In this video, studio potter Kristen Kieffer demonstrates her favorite and signature decoration techniques as she has taught in dozens of workshops across the U.S. The goal of this instructional video is to show techniques that may be unfamiliar, offer a new take on the traditional, and generally inspire interest in the potential of the ceramic surface.
The techniques demonstrated include stamp-making and stamping (done at a stage Kristen refers to as “suede”); wet slip techniques such as slip-trailing, slip-sponging, and paper resist; as well as subtractive techniques like Mishima and water-etching. Eleven techniques are covered. --> View the 3 minute video trailer for the DVD at her website here: KiefferCeramics.com/DVD
"I spent five days in the spring of 2009 demonstrating in my own home studio for this how-to/instructional DVD on surface decoration for ceramics (pottery, sculpture and tile). I believe this to be a high quality video with fun and informative techniques. Indeed, I have heard from quite a few pleased purchasers and have posted a few of their comments below. I thank all of you for your interest and strong support for this independent project." ~ Kristen Kieffer
Kristen Kieffer is a full-time studio potter and workshop instructor. She earned her BFA from Alfred University and MFA from Ohio University. Kristen has exhibited widely, has work in numerous private and public collections, and has taught workshops at craft centers and universities nationwide. To see her upcoming workshop and exhibition schedule visit her website: www.KiefferCeramics.com.
Appropriate for all skill levels.
Total running time: 1 hour, 23 minutes
© 2010 Kristen Kieffer. All rights reserved
1. Stamp-making, Stamping & Suede
Working w. wet slip
4. Paper Resist
5. “DQ” & Combing
Subtractive techniques and leatherhard slip
10. Incising, Carving & Piercing
"Got my DVD today and I must say its wonderful. Its like sitting next to you and having a private tutor. But being able to rewind to any part and relive it again. Great video. Worth every cent. " ~ T. vD.
"Received my DVD. Patiently (not) waited for my family to go to bed and stayed up til 12:50 watching. It was like eating really exquisite chocolate, and I can do it over and over. Thank you so much." ~ L. W.
"Thank you so much, there is no doubt I’ll use some of your shared techniques and advices in my works. Very particular, full and interesting information. Once again – thank you :)" ~ L. B. in Lithuania
"I just finished watching your DVD ~ LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise. It’s extra special that you did this project with your father :)" ~ K. C.
"Wow I received my DVD this afternoon!!! I have watched it through and am so inspired to try all of the techniques out. I am new to pottery and have admired your work on line for some time, have tried to make stamps, but was carving them in clay, not very successful. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. Thank you sooooooo much for making this great dvd, I look forward to the next one you make." ~ S. A.
Peer Review. The next set of wonderful comments (in brief on the trailer and DVD case, and in full below) are by a selection of very talented and well-respected ceramic artists who I solicited to review a copy of the DVD and offer their opinion. I am very appreciative for their time, thoughtful comments and genuine support.
“This DVD shows that Kristen is not only a talented potter, but also a gifted teacher. It is a great resource for both students and teachers alike. Kristen demonstrates a wide range of decorating techniques for soft to leather hard clay, in a friendly and articulate manner. If you have ever stood before a row of freshly made pots wondering how to enhance the surface, this DVD is a must. You come away feeling that the possibilities for surface decoration are endless”. ~ Sandi Pierantozzi, Studio Potter and Ceramics Instructor, Philadelphia, PA
“Kristen is a wealth of information as is reflected in this DVD. It is clear that some of her techniques must have revealed themselves only after spending years of hard work in the studio. Even some of the more traditional techniques she demonstrates are imbued with her innovative twists. The DVD is clear, concise and well organized; perfect to accompany any ceramics course (both pottery and sculpture). She engages the viewer and inspires them to put their own unique spin on various techniques whether they are potters or sculptors. I plan to show this DVD as yet another tool in the classroom as it includes a wide variety of surface techniques with instant results.” ~ Rebekah Bogard, Ceramic Artist and Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
“This is a front-row seat to a great workshop in clay surface design. Kristen presents each demonstration in real time with very little editing, so her presentation feels very genuine. You can grasp the techniques to the point where you feel as if you could begin working right after watching it. She does an excellent job clearly describing a wide range of decorative processes that can apply to any skill level. This DVD would be perfect for anyone looking to expand their range of techniques in embellishing the physical surface of clay.” ~ Sam Chung, Studio Potter and Professor, Arizona State University
“Kristen’s thoughtful and thorough explanations and demonstrations of surface techniques are inspiring and accessible. I found myself wanting to press PAUSE, grab some clay and start stamping! Kristen’s approach is very personal – you are right there with her in her private studio, with her exquisite pots poised on nearby shelves as beautiful examples of each technique described. The close-up camera work provides lots of “ooh” moments, while Kristen’s running narrative is full of unique metaphors for understanding clay characteristics. Students, hobbyists and pros can all benefit from this – whether it’s quick tips or expert tricks, Kristen’s comprehensive collection of surface decoration techniques sparks ideas.” ~ Christa Assad, Ceramic Artist, Berkeley, CA
“Kristen presents a richly varied, solid instruction that encourages the learner to go on and develop a personal approach. Well conceived and thorough.”
~ John Glick, Studio Potter, Plum Tree Pottery, Farmington Hills, MI
“The video suggests that a workshop with Kristen would be informative and fun. Technically clear and focused, the video is well made: lighting and sound are professionally done and filming supports the demos to give a clear view of the processes being demonstrated. Tips are insightful and practical, and include aesthetic as well as technical advice. Kristen shows how she uses these methods in her work, and offers suggestions about how other people may find somewhat different uses of the tools and methods helpful for their own works. She generously and clearly shares the methods she’s developed over time in her own studio. Her discussion of line, design, and pattern concerns offer an understanding of her working thoughts and the potential for personal application by the viewer. Kristen’s video shows a variety of well-illustrated decoration techniques that make me want to get to my studio and try them as soon as possible.” ~ Linda Arbuckle, Studio Potter and Professor, University of Florida
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