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Kristen Kieffer Workshop

Alteration & Ornamentation - 2011

Kristen Kieffer will lead this three-day, hands-on workshop focusing on altering wheel-thrown and hand-built forms a little and a lot. Participants will then embellish those forms with an array of decorating techniques from stamping and slip-trailing to sponging and resists. The result can be functional or sculptural, minimal or extravagant.

Kristen will demonstrate throwing, altering and building off the wheel, darting, slip-decorating, stamp-making, and stamping. Participants will leave the workshop with a collection of new skills and the confidence to play and draw from their own influences. The workshop will include hands-on stamp making, and participants will leave with a collection of their own bisqued stamps.

Kristen approaches the vessel as a drawing in three dimensions, with a focus on line, edge and shadow. She uses pattern for ornamentation, with smaller details complementing the bold lines of the form. Participants will learn how Kristen draws patterning ideas from fabric, jewelry, architecture and furniture. The workshop will include discussion of aesthetics and proportion, timing in clay, idea-generation, and progression one's own work with learned techniques.

The workshop requires basic hand-building OR wheel-throwing skill. There will be limited access to wheels to create basic forms with the focus on building, altering, combining, and decorating at the participant's work stations.

Class size 16.

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Artist talk w/slides
April 28, 2011, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Three day Workshop
Hands on
April 29 - May 1, 2011
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Kristen Kieffer Bio

Kristen Kieffer is a full-time studio potter and Workshop Instructor in Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University and MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. Her professional experience includes being an Artist-in-Residence with studio potter John Glick in Farmington Hills, MI, as well as at Guldagergård in Skælskør, Denmark, the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA. Kristen has exhibited her work internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions, as well as taught workshops around North America at craft centers and universities. She has work in numerous private and public collections including the Taipei County Yingee Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, the Guldagergård Museum of International Ceramic Art in Skælskør, Denmark, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN.

Kristen Kieffer Artist Statement

My work aligns itself with the detail, sophistication and beauty of a bygone era, though my desire is to evoke an air of 21st century extravagance. Within the parameters of the ceramic vessel, I am interested in investigating line, form and detail.

My primary influences are clothing and metalworking. In past cultures and times, both clothing and metal forms had the ability to be simultaneously decorative and usable. The hard lines of vintage corsetry, Elizabethan dress and couture costuming, and conversely the soft lines of Art Nouveau silver, Islamic brass and American silver, intrigue me; soft material making hard edges, and hard material yielding soft forms. As I throw, alter and build with clay, I am drawing in three-dimensions, deciding what kind of line, edge and shadow will best accentuate the pot's silhouette.

Pattern is another influence. I use repetitive pattern and accents to compliment or define form. Patterning ideas come from fabric, jewelry, architecture and furniture. These external embellishments are smaller, detailed lines and shapes giving strength to the bold lines defining the pot's shape. My choice of monochrome color (a cue from the metalworking) allows the pattern to coexist with but not dominate the form.

Form is my primary interest as an object-maker, followed by ornamentation and function. I am ultimately interested in formal investigations of line and detail to define form in my work.

