Teaching Workshops Article for SP


Before and after my Workshop Logistics article for CM came out last month, I heard from folks who wanted to know more about actually teaching workshops. In 2008, I wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for The Studio Potter journal, and they’ve recently made it available online. It was enjoyable for me to re-read after so many years, and reflect on what’s changed or is the same. Btw and per the article, I have now taught several No Fear Clay! workshops!

“A fear of trying is really a fear of failing.”

 

You can read the article here, and purchase this particular issue (Teaching & Learning, Vol. 36 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2008) here. I also contributed an article to an SP issue devoted to Starting Out (Vol. 33 No. 1 Winter/Sping 2004) which is available here.

I served on the Board of The Studio Potter for 3 years, and believe it offers a unique voice in the ceramics community, and found it paramount in my education as a young potter. For 47 years it was a print publication, and is now solely online. Peruse their site to learn more.

Workshop Logistics Article for CM

Read ALL about it! My novel* article for Ceramics Monthly highlighting actual contract standards for workshops with a spotlight on honorarium rates and inconsistencies by citing real numbers is HERE. I hope it will empower workshop presenters and become a resource for both ceramic artists and workshop venues (new & experienced) as well as inspire much needed conversation towards change and equity. Workshop participants will find it informative too and can help advocate for presenters. Please read, re-read, and share far & wide, especially with artists and institutions who could benefit from this information and/or don’t understand contract norms and fair honorariums.

Where to read: Article PDF,
Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
CM Feb 2020 issue pp. 40-44, or CeramicsArtNetwork.org.

I spent big chunks of time working on this from May thru November in 2019 and could not have done it alone. Thank you to CM editor Jessica Knapp for inviting me to write about workshop logistics based on a personal FB rant, and for allowing me to veer off topic to pinpoint glaring issues in our field. Thank you to the CM team for agreeing to give me twice the word count when I realized it was quite necessary as well as being patient with my obstinate vision. Big thank yous to my clay friends, peers, and colleagues who candidly and thoughtfully answered my call for feedback and offered enthusiastic support for both me and what I aimed to write. And not at all lastly, thank you to my husband Trevor for reminding me to punch the thesis, enduring the ups and downs of this project, and being my constant cheerleader.

There is still so much more to say on this topic. Hopefully change will begin, others will take the baton, and the conversation will continue. Thank YOU for taking the time to read and share the article.

In 2008, I wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for The Studio Potter journal, which you can access here.

*Word choice courtesy a NYT article about women being less likely to praise their own work or emphasize its importance compared to men who are more likely to use the terms “unique,” “novel,” & “excellent.” So again, this article is an excellent MUST-READ!

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!

Workshops 2018

Below is what I currently have booked for teaching this year, so get your playtime scheduled! There’s potential for another venue to be added, so you can sign up for my enewsletter to be notified.

I’m pretty excited to be heading to Pomona, CA to teach a two-day demonstration at The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), April 14th & 15th.

In June, I’ll be heading to Gatlinburg, TN to teach a five-day hands-on workshop (my fourth!) at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, June 11 – 15.

Then I’ll be heading to Canada to teach a three-day hands-on workshop over the Canada Day holiday weekend at the Rozynski Arts Center in Québec, June 30th – July 2nd.

In September, I’ll be close to home and doing my first workshop in years here in MA at the inimitable Harvard Ceramics Studio with friend and fellow potter Bryan Hopkins in Allston, Sept 15th & 16th.

All my workshops and most techniques are equally suitable for both throwers and hand-builders with basic skills required for hands-on gigs. Click the links above and contact the venues directly for pricing and availability. (Not all info will be available just yet, but you can let them know your interest and get added to their email list.)

If I’m not coming where you’d like me to be, please do pass along the Workshops page of my website to your favorite venue as that’s frequently how they come about. As always on that page, you can see the full list of where I’ve taught in the past (scroll to bottom), more info on what’s offered, as well as new venues as they’re booked. You can also sign up for my enewsletter to have updated events sent to your inbox. Hope to see you!

PS: If you just can’t make a workshop, my DVD on Surface deco is another option and available right here.

Workshops 2017

Kristen Kieffer stamped mug demo 2016

We are in the midst of blizzard season up here in Massachusetts, so the warmer weather of workshop season can’t come fast enough! Below is what I currently have booked to teach this year, so get your playtime scheduled:

I’ll be heading to the way western part of North Carolina to teach a five-day hands-on at Cullowee Mountain Arts in Sylva, June 26 – 30.

The next month I’ll be heading to Canada to teach a four-day hands-on workshop at the Rozynski Arts Center in Québec, July 27 – 30.

And lastly (so far), I’ll be heading west to teach a two-day hands-on workshop at Belvedere Ceramic Arts in Pagosa Springs, CO, October 20-21.

All my workshops and most techniques are equally suitable for both throwers and hand-builders with basic skills required. Click the links above and contact the venues for pricing and availability. (Not all info may be available just yet, but you can let them know your interest.)

If I’m not coming where you’d like me to be, please do pass along the Workshops page of my website to your favorite venue as that’s frequently how they come about. As always on that page, you can see the full list of where I’ve taught in the past (scroll to bottom), more info on what’s offered, as well as new venues as they’re booked (like CA for 2018!). Hope to see you!

PS: If you just can’t make a workshop, I do have a DVD on Surface deco available right here.

Workshops 2016

Kristen Kieffer Workshop, River Oaks Arts Center, Louisiana Workshops for 2016 are coming up quick…in fact, I already taught one! (At the River Oaks Arts Center in Alexandria, LA, pictured above.) Get your playtime with me scheduled! Below is what I currently have booked to teach this year:

Coming up in just a couple weeks, I’m headed to the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA for a two-day hands-on workshop on May 21st & 22nd.

Next is the super fun Potters Council Conference where I will be demonstrating with fellow potters Ayumi Horie, Kari Radasch, & Kathy King at the Maine College of Art in Portland on June 11 & 12.

At the end of June I’m headed to my undergrad alma mater to teach a two-week hands-on workshop at Alfred University in Alfred, NY from June 27 – July 8.

Just before Labor Day weekend, I’ll be back teaching a five-day hands-on workshop at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC from August 29 – September 2, which will be followed by my being a guest at Michael Kline‘s studio for Cousins in Clay Labor Day weekend!

Lastly (so far), I’ll be a presenter alongside a spectacular list of fellow potters at the only-every-four-years Utilitarian Clay VII Symposium at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, September 21 – 24, which is already sold out.

All my workshops and most techniques are equally suitable for both throwers and hand-builders with basic skills required. Click the links above and contact the venues for pricing and availability.

If I’m not coming where you’d like me to be, please do pass along the Workshops page of my website to your favorite venue as that’s frequently how they come about. As always on that page, you can see the full list of where I’ve taught in the past (scroll to bottom), more info on what’s offered, as well as new venues as they’re booked. Hope to see you!

PS: If you just can’t make a workshop, I do have a DVD on Surface deco available right here.