I make pottery that rings elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday rather than saving it for a specific occasion. 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 these Victorian Modern porcelain vessels range from 18th century silver pieces to Elizabethan and couture clothing and from Art Nouveau illustrations to cake fondant and vintage wallpaper. Such diversity combined with my own background and distinct studio processes cultimate into a unique style. Graceful forms, refined patterns and lively colors convey a design that is robust as well as elegant and cheery.

I am intrigued by the relationship between function and ornamentation: observing how decoration informs use, questioning the balance between utility and beauty, and appreciating - that in past eras - the two could indeed happily coexist in one object.

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. I use repetitive patterns and accents to compliment and define form. These external embellishments are smaller, detailed lines and shapes giving strength to the bold lines defining the pot's shape. My choice of mostly monochrome color (a cue from the metal objects I love) allows the pattern to coexist with but not dominate the form.

Within the parameters of the ceramic vessel, I am interested in investigating line, form and detail, coaxing a soft material that becomes hard to look soft again.

Studio Artist and Sole Proprietor, Kieffer Ceramics, Baldwinville, MA
Workshop Presenter and Lecturer
Ceramics Instructor, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Adviser, Studio Potter Magazine

Ohio University, Athens, OH, MFA in Ceramics, Summa Cum Laude
N.Y.S.C.C. at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, BFA in Ceramics, Magna Cum Laude
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, Associate Art Degree in Studio Arts with Honors

Member Board of Di­rectors and Marketing Convener, Studio Potter Magazine
Resident Artist, Guldagergard, Museum of INternational Ceramic Art, Skaelskor, Denmark (4 weeks)
Resident Artist & Workshop Coordinator, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
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
Pottery Intern, Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

Museum Purchase, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
Merit Award, 19th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition
Best of Show Award, Contemporary Clay Biennial 2010
NCECA Purchase Award, NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition
Museum Purchase, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Museum Purchase, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum,Taipei, Taiwan
Corporate Award, Bailey’s Pottery Equipment, Visions in Clay
Third Place Award, The Art of Fine Craft
2003 Tradition of Excellence Purchase Award, NCECA Clay National Exhibition

“Kristen Kieffer: The Impact of Daily Elegance,” Ceramics Monthly cover with article by Lauren Karle, pp. 40-43, Sept issue.
The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay. Lark, pp. 60 & 61.
“In Vogue”, Cottages & Bungalows, January issue, Volume 5, No. 1, p. 29.
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 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
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
500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace. Lark Books, pp. 15 & 344 (images)
“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,
Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Robin Hopper. Krause Publications. p. 120
500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. Lark, pp. 271, 404 & 411
The Art of Contemporary Pottery. Krauss Publications, p. 87
1998 The Ceramic Design Book: A Gallery of Contemporary Work. Lark Books, p. 26

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Guldagergård, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
AKAR Design Gallery & Architecture, Iowa City, IA
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
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, Baton Rouge, LA
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

Dwelling on the Gulf: Ceramic Artists respond to the Architecture of Galveston, Invitational by George Bowes, Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, TX NCECA
Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray Foundation, JUROR: Andrea Gill, Helena,
Hearty Cuppa Event, Studio KotoKoto, online
Duets, Invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Containment IV All Stars, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Plates & Platters Salon Style, Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Flourish, Invitational, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Yumomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
19th Annual San Angelo Nat’l Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Museum Purchase
and Merit Award, JURORS: Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio, San Angelo, TX
Material: Water & the Ceramic Cup, Invitational, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Teapots/Covet, Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
The Perfect Plate, Lillstreet Art Center, JUROR: Sandy Simon, Chicago, IL
Pots At Rest, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Handle With Care, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Cup: The Intimate Object VIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, online
Three Cups: Vessels for Tea, Invitational, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
Shirts & Skins: Arrowmont Surface Forum Exhibition, Baltimore Clayworks, MD
Potluck, Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Pottery Invitational IV, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Artist Plate, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
The Ceramic Surface, Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Mint Julep Invitational, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis, IN
Lovely Intangibles Solo Exhibition, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
Alchemy: From Dust to Form, Harn Museum of Art, JURORS: Kathy King & Nan Smith, Gainesville, FL (NCECA)
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Tampa, FL NCECA
Tea Time Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Thrown Altered: Vessels Out of Round, Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
Dessert Plates Invitational, AKAR Design, Online and Iowa City, IA
Sixth Annual Simple Cup Invitational, KOBO Gallery at Higo, Seattle, WA
Home Thrown Tableware Exhibition, Pinch Gallery, Northampton, MA
White, Invitational, Schaller Gallery, Online and Benton Harbor, MI
Interpreting the Cup: Process, Influence and Intent, Invitational, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Sharing the Stage: The Contemporary Vase, Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
Contemporary Clay Biennial 2010, Western Colorado Ctr. for the Arts, Best of Show Award, JUROR: Pete Pinnell, Grand Junction, CO
Sumptuous Elegance, Schaller Gallery, Invitational, Online
Studio Pottery, Ferrin Gallery/Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, Philly, PA (NCECA) 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
Made in Clay: Sustainable Sweets, Invitational, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Cups Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Studio Pottery Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
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
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
Box, Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
First Annual Beyond the Brickyard Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, JUROR: Patti Warashina, Helena, MT
The Infinite Teapot, Ohio Craft Museum, Invitational, Columbus, OH
Flora: Bogonovich, Divkey, Dondero, Hatch, Ludwig and Kieffer, Santa Fe Clay, Invitational, Santa Fe, NM
Dinnerware, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
20/20 Vision, Alaska State Museum, Invitational, Juneau, AK
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
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
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
Kristen Kieffer: In the Niche, The Clay Studio, Solo Invitational, Philadelphia, PA
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
Box It Up!, exploding head gallery, Invitational, Sacramento, CA
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
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
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)
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

