Holiday & Seconds Sale!

My annual Holiday and Seconds Sale is here! Fellow New Englanders can snag a second (or several!) for yourselves and firsts to gift friends and family. You will be treated to local cheeses, an energetic doxie, and a crazy selection of discounted discontinueds, prototypes, aesthetic seconds, and of course, awesome firsts. Plus, you can check out my hubby’s new wood shop!

Details:

Sat, Nov 4th  10 – 5 &
Sun, Nov 5th 11* – 4
*Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour!
141 Main St, Baldwinville, MA, 01436

Purchasing:
Cash preferred, checks and credit cards accepted.

Directions:
Baldwinville is in Templeton, just west of Gardner and about 3 miles from Exit 21 off Route 2 near Route 68. We do recommend using GoogleMaps or GPS for the best directions from your particular location.

We’re centrally located about an hour or less each from Framingham, Worcester, Northampton, and Shelburne Falls, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT.

Parking:
We live on a busy road, and there is no parking in front of our house. Parking is best in our driveway or on the opposite side of the street. Please be considerate of our neighbors.

Accessibility:
My studio is in the basement, so entering the sale requires using stairs either outside or inside.

Hope to see you!

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

Brooklyn Pottery Invitational

I’m delighted to be on of 10 studio potters participating in this new 3 day event of sales, demos, and lectures! Important details below with the full schedule of demos to be announced, so please share and follow the event on Instagram and Facebook, as well as RSVP. All of us potters (listed below) will be there all three days with loads of pots on hand to peruse and purchase. Hope to see you!

Participating Potters:
Lois Aronow, NYC
Ryan Greenheck, PA
Brian Giniewski, PA
Hiroe Hanazono, PA
Bryan Hopkins, NY
Lynn Goodman, NYC
Kristen Kieffer, MA
Adero Willard, MA
Dustin Yager, NYC
Matthew Yanchuk, NYC
& Roberto Lugo on Friday night

Fri, Sept 8th, 5 – 9 PM
Sat, Sept 9th, 10 – 6
Sun, Sept 10th, 11 – 5

Old American Can Factory
232 3rd St, Brooklyn (Gowanus), Corner of 3rd & 3rd
Home to over 150 artists and small creative businesses since the late 70s.

Studio Tour in Philly

I’m delighted to be one of the participating potters for The Philadelphia Potters 1st Annual Urban Studio Tour this coming weekend! As you can see in the image above, the event is comprised of 18 fantastic potters at 3 nearby studio locations in Philly. We will all be present over the three days with lots of pots for sale. The Clay Studio will also be participating and has a couple pieces by each of us so you can see a sampling as well has a mingle and artist talks Wed eve, 6-9. This is a must-attend event for any pottery lover in the mid-Atlantic!
Tour Dates:
Fri, April 28th 3 – 9
Sat, April 29th 10 – 6
Sun, April 30th 11 – 5

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Most every bit of info you could need is provided in the image above: who, where, and contact details. You can also follow The Philadelphia Potters on Facebook here and Instagram here. Hope to see you!

Holiday Studio Sale

Kieffer Ceramics Studio, Holiday Sale

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

Kieffer Ceramics Studio Sale
Sat, Nov 5th  10 – 5 &
Sun, Nov 6th *11 – 4
*Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour!

We are just a couple miles from a local cheese shop and chocolatier, and about an hour or less each from Framingham, Northampton, and Worcester, MA as well as, Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT. Visit my Events Page to read about the full details, including address, payment options, parking, and accessibility, or drop me an email if you have questions, KiefferCeramics@gmail.com.

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

Summer 2016: Glick, Gills, & Kline

I’ve neglected my blog here because I’ve had a BUSY summer as pictured below! In June, I flew to Michigan to attend mentor and friend John Glick’s retrospective ‘A Legacy In Clay’ at Cranbrook. In July, I taught a two-week workshop at Alfred University alongside my former professor and mentor John Gill. And then just two weeks ago, after spending a week teaching at Penland, I was a guest potter at Michael Kline’s Cousins In Clay studio sale! Check out my summer pictorial of mentors and heroes!

