Fresh Pots!

    

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I’ve loaded up my online shop with a bounty of new work that’s fresh and colorful. Orders coming in by tomorrow (Tues, 5/9) at 3 PM can ship in time for Mother’s Day. As always, I’ve been working on new forms and playing with new decoration (like the tall-footed bud vases and stamped mugs, which nicely mash-up my love of both Art Deco and mod). Every piece is one-of-a-kind and made solely with my two little hands. Thank you as always for supporting elegant and handmade from my studio. You can head over to peruse and shop right here.

     

Cup Family Portraits

Stamped mugs by Kristen Kieffer
I recently unloaded a kiln load of work that included bunches of handled cups and mugs with varying and new decoration, and decided to group them for pix, which immediately and delightfully felt like family portraits. I like the idea of capturing my current cup designs and glaze color palette at this arbitrary point in time. Meet my cup family!

Above are my Stamped mugs decorated with slip-trail and stamps I design and make. Because my ongoing goal is to make pots that are “ornately elegant for everyday,” I refer to these as mugs because it addresses their durability, utility, and size in one word. These are not Grandma’s teacups! This portrait also pictures two from my ongoing Colorized series (the blue flowers and dogwood blossoms) in which I completely fill two to four of the stamps with hand-brushed underglaze color creating lovely focal points. I explain more about my stamped cup making process as well as two-piece handle origin in this old blog post here.

Deco stamped mugs by Kristen Kieffer
Late this summer I began a new mug series combining my stamping with the inlay line work and polka dots I have been incorporating on other pots. The result feels very Art Deco, so I’ve been mentally referring to these as Deco Stamped mugs.

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The other style of handled drinking vessel I make is a Clover cup, which became Deluxe Clover cup when the decoration went from minimal slip-trail to lots of everything! I explain the full origin of this cup in a blog post from last year here. I refer to this as a cup vs. mug because the inward alteration makes the volume it holds less than my stamped mugs. Above are my Polka Dot Deluxe Clover cups.

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Polka dots led to stripes, and lots of stripes equals Super Stripes Deluxe Clover cups!

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Around this time last year, I began adding inlay lines (and this year, circles) to my slip-trail and underglaze deco which lead to these multi-layered cuties. And since that is exactly what I thought when I made them, I still refer to them as Cutie Deluxe Clover cups.

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At the same time I started the Deco Stamped mugs, I started drawing similar arched line work into these cups too, and the Deco Deluxe Clover cups were born.

Kieffer Cup Family Portrait
So here’s the handled-cup family! This group shot illustrates most of the cup styles and the range of my current glaze and underglaze color palette. I’m in the midst of eliminating a couple colors (Cornflower blue and Violet) so that despite a wide range of designs, my colors relate to each other and feel collectively vibrant when viewed as a group… like in my online shop! Which is exactly where you can find all these lovely ladies right now.

Shop the First Day of Summer!

Kristen Kieffer Bud vase Ivory Red Dot w. Navy  Kristen Kieffer Bud vase Aqua
Kristen Kieffer Handled vase in Frost w. tangerine detail  Kristen Kieffer Handled vase w. Dogwood blossoms

Spring and summer are my favorite times of the year: the warmth, the flowers, the birds and bees…the flowers. *happy sigh* It’s becoming a tradition for me to spend a few weeks in spring working on new designs and patterns with thoughts of summer and its delights. On the First Day of Summer, I’ll post a small selection of twenty-four summery pots adding to other new work already available in my online shop (including plaid cups!). The offerings include two sizes of brand new, handled vases in a variety of colors and patterns, as well as summer cups with pollinators (butterflies and a bat), birds, and blossoms…and cupcakes because I’m a July birthday!

First Day of Summer celebration: Mon, June 20th at Noon EDT thru
Fri, June 24th* 
in my online Etsy shop!

Important note: I try to keep my shop open and stocked year-round for your shopping and gifting needs, and usually ship in 1-3 days. Because I’ll be away teaching a two-week workshop, my shop will actually remain open, but pots purchased after June 24th won’t ship till July 11th.

