On Friday, I added new work to my online shop, including lots of cups & lots of NEW cups! I’m particularly excited about the colorful Squattie cups, perfect for an at-home cappuccino. Working on these helped get me through the stress & strangeness of COVID quarantine. I do hope you & yours are doing well.
Because I have so many cups available, I revamped my shop’s menu for easy browsing. So now you can pull down a menu from the Cups & Mugs Collection and search by style. I’m a wild woman, I know.
This slip-trail Noooo! could be about oh-so-many things, but unfortunately it’s about the inadvertent deletion of EVERY person on my enewsletter list. Years & hundreds of email addresses ~ POOF!
You are reading this because you are subscribed to my blog. If you were ALSO subscribed to my enewsletter (or would like to be!) and enjoyed receiving it, I hope you will click here and sign yourself back up. Takes two seconds.
I am not blogging as much as I used to, and at some point may transition to a new website platform sans blog and would lose you completely! While there is sometimes content overlap for each subscription, it’s ultimately most ideal to be subscribed to my enewsletter as well to receive news (4-5/yr max) about shop updates, new work, events, workshops, and my most recent “faves.” I want to make the enewsletter something you look forward to, so in addition to new images and goings on from my studio, I always include links to recent favorite articles related to pottery and the arts, fave artist finds, etc. Basically a couple things that struck my fancy in the last couple months that you might have missed on the interwebs and enjoy as much as me. So I hope you will sign up!
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!)
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!