my “faves”!) on the upwards of 50 new Valenspringtine pots, including Deluxe Clover cups, Colorized mugs, covered jars, square servers, trays, wall pillows, yunomi, & more!

Valenspringtine goes LIVE TODAY, Noon EST, 1/27 for YOU.
For everyone else, Mon, 5 PM, 1/28.

Kieffer Ceramics Shop

Please note: Last day to purchase for Valentine’s Day delivery is no later than Noon, Mon, 2/11. And because of a Pottery Invitational the first weekend in March, some remaining work will be traveling with me and removed from my shop, so chose your favorite(s) before 2/23!

As always, thank you for supporting and buying
handmade and elegant from my studio!

Studio Cycles Pictorial 2018

This is my eighth, year-end roundup of favorite and meaningful images featuring new work, important moments, and pottery adventures. It’s always interesting for me to look back on the collection of images I’ve shared over the course of a year, and reflect on what continues to excite me and what was new in 2018 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!