Kristen Kieffer Resume

Education:
1998-2001 Ohio University, Athens, OH, MFA in Ceramics, Summa Cum Laude
1993-1995 N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, BFA in Ceramics, Magna Cum Laude
1990-1993 Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, Associate Art Degree in Studio Arts with Honors
Professional Experience:
2007-2010 Member Board of Directors and Marketing Convener, Studio Potter Magazine
2010 Co-Inviter Artists-Invite-Artists Residency w. Rebekah Bogard, Watershed, Edgecomb, ME
Juror, Earthworks exhibition, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
2009 Adjunct Instructor, Summer session, Harvard University Arts Program, Boston MA
2008 Arists-Invite-Artists Resident, Watershed Ctr. for the Ceramic Arts, Edgecomb, ME
2007-2008 Ceramics Instructor, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
2007 Co-Juror, Regional Undergrad/Grad Student Juried Exhibition for NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 Resident Artist, Guldagergård, Museum of International Ceramic Art, Skælskør, Denmark (4 weeks)
2001-2003 Resident Artist & Workshops Coordinator, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
1998-2001 Teaching Associate & Assistant, Ohio University, Athens, OH
1997-1998 Resident Artist, Ceramics Instructor, Gallery Assistant, Visiting Lecturer, Arrowmont School of Arts
and Crafts and Sevier County Schools, TN
Resident Artist and Assistant to John Glick, Plum Tree Pottery, Farmington Hills, MI
1995-1996 Pottery Intern, Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI
Publications:
2010 Featured on the cover, Clay Times, Jan/Feb, Vol 16, Issue 85.
500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. Lark, pp. 227, 373 & 405.
2009 "2009 NCECA Biennial, The Clay National: An Independent Review by Anthony Merino", Ceramics Art and Perception, Vol. 19, Issue 4, p.110.
Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel throwing. Emily Reason. Lark Books, pp. 50, 78 & 103.
2008 Hand Building. Shay Amber. Lark Books
Surface Design for Ceramics. Maureen Mills. Lark Books, pp. 128, 139 & 140.
500 Plates & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function & Style. Lark, p. 318.
500 Tiles: An Inspiring Collection of International Work, Lark Books, p. 307.
2007 "Kristen Kieffer's Ceramics: Tailoring wheel-thrown forms into new profiles", New England Craft Connoisseur, Vol. 10, issue 3, p.7 .
2006 Ceramics with Mixed Media. Joy Bosworth. U. of Penn Press. p. 18.
"West Meets East: A Contemporary Pottery Show", Clay Times, May/June, Vol. 12, p.21.
500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. Lark Books, pp. 190 & 269.
2005 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace. Lark Books, pp. 15 & 344 (images).
2004 "Starting Out" article series, by Kristen Kieffer, et al, Studio Potter, December Vol. 33, No. 1.
"Of Mind & Body: The Work of Kristen Kieffer", Critical Ceramics, by Forrest Snyder, Nov/Dec, www.criticalceramics.org
Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Robin Hopper. Krause Publications. p. 120.
2003 "Emerging Artists 2003", Ceramics Monthly, May issue, Volume 51, Number 5, p. 74.
"Kristen's Secret: The Lingerie Connection", Clay Times, by K. T. Anders, Jan/Feb, pp. 16-19.
2002 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. Lark, pp. 271, 404 & 411.
2001 The Art of Contemporary Pottery. Krauss Publications, p. 87.
1998 The Ceramic Design Book: A Gallery of Contemporary Work. Lark Books, p. 26.
Permanent Collections:
Taipei County Yingee Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Guldagergård, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
AKAR Design Gallery & Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA
Nidec-Shimpo America Corporation, Itasca, IL
Union University, Jackson, TN
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Clay Times, Waterford, VA
John Folse Culinary Institute, Thibodaux, LA
Southern Pottery Equipment, Thibodaux, LA
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI
Selected Exhibitions Since 2000:
2011 Solo Exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
2010 Plates & Platters, Invitational, Little Gallery, Lynn, MA
Cup: A National Invitational, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
Clay Invitational, Steven Hill Pottery & Center Street Clay, Sandwich, IL
Porcelain, MudFire Clayworks & Gallery, Decatur, GA
Contemporary Clay Biennial 2010, Western Colorado Ctr. for the Arts, Best of Show Award, JUROR: Pete Pinnell, Grand Junction, CO
Encore, Baltimore Clayworks Invitational, Baltimore, MD
Sumptuous Elegance, Schaller Gallery, Invitational, Online