Kristen Kieffer butterfly mug  Kristen Kieffer Quail yunomiKristen Kieffer Monarch yunomi  Kristen Kieffer Bat mugKristen Kieffer Bud vase Frost w. Sky blue  Kristen Kieffer Bud vase OceanKristen Kieffer cupcake mug  Kristen Kieffer Blue Butterfly yunomi

Happy Summer!

#KiefferCeramics

#KiefferCeramics by ramsaystudio  #KiefferCeramics by erincarpenterpottery

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!)

#KiefferCeramics by KiefferCeramics  #KiefferCeramics by paigekatharineceramics#KiefferCeramics by janicejakielski  #KiefferCeramics by kirsti_smith_ceramics#KiefferCeramics by megangulland  #KiefferCeramics by margiesearl#KiefferCeramics by jabetta1  #KiefferCeramics by KiefferCeramics 2#KiefferCeramics by Deana  #KiefferCeramics by arthurhalvorsen

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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!

Valenspringtine 2016

Kristen Kieffer Compote trioLast year, I posted six weeks of pottery investigation celebrating thoughts of Valentine color and springtime imagery into my online shop, an event I coined as Valenspringtine. It was so fun and successful, I decided to give it a go again this year, perhaps making it an annual post of my winter play. As with last year, this winter’s pursuits included new forays into surface deco, as well as form with Compotes (pedestaled serving bowls for fruits, nuts, and sweets), Cake & Cupcake Stands, new Deluxe Clover cups, and a couple other goodies totaling almost 30 pots.

Valenspringtine 2016 goes live Friday, January 29th
at Noon EST in my online Etsy shop!*

Happy Valenspringtine! 

Kristen Kieffer Cupcake and Cake stand  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe Clover Super Stripe Red w. TulipKristen Kieffer Deluxe Clover Cup Colorful Polka Dots  Kristen Kieffer Compote Pedestal bowlKristen Kieffer Stamped mugs Blue Flowers  Kristen Kieffer Cupcake stand in ButtercupKristen Kieffer Compote Pedestal Fruit Bowl  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe Clover Cup Black dots w. Tulips

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*Helpful tips: If not already registered, set up an Etsy account to purchase. ‘In cart’ does not equal ‘in hand.’ First to complete their payment makes the nab. Refresh your browser to make sure you are seeing all that are listed and available. 

Studio Cycles Pictorial 2015

Kristen Kieffer Arabesque mod tumbler in action  Kristen Kieffer stamped mug with blue flowers in progressKristen Kieffer bowls in progress  Kristen Kieffer covered jar in progressKristen Kieffer glaze test tiles  Kristen Kieffer Deluxe clover cups Stripe Dot Floral in progressKristen Kieffer dessert plate and cup in action  Kristen Kieffer Arabesque mod tumblers in actionKristen Kieffer dogwood stamp and sketches  Kristen Kieffer dogwood yunomi with lady bug in progressKristen Kieffer standing to throw in home studio  Kristen Kieffer loaded kiln and empty ware shelvesKristen Kieffer sketch book of cups  Kristen Kieffer new glaze color, Buttercup YellowKristen Kieffer slip-trail detail on covered jar in progress  Kristen Kieffer pitcher in shadowKristen Kieffer Monarch butterfly stamp  Kristen Kieffer stamped cupcake mug in progressKristen Kieffer pierced fruit basket in progress  Kristen Kieffer stamped mug in actionKristen Kieffer stamped Rooster mug  Kristen Kieffer stamped mug with hedgehogKristen Kieffer stamps  Kristen Kieffer stamping mugs in home studioKristen Kieffer Super Stripe Deluxe Clover cups  Kristen Kieffer yunomi in black and redKristen Kieffer with workshop participants from View Art Center, Old Forge, NY  Kristen Kieffer wall pillows in progressKristen Kieffer teapots in progress  Kristen Kieffer fruit basket

This is my fifth, year-end roundup of in-progress and in-action images from my studio and of my pots, plus a workshop image for good measure. It’s fun for me to look back on the collection of images I’ve shared, and reflect on what’s continued from past years and what was new in 2015 for me as a maker (lots!). These are just a selection of favorites I posted throughout the year on my Facebook and Instagram. As with past years, it’s not an order, it’s a cycle.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my work and studio.
A happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!