See You in Houston!

CM Ad for NCECA 2013 Kristen KiefferPictured: Ceramics Monthly ad with pots by Bede and myself.
47th NCECA Conference, March 20-23, 2013
George R. Brown Convention Center ~ Houston, TX
Demonstrating Artists: Bede Clarke, Gerit Grimm,
Kristen Kieffer, and Walter McConnell

Bede Clarke and I are onstage Thursday, 9-noon and Friday, 1-4; Gerit Grimm and Walter McConnell are Th afternoon and Fri morn. The whole NCECA 2013 schedule and details are available right here. Come cheer me on!

Big Honors! CM & NCECA

I’m thrilled to share that my work was chosen for Ceramics Monthly‘s September 2012 cover! CM is the most popular clay magazine in the biz with a total market reach of over 140,000. It is a huge honor that is in conjunction with a thoughtful, four-page article titled “Kristen Kieffer: The Impact of Daily Elegance” written by Kansas State University graduate student Lauren Karle. Big, huge thank yous to Lauren for contacting me, the lovely writing, and hard work through the process. Thank you, Lauren and CM!

The second big honor announcement is that I will be one of four demonstrators at NCECA‘s (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference for 2013 in Houston, TX, March 20 – 23! What a thrill to be asked to demonstrate at the largest annual gathering of clay folk in the world, where upwards of 4,000 makers, teachers, and collectors meet to see great work, listen to provocative lectures and panels, and watch awesome demos. If you’re heading to Houston, come see me on stage Thursday morn, 9-noon and Friday afternoon, 1-4, and give me a cheer of support! Thank you, NCECA!

Workshops 2012

As we start to dream of spring and make summer plans, I thought I would blog the dates for my upcoming workshops. This year started early with two-day demos in Baton Rouge, LA at LSU in January, and Troy, NY at The Arts Center in February.

Next up, Memorial weekend, May 26th, 27th, and 28th, I’ll be close to home for this shorter, three-day hands-on workshop at Snow Farm in Williamburg, MA.

If you’re raring for a five-day hands-on workshop, I hope to see you in the Catskills July 12th – 16th at Sugar Maples in Hunter, NY. And finally, September 29th and 30th, I’ll be out in Lawrence, KS for a two-day demonstration at Bracker’s Good Earth Clays.

If you’d like me to come to your area and there is a venue nearby where workshops are offered, please do pass along my information as that’s frequently how they come about! As always, you can see where I’m teaching and exhibiting next with links for more information on my Schedule Page, as well as review the full list of my hands-on and demo workshops into 2013 on my Workshops Page. Hope to see you!

Escape & Play 2011

As my first workshop of the year approaches, I thought I’d post my 2011 workshop schedule for those of you thinking of warmer weather and planning a time to play and escape!

Two-day demo at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, CT on March 19 – 20. Three-day hands-on at MudFire in Decatur, GA on April 29 – May 1. Five-day hands-on at Long Beach Island Foundation in Loveladies, NJ on June 13 – 17. Five-day hands-on at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM on July 11-15. Five-day hands-on at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN on August 7 – 13. In collaboration with my solo show “Lovely Intangibles,” two-day demo at Plinth Gallery in Denver, CO on Oct 8 – 9. And two-day demo at Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA November 9 -10. Whew!

If there is a venue in your area where you would like to see me teach, please pass along my website url to the workshops coordinator as I begin booking for 2012. That is frequently how they come about! My scheduled workshops are always listed on my Workshops page as they’re booked (where you can also see pics, info and places I’ve taught), as well as with links on my Schedule page.

I’m honored and delighted be invited to teach at such fabulous places, and hope to see some of you soon!

Chicago! Chicago!

♫”…that toddlin’ town…” ♪

I’m on my way to Chicago!  Well, close.  This Wednesday and Thursday (9/22-23), I will be teaching a two-day workshop at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.
I will then be participating in the Fall Pottery Sale at Steven Hill’s gallery and studio, Center Street Clay, in Sandwich, IL on Saturday and Sunday (9/25-26).  I sent 45 pieces for this show including the lovely, large jar on the poster.  If you are even remotely in the region for either or both events, I’d love to see you!

Summer Tour & 2011

I am about to head off on my “2010 Summer Tour,” so thought I’d do a blog post before this almost six week hiatus.  I have been a bit delinquent about writing here lately, and though I post regularly on my Facebook Ceramics page, I’ve just been too busy with my studio sale, making work before leaving, and enjoying being in, or on the porch next to, my perennial garden. Pictured new striped cake stands just unloaded from the glaze kiln (and The Studio Potter thank you postcard for donating via AKAR’s yunomi invitational).

The first leg of my tour is a drive down to North Carolina so I can teach for the first time at the Penland School of Crafts.  I know firsthand how great a place Penland is which makes returning to teach for two weeks with my own large class of 20 (and with ceramic artists Jenny Mendes and Alice Ballard teaching in the other studio), a fantastic treat.

The second trip is my second Artists-Invite-Artists residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. The first time I was invited; this time I am a co-inviter with the talented Rebekah Bogard.  We met during the same AIA residency two years ago, and were having such a wonderful time, that by the second or third night, we sat down and came up with a list of artists for our next residency.  Now two years later, in addition to showing at the Salad Days Pottery Invitational, our AIA group of talented (and fun) artists will be converging on Watershed very soon for two full weeks of making and mayhem: Kurt Anderson, Mark Burns, Jason Green, Bryan Hiveley, Kathy King, Phyllis Kloda, Lorna Meaden and Nick Sevigney. Pictured new striped plates just unloaded from the glaze kiln.

The last stop is not at all the least.  I am very much looking forward to a week of teaching for the first time at the Appalachian Center for Crafts.  And since this workshop is over my birthday, we will have an extra special time! Check out the Schedule page for my fall workshop tour schedule.  Pictured new striped house form, flower bricks just unloaded from glaze kiln.

Which brings me to the beginnings of my schedule for 2011.  Workshops are always being added throughout the year, so check back on my Schedule or Workshops pages. I will be making a return trip in August 2011 to the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts where I was an artist-in residence (1997-98), and taught one of my first workshops in 2004.  I’m looking forward to the new and familiar, and Gatlinburg is always a riot.  Check out Arrowmont’s website for information on their re-location efforts, and how you may be able to help insure this great place has a new space.

So that’s where I’ll be for the next six weeks, and some of where I’ll be at this time next year.  I’ll be back here (home and the blogosphere) in August.  But if you don’t see a post it’s because I’m helping my hubby renovate our bathroom….or catching up on lost time in my garden.  Happy Summer, everyone!