Tea & Flowers

Kristen Kieffer Teapot in blues Kristen Kieffer Teapot PeriwinkleKristen Kieffer Teapot-stamped cup grouping

Pictured above: Teapots (11″ h x 11″ l x 5″ d) and cups stamped w. teapots (4″ h x 6″ l x 4.5″ d), wheel-thrown, stamped, and altered porcelain w. underglaze and slip-trail deco, cone 7 oxidation by Kristen Kieffer.

Spring is closer than when I posted Fresh & Springy in February, but it doesn’t come easy in MA. The new springy and tea-related work pictured here is mostly destined for shows: a teapot off to Cedar Creek Gallery in NC for their annual National Teapot IX invitational exhibition; tumblers (for G & Ts) to m. t. burton gallery in NJ for Top Shelf: Pottery for Spirits, Wine, & Beer exhibition; vases each to The Clay Studio in Philly for Vases for Spring, and Lill Street Gallery in Chicago for Art & the Urban Garden exhibition. And the rest will be sprinkled around galleries, workshops, and my online shop (like a couple of those teapot-stamped cups pictured above), which will re-open at the end of May. As always, you can see where my work and I will be next on my Schedule page.

Kristen Kieffer Tumblers Kristen Kieffer Screen vase pair in Honeycomb w. blues Kristen Kieffer Screen vase pair in blues Kristen Kieffer Stamped dot vase grouping Kristen Kieffer Stamped vase groupingKristen Kieffer Cake stand dots w. lilacs

Pictured above: Tumblers (5.5″ h x 3.5″ d), Screen vase pairs (13″ h x 4″ w x 3″ d), Stamped vases (8″ h x 5″ d), and Cake stand (5″ h x 11″ d). Screen vases are hand-built, everything else is wheel-thrown w. various deco by Kristen Kieffer.

500 Teapots Volume 2

I’m very happy to have a teapot in Lark Crafts’ new 500 Teapots Volume 2 book juried by studio potter and professor Jim Lawton. I have three teapots in the original 500 Teapots book, so it’s nice to be in the new and reflect on the evolution of my work (and teapots specifically) over the twelve intervening years.

I particularly like this passage excerpted from Jim’s introduction:

“The artists represented here are blending innovation and forward thinking with an awareness of what came before. They’re acknowledging a custom that’s deeply rooted in our consciousness even as they propose new forms and iterations for the teapot. Whether it’s used to bring people together or to celebrate solitude, the teapot occupies a special place in cultures all over the world.”

Lark’s 500 Series continues to be a wonderful resource for collectors, makers, and instructors alike. It’s just as fun to see how the teapots are organized in the book as it is to see them all.  My Victorian Islamic, satin-glazed teapot is opposite a juicy, faceted one by Steven Roberts; each has as many similarities as differences. You’ll have to get the book yourself to see more examples of great teapot pairings!

New Work 2012

  
  
  
  
  

A pictorial collection of what I’ve been working on so far in 2012: revisiting the past, expanding the familiar, and exploring the new. Most of the pieces featured here are available for purchase in my online Shop or Gallery. Click the image to follow the link and read more about each. You can also see where more of my work will be out, about, and online in shows coming up on my Schedule page here.

Postcard Retrospective

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Small covered jars*, 2008
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Stamped cups, 2007
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Wire flower brick*, 2005
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Flower boat (Corset series), 2003
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Lady vase, 2002
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Tea set, Flower basket and Pourer with Saucer, 2001

I have had a “publicity” postcard made every year or two since 2001.  (There are two other postcards from ’95 and ’98 I’ll have to dig up for another—more humorous—post.)  The two most recent cards, with the jars and cups, are cone 7 electric; the others are cone 10 soda reduction.  The image directly above is my MFA graduation show card from Ohio University.  Six postcards of work from four different studios.  It’s interesting to see how things have changed, most notably after my thesis card, going from what I see as just “ornate” to more “elegant”.  Aside from additional layering, the surfaces haven’t changed a lot, but the lines that define the forms have.  They are more crisp and where I see the elegance happening.  I was the photographer for all of these too, baring witness to the transition from film to digital.

*If you would like a postcard, I would like for you to have one.  My most current 2008 Covered jar postcard and the 2005 Flower Brick postcard are still available.  (The former because it’s still new and the latter because a printing error left me with 2500!)  Simply drop me an email with “Postcard” in the subject line, your mailing address in the body, and specify which card: 2008, 2005 or both.  I would love for you to have a pot, but this is a nice precursor, and something you can actually hold in the meantime.

onelovelyblogawardThank you to Charan Sachar of the great Creative with Clay blog for presenting me with one of his Lovely Blog Awards.  I appreciate the friendly acknowledgment!

In Progress—Alphabet Blocks & Teapots

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The alphabet blocks are an idea that has been on my mental back-burner for awhile, but an invitation to be in The Clay Studio’s show, Small Favors IV, brought them to life this week. Unfinished (green), each is approximately a 3 1/2″ cube. I needed to do something fun, tangential and for me…and they were.  I would love to do the whole alphabet.  I have some plans for some, well, not for kids blocks too.  These exquisitely blend my recent favorite forays: text, animals and play.

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The fourth image is of two of the six teapots I completed this week for upcoming shows and a commission (each between 10-11″h, green –unglazed and unfired).

Upcoming ’09 Exhibitions & Workshops

My Show & Workshop schedule thru early Spring ’09.  The pots pictured below for the shows at Santa Fe Clay, the Bray, the Ohio Craft Museum and NCECA will actually be in those exhibitions.
kristen_kieffer_screen_w_flowersFlora Exhibition Invitational with Megan Bogonovich, Kim Dickey, Maria Dondero, Molly Hatch, Tim Ludwig & me at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM thru January 17.  (Each artist is exhibiting approximately 15-20 pieces in a range of sizes and price points; for me: cups to corset.)

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kristen_kieffer_flowerbrickBeyond the Brickyard exhibition juried by Patti Warashina at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana January 31 – March 15.

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kk-teapot-lt-blueThe Infinite Teapot at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, OH 2/1 – 3/29; and Teapots: Functional, Formal and Narrative curated by Susan O’Brien and Margaret Bohls at the U. of Wisconsin Foster Gallery in Eau Claire, WI 2/26 – 3/29.

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Kristen Kieffer workshop demonstrationWorkshop with me presented by the Jackson Pottery & Clay Guild at The Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History in Jackson, MI March 13 – 15.

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kristen_kieffer_pear-jar_iNCECA 2009 Clay National Biennial Exhibition juried by Ceramic artists Chris Staley and Jeanne Quinn, and AMOCA Director Christy Johnson at Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in Phoenix, AZ March 22 – May 23.

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kk-stamped-cups-blue-2-iParadise City Arts Festival, a juried retail craft show in Marlborough, MA March 20 – 22.

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kk-yunomis-frost-iYunomi Invitational at AKAR Design both online and in Iowa City, IA March 27 – July.

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kk-sq-servers-stackMade In Clay Invitational Exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC April 2 – 30.

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kieffer_ghp_workshopFunctional Ceramics Workshop 2009 with Dick Lehman, Karl Borgeson and me at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, OH April 16 – 18.