Salad Days Pottery Invitational, Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts, Edgecomb, ME
Studio Pottery, Ferrin Gallery/Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, Philly, PA (NCECA)
Artaxis.org Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Member Curated, Cheltenham, PA (NCECA)
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay/Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, Philly, PA (NCECA)
Strictly Functional-Then & Now, Marriot Courtyard, Invitational, Philly, PA (NCECA)
National Ceramic Tile Invitational, Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Celebrating Ten Years Invitational, m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ
Made in Clay: Sustainable Sweets, Invitational, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design, Iowa City, IA
Eight Fluid Ounces, Glassell Gallery, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Faculty Exhibition, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2009 Cups Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Adorned, Invitational, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Gifts from the Hand, Invitational, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2009 Studio Pottery Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Adornment Adored, Jewelry Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Think Outside the Box, Invitational, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
The Animal Within: Ceramicists Working with Animal Imagery, Brenau U., Gainesville, GA
4 Invite 4, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
Hubbub: An Upraise from the Northeast, Red Star Studios Ceramics Center, Invitational, Kansas City, MO
Mug*Shots, MudFire Clayworks & Gallery, Invitational, Decatur, GA
Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Small Favors IV, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition, Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramics Research Ctr.,
NCECA Purchase Award, JURORS: Jeanne Quinn, Chris Staley and Christy Johnson, Phoenix, AZ
Made In Clay Invitational, Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, NY
Box, Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Spoon it! Fork it! Cut it Up!, Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design, Iowa City, IA
First Annual Beyond the Brickyard Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, JUROR: Patti Warashina, Helena, MT
Teapots: Functional, Formal and Narrative, Foster Gallery, U. of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
The Infinite Teapot, Ohio Craft Museum, Invitational, Columbus, OH
2008 Flora: Bogonovich, Divkey, Dondero, Hatch, Ludwig and Kieffer, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
'Tis a Gift Holiday Show, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Dinnerware, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
20/20 Vision, Alaska State Museum, Invitational, Juneau, AK
Cups Invitational, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
Art of Dining, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Ct. for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Bottles, Lawrence Arts Center, Invitational, Lawrence, KS
The Artful Tabletop, Lyndhurst, Julia Galloway curator, Tarrytown, NY
The Body in Pots Invitational, Red Star Studios, Nick Joerling curator, Kansas City, MO
Sip, Slurp, Gulp, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
Go Green and Duets, Dow Studio, Invitationals, Deer Isle, ME
Cups Invitational, Red Star Studios, Lynn Smiser Bowers curator, Kansas City, MO
Wall of Cups Invitational, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
For the House & Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Invitational, Detroit, MI
La Mesa, Westin Convention Center/Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Pittsburgh, PA (NCECA)
Made In Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Invitational, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Porcelain Now-The Alfred Connection: Kristen Kieffer, Andy Shaw & Albion Stafford,
The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
Potters Juxtaposed: Many Hands, Many Visions, Maude Carter Gallery, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA
Second Annual Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design, Iowa City, IA
2007 Enduring Legacy: Highlights from "New in the Collection 2006-2007",
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA
Gifted, The Clay Studio, Invitational, Philadelphia, PA
Holiday Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
90 Teapots That Pour, Xen Gallery, Invitational, St. Louis, MO
The Tea Party Revisited: Focus on Function Invitational, P!NCH, Northampton, MA
