In the Details

One does a whole painting for one peach
and people think just the opposite —that particular peach is but a detail.

~ Pablo Picasso, (Spanish Artist and Painter, 1881-1973)


A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
~ John Foster Dulles, (American US Republican Secretary of State (1953-59).

This is all brand new work unloaded just last week!  Some have already sold, others are in boxes in or on their way to Philadelphia awaiting installation in exhibitions for NCECA, and still more will be packed up today for a drive down to Philly for another conference exhibition.  (Details on all next week’s conference shows are on my Schedule page here.)


We think in generalities, but we live in detail. ~ Alfred North Whitehead (British Mathematician and Philosopher, 1861-1947)

So, this is a teaser post, a glimpse of form and detail.  I wanted to share some new work with you to show the underglaze dots and stripes I’ve been working with and mentioned here, but am saving the full reveal for those of you who will be able to get to some shows in person at NCECA next week.  Consider this an enticement (whether you are able to attend Philly or not), to seek out ArtAxis, La Mesa and the Studio Pottery Invitational in Philly, or check back here in early April for more pics in their entirety, and pieces to purchase at my online store.


Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
~ Helen Hayes, (American stage and film Actress, 1900-1993)

Before, At & Around NCECA

I am working hard in my studio making new pots and vessels for a number of upcoming shows for next month, so want to let you know where you can see my work in March here in MA and in Philadelphia, surrounding cities and online for NCECA.  

In my own fair state of Massachusetts, I will have my booth and be selling at the Paradise City Arts Festival juried craft show in Marlborough (3/19 – 21).  On the instructional side, I begin a new six-week intermediate/advanced throwing class on 3/3, and I will be teaching a short workshop on marketing Saturday 3/27, both at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where I currently have work up in the Faculty exhibition.

I will be attending NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, 3/31 – 4/2) this year in Philadelphia since it’s a fairly short (5 1/2 hour) drive down and I am in a number of shows.  I’m excited to also be attending the Pre-Conference Making Through Living—Living Through Making: Studio Pottery in 2010 hosted by Michael Connelly and Alleghany Meadows at a community college just out of town.  They have a great line-up of potters to demonstrate as well as discussion panels.

If you are attending NCECA (or live in Philly), I hope you will cruise by some of these exhibitions that include my work.  I am honored to be in the An Evolving Independent Network of Artists exhibition (3/25 – 5/14 with an opening reception I hope to attend on 4/1)  which was juried by members of ArtAxis (a peer juried site as well) and will be in the Gladys Wagner Gallery at the Cheltenham Art Center. Pictured, Pear jar in progress.

I am actually honored to be in all these shows, and the Studio Pottery show (3/30 – 4/2) with the Ferrin Gallery at the main conference hotel is no exception.  I will have quite a few pieces for this exhibition (purchased pieces can be taken on the spot) which will be neighbor to Alleghany’s ArtStream.  Also at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is the La Mesa exhibition (3/31 – 4/3) hosted by Santa Fe Clay.  If you haven’t seen place settings by 150 invited potters, it is indeed something to behold! Also in Philly, but at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel, is the Strictly Functional—Then & Now exhibition with current work by potters who won awards in past Strictly Functional exhibitions (for me this was in 1997 by Val Cushing and 2000 by Ken Ferguson).  The Clay Studio will have some of my work too.  Pictured, stripe and dot plates in progress.

Concurrent with the conference but in other cities, I will also have work in Celebrating Ten Years: 2000 – 2010 (3/25 – 3/29) at the m. t. burton gallery in Surf City, NJ;  Made In Clay: Sustainable Sweets (3/25 – 4/29) exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC; Sumptuous Elegance (4/1 – 6/1) with the online Schaller Gallery, and the Yunomi Invitational (3/26 – July) at AKARPictured, lattice work view of a tall flower brick in progress.

More information about my upcoming exhibitions and workshops for 2010 is always on my Schedule page. Shwew!  I need to get to my studio!

Coming Up This Season

I have just spent a delightful three days attending the Handbuilt conference in Philadelphia with Sandi Pierantozzi, Hayne Bayless, Lisa Naples and Holly Walker, with a special appearance by Bill Daily. I hope to post some pictures and thoughts before too long. In the meantime, I thought I would post my workshop and exhibition schedule through the rest of 2009:

kk-screen-trio-wflowersIn my own fair state of Massachusetts, I will be exhibiting at the Ferrin Gallery’s Studio Pottery Invitational in Pittsfield (10/3 – 11/6), selling at the Paradise City juried craft show in Northampton (10/10 – 12), and opening my home for a holiday studio show and sale in Templeton (10/24 & 25).  Also in New England, my last workshop for the season is on Surface Deco at the South County Art Association in Kingston, RI (10/17 – 18).

Holiday-time exhibitions include the Think Outside the Box Invitational at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC (10/2 – 11/8); Adornment Adored (jewelry) at Baltimore Clayworks (10/3 – 11/6); Gifts for the Hand at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE (11/6 – 12/23); and the Adorned Invitational at the Meredith Gallery also in Baltimore, MD (12/3 – 2/27); in addition to having work at my usual galleries: KKFlower_vessel_groupIIINorthern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO, Red Lodge Clay Center in MT, Greenwich House Pottery in NYC, Lill Street Studios in Chicago and The Clay Studio in Philly.

