“Surface” DVD Progress

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As some of you know, in May I spent about five days demonstrating in my studio for my first how-to dvd: Surface Decoration, Suede to Leatherhard.  I thought I’d let you know that I’ve seen the rough cut, and am pretty excited about it (especially after I got over the weirdness of watching myself).  Videos have as many steps as ceramics, so for this big first foray, it’s not surprising to report we are a bit off schedule.

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This dvd will include techniques I use and some I enjoy but don’t currently incorporate in my own work. All are “suede” to leatherhard decoration techniques mostly using slip, including stamp-making and stamping, slip-trailing, sponging, paper resist, water-etching, sgraffito, mishima, carving and sprigging. My goal is to show techniques with which you may not be familiar, offer a new take on the traditional and generally excite interest in the potential of the ceramic surface.

Kristen KiefferI strongly feel that in-person instruction is best, and a video by anyone is no substitution for classroom interaction, workshop question-and-answer or one-on-one discussion. I know not everyone is able to take a workshop or class, and I realize that many of those who are able to attend one of my workshops may like a video to review some learned techniques.

I will continue to keep you all posted!

How-to Poll Results: Surface #1

I’ve ended the poll I conducted to rate your interest for each of the five ideas (below) I have for a how-to dvd series, so thought I’d let you know how the tallies shaped up.  The poll numbers ranked in the order I would have imagined, verifying Surface Decoration as first.

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The vote totals:
127 votes (30%) for Surface deco
97 votes (24%) for Altering
82 votes (20%) for Advanced Techniques
37 votes (10%) for All five in the series
35 votes (9%) for Intermediate wheel-throwing techniques
19 votes (5%) for Basic beginner wheel-throwing techniques

So, like Star Wars, I will be starting with #3 instead of #1!  After that, I believe I will truly need to begin at the beginning with the basics and progress to each next section in sequence to keep things straight for both of us.  I have scheduled the Surface shoot for the beginning of May. It will include about a dozen different techniques including stamp-making and stamping, slip-trailing, sponging, paper resist and water-etching.  I hope to show techniques with which you may not be familiar, offer a new take on the traditional and generally excite interest in the potential of the ceramic surface.

Thanks again for your feedback and participation.  It’s helpful and great to see your interest!  PS: For those interested outside the States, I will have better answers about playability closer to the shoot date.  It’s a priority for me to make the dvds as “universal” as possible.

Cast Your Vote Here!

Kristen Kieffer workshop demonstrationI have decided to do a small series of how-to, demonstration ceramics videos beginning this spring.  Before the first “shoot,” I would like to hear what you are most interested in watching me demonstrate.  This is an exciting, new venture and a great way for me to share techniques and processes with you for years to come!

I strongly feel that in-person instruction is best, and a video by anyone is no substitution for workshop and classroom interaction, question-and-answer or one-on-one time.  I know not everyone is able to take a workshop or class, and I realize that many of those who are able to attend a workshop may like a video to review learned techniques.  So, a dvd series seems like a nice solution.

Your input in this poll and any additional comments would be helpful for the initial stages of planning.  If you would like to receive an email as the dvds become available, please drop me an email at stenkief@yahoo.com  Below, you may pick more than one answer, choose “F” for all, and/or write in your own response.  Thank you!