John Glick A Legacy in Clay retrospective at Cranbrook 2016  John Glick and Kristen Kieffer, 2016John Glick, Plum Tree Pottery, 2016  John Glick platter, Legacy retrospective, Cranbrook, 2016

Clockwise from top left: Dozens of pots at John’s retrospective ranging from his MFA show in 1962 to the most recent pots he completed in 2014. John and me photographed before his gallery talk by his wife Susie Symons. One of a dozen large platters (24″ diameter) at his retrospective. John figuratively bounding forward to his next adventure. 

John Glick’s ‘A Legacy in Clay‘ retrospective at the Cranbrook Art Museum included a sea of pots he self-collected over his 50+ year career as a studio potter. His use of glaze, color, layering, gesture, and mark-making is unparalleled. While he is now retired from working in clay, I’m delighted to share that he is continuing his style of surface decoration on wood furniture of his own creation. He is a living national treasure, and I’m so honored to have worked side-by-side with him (1996-97). You can read past blog posts about my mentorship and ergonomic lessons with John here, here, and here.

John Gill demonstrating, Alfred University Summer School, 2016  Kristen Kieffer demonstrating, Alfred University Summer School, 2016Ceramics collection storage at Alfred University  Chinese jar, T'ang Dynasty, The Eumorfopoulos CollectionAndrea Gill and Kristen Kieffer, 2016  Kristen Kieffer cake stand in use and part of the Gill's collection

Clockwise from top left: John Gill demonstrating. Me demonstrating at Alfred University. John Gill’s favorite pot in The Eumorfopoulos Collection books from the special collections room of the Scholes Library at Alfred: a Chinese jar, T’ang Dynasty. My cake stand in use at a summer gathering at the Gill’s, which is also in their collection. Andea Gill and me. Nigerian and Acoma pottery in the ceramics storage of Alfred’s Ceramic Art Museum. 

In July, I was one of five workshop presenters for the first two weeks of Summer School at Alfred University in NY which included John Gill with Visiting Artist In-Chin Lee; Kang-Hyo Lee; Chase Folsom with Visiting Artist Ashley Lyon; Steve Branfman with Visiting Artists Wayne Higby & Hongwei Li; and me. It was a huge honor to be invited to teach a workshop at one of the most renowned institutions for ceramic art in the U.S. to which I was also lucky enough to attend for my BFA (1993-95). So being able to work alongside my former professor John Gill and spend a little off-time with my other former professor (the only female mentor I’ve ever had!) Andrea Gill was a huge, mind-blowing treat.

Michael Kline, Cousins In Clay, 2016  Kristen Kieffer and Michael Kline stamp collaborationVisitor matching plaid Deluxe Clover cup by Kristen Kieffer, Cousins In Clay  Cousins In Clay 2016

Clockwise from top left: Michael Kline and his pottery during set up. A collaboration and demo of Michael’s and my stamps on a plate. Cousins In Clay in full swing. A little visitor who matched my plaid Deluxe Clover cup, right down to the layered slip-trail, perfectly.

In early September, I had the pleasure of being a guest ‘cousin’ at Michael Kline’s pottery during his annual Cousins In Clay studio sale in Bakersville, NC along with fellow potters Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson of Bulldog Pottery. All three are lovely people with equally awesome families, so we had a nice weekend with good conversations, laughs, and sales. Plus, Michael is one of my pottery crushes, so I got dibs on the ‘best’ piece there!

PS: I seem to be blogging less these days, so to keep the most up-to-date with all the goings-on in and around my studio, please subscribe to my enewsletter and follow me on Instagram and Facebook too. I’ll be posting about the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at Arrowmont next week in which I’m one of seventeen presenters, and soon about The Democratic Cup for which I am one of twenty-six contributing artists!

Spring Seconds Sale

KK Banner WhiteTreat yourself to a lovely ride to north central Massachusetts, as well as to some rather wonderful ‘aesthetic’ and ‘minorly flawed’ seconds at my one-day Spring Studio Sale. I was away at the Bray last May, so it’s been two years since my last springtime event, and I’m excited to invite my fellow New Englanders to swing by for some brownies and good deals. (There’s limited availability of gallery-quality firsts.)

Saturday, May 16th  10 – 5 (No Sunday)
Baldwinville, MA

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.