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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!)

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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!

Styling Play Pictorial

Kristen Kieffer Stamped cup detail  Kristen Kieffer cake stand top with cherriesKristen Kieffer Delft-inspired fruit bowl stamped cup  Kristen Kieffer Owl Yunomi in Frost

Some images of my pots recently posted on Instagram and Facebook to share and celebrate new work available in my online shop ~ some, exclusively! I delight in trying to convey the influence, habitat, and/or detail (the lovely little enticing bits) of my pots in one square frame. I consistently add new, one-of-a-kind pots to my shop almost weekly, so fresh work is always available for you to have or give. Connect with me on the social medias, but check my Etsy shop (‘favorite’ it too) regularly for what’s new, and thanks as always for your support.

Kristen Kieffer Pineapple and Fruit bowl stamped cups  Kristen Kieffer Pierced fruit basketKristen Kieffer Pierced fruit bowl  Kristen Kieffer Pierced fruit basket (square)Kristen Kieffer Skull mugs, Gal and Guy  Kristen Kieffer yunomi

Glaze Palette 2012

Colors clockwise from top right: Spring Green, Aqua, Periwinkle, Yellow Pear, Frost, Garnet, Rosa, Grape, Cornflower Blue, and Honeycomb. After several adds and subtractions for 2012, these are the current, and lush, satin colors from my studio. Each satin has a corresponding glossy version for the interiors, for aesthetic contrast as well as function. (Pots that are mostly interior, like plates and some bowls, are glazed completely in gloss.) Every item in my online Pottery Shop is labeled with it’s color name so you can search by color to find your favorites.

I run extensive tests to develop new colors for my palette, and then mix large amounts of each glaze by hand for dipping and pouring. There is a Glaze Testing album on my Facebook page with more pix of the steps behind the results, and a bit more about my techniques and materials on my Process page. I enjoy adding new colors, even though the process to get there is laborious. The end results are very satisfying…and ColorFULl! 

FB Guide: SEE What You LIKE

I admit it. I am slightly addicted to Facebook. And that’s just personally; I’m highly addicted professionally. Indeed I joined Facebook to create my Professional page (now over 3000 fans!), but as a self-employed artist working from home, I have been truly delighted to reconnect with old friends, follow peers’ careers, and keep up with politics, technology, arts, and fun through all the pages I like.  Until this past summer that is. *Dun, Dun, Duuuuuun!*

The messages and articles (two good ones here and here) about Facebook’s new ‘bait n’ switch’ visibility policy are now making their way around the interwebs, as well as on Facebook itself (which you’ll understand is ironic in a minute). Basically, as fans of pages, we are only seeing some (possibly none) of the posts of the people, businesses, artists, and more that we clicked “Like” to follow. As someone who is trying to post content for fans, I am only reaching about 15% of the 3000 folks who like my page. In summary, now that FB has shareholders they need to ramp up their income, so in an unannounced move as far back as May, they began to limit what we all see in our newsfeeds in an effort to push pages to ‘pay to promote’ their content. To be even more clear: you can’t always see what you want to see on Facebook, and I and other people who post content can’t always show you what you want to see on FB…but there’s a fix.

For the pages you like and want to keep up with on Facebook, you can create Interest Lists. It takes maybe a minute, so it’s fast and you’ll be able to check in EASILY on all the content for your favorite pages, and even friends. I did this about three months ago when I noticed I wasn’t seeing all, or any, content from the pages I enjoy, and can now just easily click my interest lists to review and don’t miss anything. Here’s how to create yours:


Go to a FB page like Kieffer Ceramics, and click the ‘gear’ icon in the upper right, which pulls down an option menu, then click ‘Add to Interest Lists’ (image 1). Next, click ‘+New List’ (image 2). If you’ve already created a list(s), they’ll be filed here for you to easily add to.


The page you want to add to your new list will be highlighted with a check mark, then click ‘Next’ (image 3). Now you can name your list (I chose ‘Fave Pages’) and decide who can see your lists (I chose ‘Only Me’) (image 4). And you’re done!


So now you can go through and do this with all your favorite pages and friends who’s posts you don’t want to miss. You will find your Interest Lists as you’ve named them at the top left of your FB newsfeed home page under ‘Interests’ (image 5). As you get more savvy, you can move, re-name, and add to your lists (image 6 are all categories of interests lists I’ve created which house pages and friends I love).

I’m sharing this guide and info as both a FB page ‘poster’ and page ‘liker.’ I want to SEE posts for the pages I ‘like,’ as well as have folks who LIKE my page see what I post. I understand (though don’t agree) with FB’s reasoning to “cause a problem and then market the fix.” But since most people are unaware of the change, they are also unaware they are missing content they wanted to see by liking a page in the first place! I hope this helps and that you will share this info with your friends and fans…and because FB limits what’s seen, it’s helpful to post elsewhere than just FB (the irony I mentioned earlier), like Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, etc.

FB has become my and many artists’ primary point of contact with our fan base to announce new work, events, promotions, plus fun news, so I hope you will create your Lists as a way to continue your much-appreciated support and to follow what you enjoy.

Studio Cycles Pictorial 2011


I’m certainly in no rush for 2011 to end, though as the holidays approach and attentions (mine) get divided, now seems as good a time as any to post some of my studio and in-progress shots for the year. Ceramics is very much *make, fire, glaze, fire, repeat,* so these images aren’t in order, but rather the repetition is the order. Most all these pictures I’ve shared throughout 2011 on my Facebook Ceramics page (my favored place to post a quick pic, musing or update in between blog posts), but seeing them all in one place is a reminder of my productivity and progress over the last eleven months. 2012, I’m ready for more!



Batter bowl light and shadow