I make pottery that brings elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday. I have a diverse range of influences and seek to marry the splendor of past eras with a modern desire for beauty and utility. My influences for my Victorian mod & modern porcelain vessels range from 18th century silver service pieces to couture clothing and from Art Nouveau illustrations to cake fondant. Such diversity combined with my own background and distinct studio processes culminate into a unique style. Within the parameters of the ceramic vessel, I am interested in the formal investigation of line, form, and detail.
Kristen Kieffer is a full-time studio potter, workshop presenter, and ceramics instructor living 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 at potter John Glick’s studio in Farmington Hills, MI; Guldagergård in Skælskør, Denmark; and the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. 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 New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, TX.