Bracker’s Good Earth Clays, Workshop Instructor/Two Days, Lawrence, KS
Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Hunter, NY
Louisiana State University, Visiting Artist/Two-day workshop & lecture, Baton Rouge, LA
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Workshop Instructor/Two Days, Troy, NY
Santa Fe Clay, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Santa Fe, NM
Long Beach Island Foundation, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Loveladies, NJ
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Gatlinburg, TN
MudFire, Workshop Instructor/Three Days, Decatur, GA
Wesleyan Potters, Workshop Instructor/Two Days, Middletown, CT
Porcelain II Conference, The Potters Council, Workshop Presenter with Erin Furimsky, Lorna Meaden, and Jennifer McCurdy/Two-days, San Diego, CO
Appalachian Center for Crafts, Workshop Instructor/Five-days, Smithville, TN
Penland School of Crafts, Workshop Instructor/Two-weeks, Penland, NC
Wayne Center for the Arts, Functional Ceramics Workshop Instructor with Dick Lehman and Karl Borgeson/Three-days, Wooster, OH
Hartford School of Art/University of Hartford, Visiting Artist/One-day workshop & crits, Hartford, CT
Jackson Pottery Guild/Ella Sharpe Museum of Art, Workshop Instructor/Two-days, Jackson, MI
Massachusetts College of Art, Visiting Artist/One-day lecture & Demo, Boston, MA
Baltimore Clayworks, Workshop Instructor/Two-days, Baltimore, MD
Greenwich House Pottery, Workshop Instructor/Three-days, New York, NY
Southwest School of Art & Craft, Workshop Instructor/Three-days, San Antonio, TX
Harvard University, Extravagance & Drama Symposium Participant/Lecture and Demo in conjunction with Tables of Content exhibition and symposium at the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, MA
Armory Art Center of the Palm Beaches, Workshop Instructor/Two-days, West Palm Beach, FL
Peters Valley Craft Center, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Layton, NJ
UMass Dartmouth, Visiting Artist/One-day lecture & crits, New Bedford, MA
Mud Flat Studio, Workshop Instructor/Two-days, Somerville, MA
Rhode Island School of Design, Visiting Artist/One-day Lecture & crits, Providence, RI
FUSION: The Ontario Clay & Glass Association, Toronto Potters and Pinetree
Potters Guild, Workshop Instructor/Two Days, Toronto, Ontario
Sierra Nevada College, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Incline Village, NV
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Asheville, NC
Hofstra University/Long Island Craft Guild, Workshop Instructor/Two-days, Hempstead, NY
Mendocino Art Center, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Mendocino, CA
NCECA Conference, Gender & the Vessel Panel Participant, Baltimore, MD
Kansas State University, Visiting Artist/Two-day Workshop and Crits, Manhattan, KS
Emporia State University, Visiting Artist/One-day Workshop & Lecture, Emporia, KS
Georgia State University, Visiting Artist/Two-day Workshop and Crits, Atlanta, GA
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Workshop Instructor/Five Days, Gatlinburg, TN
92nd Street Y, Workshop Instructor/Two-days, New York, NY

Ceramics Instructor, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Instructor for Beginning, Advanced Wheelthrowing, Soda-firing, Mold-making and Porcelain classes; Beginning Handbuilding and Wheelthrowing for Adult Education Programming and MA students through Fitchburg State College and Qunsigamond Community College
Ceramics Instructor, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Beginning and Advanced Wheelthrowing; Beginning Handbuilding
Teaching Assistant & Associate, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Instructor and Assistant for Beginning/Advanced Wheelthrowing, and 3-D Design
Ceramics Instructor & Guest Lecturer, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
Instructor for Adult and Children’s Beginning and Advanced Wheelthrowing

AKAR, Online and Iowa City, IA
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Schaller Gallery, Online
Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Worcester Center for Crafts Gallery Store, Worcester, MA