For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
Drink It In, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Ctr. for Crafts, Invitational, Worcester, MA
Consider the Cup Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
Kristen Kieffer: In the Niche, The Clay Studio, Solo Invitational, Philadelphia, PA
National Pottery Invitational, Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, WV
Faculty Show, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Ctr. for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Table Tops, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Invitational, Loveladies, NJ
Evolution-John Glick & 9 Former Assistants, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
La Mesa, Louisville Marriot Downtown/Santa Fe Clay, Invite, Louisville, KY (NCECA)
Ohio University: 1990 Until Now, River Bend Winery, Louisville, KY (NCECA)
Placing Importance, Invitational, Louisville, KY (NCECA)
Flower Power: Vessels of Containment, The Clay Studio, Invitational, Philadelphia, PA
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Design, Iowa City, IA
The New Aesthetics of Ceramics, Robert Wilson Gallery, Huntington, U., Invitational, Huntington, IN
2006 Box It Up!, exploding head gallery, Invitational, Sacramento, CA
Artists' Market, The Store at DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Invite, Lincoln, MA
Winterfest National Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
The Teapot Exhibition, College of Arts & Sciences Gallery, Invitational, U. of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Tea cups & Tumblers, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Invitational, Portland, ME
For the House & Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Invitational, Detroit, MI
Looking Back, Looking Forward, Fuller Craft Museum, Ceramic Invitational, Brockton, MA
100 Teapots, S"K Gallery, Ceramic Invitational, Gualala, CA
West Meets East, Montgomery College, Ceramic Invitational, Rockville, MD
Tactile Appeal, Mark Woolley Gallery, Ceramic Invitational, Portland, OR (NCECA)
ArtStream Tour, Airstream Nomadic Gallery, Portland, OR (NCECA) and Northwest Tour
At Your Service, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
An Extravagance of Salt & Pepper: Containers/Shakers/Concepts, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Bowls, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Ceramic Invitational, Fort Wayne, IN
Affinity for the Cup II, exploding head gallery, Invitational, Sacramento, CA
Art of the Pot Reunion Exhibiton, ClayWays Pottery & Gallery, Invitational, Austin, TX
2005 Diverse Domain-Contemporary North American Ceramic Art, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, NCECA Invitational Exhibition, Museum Acquisition, Taipei, Taiwan
The Art of Fine Craft, Elder Gallery, JUROR: Glen R. Brown, Third Place Award, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Visions in Clay, Reynolds Gallery, JUROR: Adrian Saxe, Corporate Award, U. of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
16 Women: 16 Perspectives, Red Star Studios, Invitational, Kansas City, MO
4th Annual Soda/Salt National, Clay Studio of Missoula, JUROR: Gail Nichols, Missoula, MO
The Box, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
Contemporary Functional Ceramics: Transcending Utilitarian Concerns, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Invitational, Fort Wayne, IN
Teapots, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Ceramic Invitational, Fort Wayne, IN
The Contemporary Cup, LillStreet Art Center, Invitational, Chicago, IL
Gender & the Vessel: Perceptions of Masculinity & Femininity, Ceramic Invitational, Craig Flinner
Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD (NCECA)
Cups, Cups, Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
Kristen Kieffer, Ayumi Horie and Delores Fortuna, LillStreet Art Center, Invitational, Chicago, IL
13th Annual Strictly Functional, Lancaster Museum of Art, JUROR: J. Glick, Lancaster, PA
Cross-Currents, St. Andrew's-Sewanee Gallery, Ceramic Invitational, Sewanee, TN
2004 30th Invitational Pottery Show & Sale, Old Church Cultural Ctr., Demarest, NJ
Small Treasures, Lill Street Art Center, Clay Invitational, Chicago, IL
All Fired Up, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Invitational, Dunedin, FL
Forms & Shapes: The Box, AKAR Gallery, JUROR: Maren Kloppman, Iowa City, IA
Six Potters By the Sea II, Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Ceramic Invitational, Gualala, CA
Butter Dish, Odyssey Gallery, Clay Invitational, Odyssey Ctr. for Ceramic Arts, Asheville,NC
A Show of Bowls, Red Star Studios Ceramics Center, Invitational, Kansas City, MO