As always:  You can shop my Online Store for new work posted regularly now and through the holiday season!  And find my complete and updated show and workshop schedule (already into 2010) on my Schedule page.

Baskets In Progress & Upcoming

Kristen_Kieffer_Wire_Baskets KK_Wire_basket_I

This is just a quick blog post to show some recently finished (leatherhard) wire baskets, and let you know what’s coming up in my schedule. First, the Small Wire Flower Baskets. These little pieces (7-8″h) were thrown on the potter’s wheel, altered, stamped, built and finally, finished with slip-trailing and sponging accents and of course, the wire. I will post the finished (glaze-fired) pieces in a couple of weeks. I see these as small variations on the Wire Flower Brick I began making in 2005 (image in last post and some explanation of Kanthal wire on my Process page).  I imagine them to also be used for flowers; small, informal bouquets maybe from your garden.

And now, my schedule:
Kristen_Kieffer_JarsI posted a couple more pots to my Etsy store.  These will be the last adds for a few weeks.  I hope you will consider buying handmade for upcoming gifting needs.  (Dads like my pots too, hint, hint.)


LillStreetThis week is the end of a short making cycle specifically for new work to send to both Red Star Studios and Northern Clay Center for a July show and gallery feature, respectively.  This week is also the opening of the 4 x 4: Twenty Women, 100 Pots show at Lill Street.  This should be an outstanding show with an amazing range of pots to behold.  Thank you to my fellow OU alum Lorna Meaden for the invitation!

For the month of July, I will be teaching a Monday afternoon class at Harvard University’s Ceramics Program.  The class is getting full, so if you have interest, sign up now, and I hope to see you.

Details for all of these events are on my Schedule page.

Lastly, just a reminder that you can still receive two postcards from me (details here), and a recommendation to become a FaceBook fan of Kieffer Ceramics.  Because I can post a quick sentence, the fans are the first to enjoy new images and updates.

Upcoming ’09 Exhibitions & Workshops

My Show & Workshop schedule thru early Spring ’09.  The pots pictured below for the shows at Santa Fe Clay, the Bray, the Ohio Craft Museum and NCECA will actually be in those exhibitions.
kristen_kieffer_screen_w_flowersFlora Exhibition Invitational with Megan Bogonovich, Kim Dickey, Maria Dondero, Molly Hatch, Tim Ludwig & me at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM thru January 17.  (Each artist is exhibiting approximately 15-20 pieces in a range of sizes and price points; for me: cups to corset.)

kristen_kieffer_flowerbrickBeyond the Brickyard exhibition juried by Patti Warashina at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana January 31 – March 15.


kk-teapot-lt-blueThe Infinite Teapot at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, OH 2/1 – 3/29; and Teapots: Functional, Formal and Narrative curated by Susan O’Brien and Margaret Bohls at the U. of Wisconsin Foster Gallery in Eau Claire, WI 2/26 – 3/29.

Kristen Kieffer workshop demonstrationWorkshop with me presented by the Jackson Pottery & Clay Guild at The Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History in Jackson, MI March 13 – 15.


kristen_kieffer_pear-jar_iNCECA 2009 Clay National Biennial Exhibition juried by Ceramic artists Chris Staley and Jeanne Quinn, and AMOCA Director Christy Johnson at Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in Phoenix, AZ March 22 – May 23.

kk-stamped-cups-blue-2-iParadise City Arts Festival, a juried retail craft show in Marlborough, MA March 20 – 22.


kk-yunomis-frost-iYunomi Invitational at AKAR Design both online and in Iowa City, IA March 27 – July.



kk-sq-servers-stackMade In Clay Invitational Exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC April 2 – 30.


kieffer_ghp_workshopFunctional Ceramics Workshop 2009 with Dick Lehman, Karl Borgeson and me at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, OH April 16 – 18.

New Gallery Venues and a Story

Stamped cup, honeycombI have packed up work to ship out tomorrow to one new venue, and two “old friends” that have been without my work for a stretch. I am delighted to have work back again with LillStreet Art Center in Chicago for their Wall of Cups, and with Charlie Cummings in Fort Wayne, IN for his on-line gallery.

While living in Detroit in 1996, I entered a show at 16 Hands in Ann Arbor called Container/Containment. The show was coordinated by the National Society of Arts & Letters which hosted the same show, regionally across the country. The winner for each region was then invited to participate in a next competition in St. Louis that entailed several days of gallery hopping, visits to collectors’ homes, a concert by Yo Yo Ma, and lectures by Ruth Duckworth, Robert Turner, Cynthia Bringle and David Shaner. I won First Place in my region, and went on this amazing trip where I met for the first time Sam Chung, Von Venhuizon and David Hiltner, and several other “emerging artists” who had won their regional shows. I’m pleased that 16 Hands will now be carrying my work on a regular basis.

I will post these new venues and their links on my Buy page, and the work should be on view very soon.

PS: For those inquiring about the mysterious whereabouts of the bunny yunomi I shipped out for the yunomi show…I finally received a response from AKAR that they purchased the cup for their permanent collection, so never posted it for sale for the show. Nice end to the mystery. You can always contact me if you would like to order a similar cup.