Hopkins & Kieffer at Harvard

Fellow ceramic artist and friend Bryan Hopkins (Buffalo, NY) and I (Baldwinville, MA) will be co-demonstrating at Harvard’s Ceramics Program Saturday, Sept 15th & Sunday, Sept 16th in Allston, MA!

Visiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins & Kristen Kieffer | The Textured Surface in Porcelain: “Join us for a master class in working with porcelain with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer. Both artists plan to explore a range of surface treatments while sharing stories and their experiences as contemporary ceramic artists. Both will provide visual presentations of their journey as artists and with their chosen techniques and use of porcelain clay bodies. Whether your work is functional or sculptural, this workshop will provide you with a chance to explore, experiment and learn. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the various techniques covered in the workshop and receive feedback from other participants and the workshop leaders.”

Go to the Office for the Arts at Harvard here for all the juicy details, and while you’re there, scroll to the bottom to sign up for their email updates about future workshops and lectures.

We hope to see you!

Escape & Play 2011

As my first workshop of the year approaches, I thought I’d post my 2011 workshop schedule for those of you thinking of warmer weather and planning a time to play and escape!

Two-day demo at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, CT on March 19 – 20. Three-day hands-on at MudFire in Decatur, GA on April 29 – May 1. Five-day hands-on at Long Beach Island Foundation in Loveladies, NJ on June 13 – 17. Five-day hands-on at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM on July 11-15. Five-day hands-on at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN on August 7 – 13. In collaboration with my solo show “Lovely Intangibles,” two-day demo at Plinth Gallery in Denver, CO on Oct 8 – 9. And two-day demo at Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA November 9 -10. Whew!

If there is a venue in your area where you would like to see me teach, please pass along my website url to the workshops coordinator as I begin booking for 2012. That is frequently how they come about! My scheduled workshops are always listed on my Workshops page as they’re booked (where you can also see pics, info and places I’ve taught), as well as with links on my Schedule page.

I’m honored and delighted be invited to teach at such fabulous places, and hope to see some of you soon!

Handmade Joy

  
  

Thanksgiving is here, which according to all the retail stores anyway, means holiday shopping is too. Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you are interested in the joy of buying handmade and see this as a fun time of year to support the arts and find one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends, loved-ones or hostess for that event in December. So, this is just a reminder post for you sporting supporters that my Online Pottery Store is full to the brim with new pots and wall tiles for your holiday shopping and gifting needs. (Treating yourself is definitely allowed.) This virtual store —stocked with gallery-quality work— is the next best thing to stopping by my home studio here in Massachusetts. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and stop by from your computer! I’m open!

If you would like to receive direct notices (about six per year) about workshops, new work for purchase, events from my studio & more, please sign-up for my e-newsletter here. ~Thanks!

Travel Influences & Favorites, Pt. I

March – August 2010: PA, MA, NC, TN, & NYC

 
  

The images above are the very few I took during my minimal outings at NCECA in Philadelphia, and include some favorite pieces from a quick jaunt through the PMA (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and one great building somewhere in the city with curved leaded windows. (You can see more of my favs from the PMA here.)

         

The next group of pictures is from jaunts near my home. The first two are from a building in Amherst, MA. I love the tall, slender windows and contrast of brick and stone. The second is a detail of the stone and how they used brick dust in the mortar leaving the stones looking like they are outlined in hot pink.  The rest of the images are from two visits to Historic Deerfield in central Massachusetts not far from our home.  Since I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in the historic homes, most of the pics (except the barn detail and canopy bed detail) are from pieces in the visible storage cases of their museum.  I see different things in each image, from ideas for form and detail to appreciation for handmade and craft like the last two images of the mended bowl and plate.

 
 

These last images are a favorite each of something I saw while teaching at the Penland School of Arts & Crafts (the garden bottle tree in Bakersville) and the Appalachian Center for Crafts (one of the many hand-painted signs on campus) this summer. And last but not at all least are two images of the Statue of Liberty I took when I did a lecture for the Brooklyn Potters Guild.

I’m getting better not only at remembering to take my camera with me, but actually remembering to take pictures as well, and hope to share more of what I see and figuratively bring home to my studio with you here.

Ceramics in Design

Vautrin_Delvigne_Gauffre J_Adler_Brasilia_Stripes_Cone Delvigne_Vautrin_Panier_perce
J_Adler_Helix_vase Giapato_Hula_Hoop Lucchi_Burano blooming_over_cup_DroogR_McBride_Anamorphic_cups M_Wanders_Delft_vase_II R_McBride_Grooveware Eva_Zeisel_gravyandspoonairborne-snotty-vases-mwanders M_Wanders_Delft_vase_I M_Wanders_Delft_vase_IIIBoontje_Table_Stories Boontje_tile Boontje_Other_Side KleinReidStillLifeBlackBisque

First row, from left: Vase Gauffré by Ionna Vautrin & Guillaume Delvigne for Industreal; Brasilia stripes cone vase by Jonathan Adler; Panier percé by Guillaume Delvigne & Ionna Vautrin for Industreal; Second row: Helix tall vase by Jonathan Adler; Hula Hoop by Cristiana Giopato for Industreal; Burano by Michele de Lucchi for Industreal; Blooming over cup by Mina Wu & Jan B. for Droog; Third row: Anamorphic cups by Ross McBride; Royal Delft vase by Marcel Wanders for Moooi; Grooveware by Ross McBride; Gravy boat and spoon by Eva Zeisel; Fourth row: Airborne Snotty Vase by Marcel Wanders; Fifth row: two more Royal Delft vases by M. Wanders for Moooi; Table Stories by Tord Boontje; Last row: Primavera tile by Tord Boontje for Bardelli; The Other Side Ceramics by Tord Boontje for Moroso; and Still Lfe: Black Bisque by KleinReid.

I’ve done a couple of past posts with wallpaper, furniture and home furnishings by designers I enjoy, so thought I should point out some ceramics too.  (See past posts under Favorites and Influences.)   I find these objects and the concepts behind them intriguing (most from the last eight years), and this group of designers are some of my favorites: Boontje, KleinReid, McBride, Vautrin & Delvigne, Wanders and Zeisel.  There is a strong and curious connection between studio artists/potters and industrial designers: kind of a chicken-and-the-egg history with overlap and sharing (or co-opting).   (Objects that weren’t simply white and black (and royal blue apparently) were scarce.  There must be practical as well as design reasons for the lack of color.)   I feel it’s important to be aware of what other artists in my field are up to, and awareness of form and concept for mass and high-end design markets feels equally important, especially as the lines between art and design have blurred.  Ultimately though I agree with a friend and find these objects smart, appealing and inspiring.