Gather 'Round the Table, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Ceramic Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Cup, C.A.S. Gallery, Multi-media Invitational, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
4th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Best of Show Award, JUROR: Janet Buskirk,
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Art of the Pot, First Annual, Studio tour & sale, Invitational, Austin, TX
The State of Clay, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, JUROR: P. Beasecker, Lexington, MA
excellence in ceramics, exploding head gallery, Clay Invitational, Sacramento, CA
Service: An Unconventional Approach, Invite, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
The Big Show, Four Star Gallery, Clay Invitational, Indianapolis, IN (NCECA)
Power of Pottery Invitational Exhibition, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL
2003 29th Invitational Pottery Show & Sale, Old Church Cultural Ctr., Demarest, NJ
Faculty Biennial, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Ctr. for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Functional Pottery Invitational, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Women in Clay: Pots for Daily Use, Odyssey Gallery, Invitational, Asheville, NC
Fresh A-I-R, Krikorian Gallery, W.C.C., Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Worcester
& Sam Morgan: New Work in Porcelain, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, OR
Hundreds of Cups, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, National Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
Contemporary Ceramics: & Vincent Burke, Napa Mill, Napa, CA
Form + Function: New Work by Kristen Kieffer & Sam Chung, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
NCECA Clay National Exhibition, David Zaph Gallery, Tradition of Excellence Purchase Award,
JURORS: Jeff Oestreich, Patty Warashina & Joe Bova, San Diego, CA
An Affinity for the Cup, exploding head gallery, Invitational, Sacramento, CA
DinnerWorks Exhibit, Louisville Art Assoc., Invitational, Louisville, KY
DessertWorks '03, Ronald Barr Gallery, IU Southeast, Invitational, New Albany, IN
2002 28th Invitational Pottery Show & Sale, Old Church Cultural Ctr., Demarest, NJ
Mastery in Clay: New Work, The Clay Studio, Invitational Exhibit/Auction, PA
Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay, JUROR: Richard Notkin, Tulsa, OK
North American Dishmakers, Airstream Nomadic Gallery, Fall Tour/East Coast
RSVP: The Dinnerware Invitational, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
4 Hands/2 Minds/1 Object: Artists' Collaborations, Penland Gallery, Invitational w/ Joe Bova, Penland, NC
Fresh A-I-R, Krikorian Gallery, W.C.C., Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, Worcester
10th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, JUROR: Jack Troy, Lancaster, PA
The Vase, Peck Gallery, JUROR: Jacquelyn Rice, Providence, RI
NCECA Silent Auction, Endowment Invitational, Kansas City, MO
Utilitarian Ceramics National, Ameen Gallery, JUROR: Ron Meyers, Thibodaux, LA
Prevailing Winds, Young & Constantin Gallery, Ceramic Ex., Wilmington, VT
2001 Faculty Biennial, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Ctr. for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Le Grand Buffet, The Clay Studio, Invitational Exhibit/Auction, Phila., PA
Ceramic Trends, Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, KS
Annual Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Invitational Exhibition, Phila., PA
Ostensibly Ornate, MFA Thesis Exhibition (solo), Trisolini Gallery, Athens, OH
10 Years of Clay-Arrowmont Resident Artists, Charlotte, NC (NCECA)
Six Degrees, Trish Higgins Fine Art, Ceramic Invitational, Wichita, KS
The First Ten Years Exhibition: Arrowmont's Artist-In-Residence Program, TN
2000 Winterfest 2000, Baltimore Clayworks, Ceramic Invitational, Baltimore, MD
Impressions In Clay, Chester Springs Studio, Juried Ceramics Exhibition, JUROR: Linda Christianson,
Chester Springs, PA
Couplets: Duality in Clay, The Clay Studio, Invitational, Philadelphia, PA
Utilitarian Clay III: Celebrate the Object, Invitational Ex. & Symposium, TN
8th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Juror's Choice Award, JUROR: Ken Ferguson, Lancaster, PA
A Touch of Porcelain, Red Rocks Community College, Invitational, Denver, CO (NCECA)
artsinterface2000, Fine Arts Center, Ceramics Exhibition, Camden, SC
Chef John Folse Culinary Inst. 2nd Annual Utilitarian Ceramics National, Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State U., Purchase Awards (2), JUROR: Bill Griffith, Thibodaux, LA