Mindful Maker

Kristen Kieffer
I recently did an interview with Missy Graff Ballone for her website and organization Wellness for Makers. She found me through my own blog posts about standing to throw and working with mentor and studio potter John Glick, and wanted to include me in an interview series she has called Mindful Makers. Non-artists and artists alike can benefit from being mindful of our bodies in everyday activities as well as our creative endeavors. Her mission is to “empower artists through education and mindful living [by creating] more productive and sustainable studio practices that improve the longevity of their hands and bodies.”

Wellness for MakersCheck out my interview here where I talk about my own studio ergonomics, bad back history, and being “purposely inefficient.”

Give Wellness for Makers a follow on Instagram and Facebook. She is always looking for images and information about mindful making, so drop her a note if you have articles, resources, or helpful tips to share. Thank you, Missy!

Holiday Studio Sale

Kristen Kieffer Ceramics

I’m excited to invite my fellow New Englanders to swing by my studio for some brownies and good deals before the snow begins to fall here in north central Massachusetts. It’s a perfect opportunity to shop for holiday gifts to give, as well as some rather wonderful ‘aesthetic’ and ‘minorly flawed’ seconds to save for yourself.

Kieffer Ceramics Studio Sale
Saturday, November 7th  10 – 5 &
Sunday, November 8th 11 – 4

We are just a couple miles from a local cheese shop and chocolatier, and about an hour each from Framingham, Northampton, and Worcester, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT. We live on a busy road, so parking is best in our driveway or on the opposite side of the street. Cash preferred, checks and credit cards accepted. Drop me an email if you have questions or would like more info, KiefferCeramics@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting creativity and community
by buying and giving handmade.

Flower City Pottery Invitational

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I’m delighted to be participating in the inaugural Flower City Pottery Invitational happening next Friday eve – Sunday, October 9th – 11th at The Genesee Center for the Arts in Rochester, NY. The show and sale, curated by fellow makers Peter Pincus, Matt, Metz, and Richard Aerni, features twenty potters from all over the country who will be in person with their tables full of pots. The two and half days also includes artist talks and demos which are listed on the schedule here. It’s going to be a spectacular event!

Participating potters: Kenyon Hansen, Ryan Greenheck, Julie Crosby, Mary Barringer, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, John Gill, Peter Beasecker, Jenny Mendes, Tony Clennell, Dan Finnegan, Doug Peltzman, Bob Briscoe, Richard Aerni & Carolyn Stutz, Liz Quakenbush, Kristen Kieffer, Mark Shapiro, Bryan Hopkins, Jane Shellenbarger, & Matt Metz.

Hope to see you, NY!

Standing to Throw & CM Spotlight

Kristen Kieffer Spotlight Ceramics Monthly Summer Working Potter issue 2015

Ceramics Monthly summer issue 2015 Steven Rolf coverThanks to Ceramics Monthly for posing a question to me for the Spotlight page of the summer issue on the Working Potter. It was interesting to reflect on the last 12 years (and in only 300 words!), which is when I declared myself a full-time studio potter. Cover potter Steve Rolf was a grad when I was an undergrad at Alfred (’93-95), and super helpful and supportive of my beginnings, making this extra special on thinking back and change. Thank you, CM!
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Thank you to my hubby for taking this much requested but never till now fulfilled shot for CM, which gives me another opportunity to discuss what’s pictured. I’ve been standing to throw for TWENTY years. I began in ’95 when I threw pots at Greenfield Village for a year, and then with a backrest like this designed after John Glick‘s in ’96 when I worked with him for a year. Standing saved my back. I can’t recommend enough for my fellow potters to check out these two articles John wrote for the Studio Potter journal: “To Sciatica and Back” (1987) and “Down the Spinal Canal” (2001). Everything from his backrest design I adopted to a ‘checklist for longevity’ is addressed in the former article. Both have excellent and thoughtful reflections on adapting to change for body health and are must reads! Thank you, John!

PS: Below is an image of me at my worktable stamping pots. Note how I stack several bats on my banding wheel (my parting gift from my assistantship/residency with John!) so that I’m working about chest high, not hunched over.

Kristen Kieffer stamping in her Massachusetts studio

 

 

Firsts & Seconds

Kristen-Kieffer-Etsy-shop Kieffer Studio 2012

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My home Holiday Studio Sale here in Massachusetts is the first weekend in November, and is a wonderful opportunity for New England locals to purchase seconds, and new work for gifting. For the many who are too far to attend, there are wonderful new pots available now in my online shop, and I’ll continue to add new work through the New Year. Here are the facts:

Kristen-Kieffer-EtsyOnline Etsy Shop
Ongoing: New pots added weekly (almost daily!) with prompt shipping. Start shopping right here.

If your purchase is a gift, I am more than happy to ship directly to the recipient, and include a note that it is from you and any message you would like to convey, plus include care and process info and my latest postcard. (No invoice or receipt is included.)

Studio-Sale-signage-(spring)Holiday Studio Sale
Saturday, Nov 1st 10 – 5 &
Sunday, Nov 2nd 11* – 4 (* “Fall back” for Daylight Savings)
Full event details all right here.

Come by and sample some local cheeses, see where I make my work, and take home a new pot or two for gifts, and a couple seconds for yourself. Hope to see you!
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Thank you for supporting creativity, community,
and local by buying and giving handmade.

Potter of the Month

Jen Allen grey teapot  Kristen Kieffer Teapot Aqua

Teapot left by Jen Allen, wheel-thrown and altered porcelain, cone 10 reduction. Teapot right by me, wheel-thrown and altered porcelain, cone 7 oxidation.

I’m happy to be fellow potter Jen Allen’s Potter of the Month for June on her blog!  Jen makes lovely pots, and we have a lot in common as makers, both in approach and influences.  I hope you’ll check out my responses to her thoughtful questions, and then check out her wonderful work. Thank you, Jen!