Bio

Kristin Muller is the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ, a passionate ceramic artist and writer and adjunct instructor for the graduate ceramics program at Hood College.  Kristin grew up in both South and North America attending schools in Argentina, Chile and the United States.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Arts from Southern Connecticut State University, a Graduate Certificate and Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Hood College.  Before taking on the role of Director of Peters Valley she was the Education Director, Gallery Curator and Ceramics Instructor at Brookfield Craft Center, an adjunct instructor at both Southern Connecticut State University and Albertus Magnus College.  Her studio and home are located in Dingmans Ferry, PA where she fires an Anagama hybrid kiln with wood that was built by Takao Okazaki.  Her book “ The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Start to Finish Guide to Hand-built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics” published by Quarry books in 2007 has been translated into Dutch and Swedish languages. Her newest book was co-authored with Jacklyn Scott and Tommy Simpson "Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being and Artist Craftsman" was published by Schiffer Books in April of 2017. Kristin exhibits her work nationally and teaches workshops.

Education

2014 Master if Fine Arts Ceramic Arts, Hood College, Fredrick, Maryland

2008 Graduate Certificate in Ceramics, Hood College, Fredrick, Maryland

1990 Bachelor of Science, Studio Art-Ceramics, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut

Professional Experience

2009-Present Executive Director, Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ

2015-Present Adjunct Instructor, Graduate School, Hood College, Frederick, MD

2017 Judge for the 2017 American Craft Expo, Evanston, IL

2017 Judge for Best of Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Juror for Naples National Art Festival, Naples, FL

2017 Juror for the 2017 Craft Alliance Shows Chatagua, NY

2016 Juror for the 2016 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

2016 Juror for the 2017 Downtown Naples New Years Art Show

2015 Adjunct Instructor, Hood College Frederick, MD

2015 Panelist- The Emil Milan Symposium at Center for Art in Wood Philadelphia, PA 
With Barry Gordon, Phil Jurus, Norm Santorius, Elizabeth Agro, Jennifer Scanlon, Jennifer Zwilling, Andrew Willner and Albert LeCoff

2015 Panelist for "The Craft School Experience " at the Alliance for Artist Communities Conference Providence, RI with Ennis Carter and Stuart Kestenbaum

2014  Panelist for "The Craft School Experience" at SOFA Chicago with JIm Baker, Jean McLaughlin, Bill May, Stuart Kestenbaum, Raissa Bump, David Ellsworth and Wendy Maruyama moderated by Ennis Carter of Social Impact Studios.

2013 SUNY Purchase Guest Speaker for Beth Ireland-Windgate Charitable Foundation Artist Residency closing reception on September 16th.

2010-14 Workshop Instructor at Hood College on Eastern and Western Trimming Techniques in Frederick MD 

2012 Panelist for discussion at NCECA conference, Seattle, WA “Women Who Wood Fire” led by Coll Minogue

2012 Visiting Artist at Frederick Community College in Frederick MD

2011 Visiting Instructor at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ- Firing the Anagama

2010 Visiting Instructor at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ- Intro. to Pottery on the Wheel

2007 Panelist at the NCECA conference, Louisville, KY “The Cultural and Economic Impact of Community Craft Centers” Presenters: Deborah Bedwell, Rand Haezlitt, Kristin Müller. Moderator: Polly Beach.

2005-08 Curator of the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2005 Collaboration with Tommy Simpson, 40 year retrospective at Leo Kaplan Modern NY.

2000 Established Studio in Dingmans Ferry, PA. Purchased form Takao Okazaki who build an Anagama-hybrid Kiln in 1995.

2000-09 Education Director Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1997-99 Adjunct Instructor Albertus Magnus College, Hamden, CT

1996-2000 Firing Assistant to Takao Okazaki of Kaminoyama Japan in Pennsylvania.

1995-2005 Pottery Collaboration Abbey of Regional Laudis, Bethlehem, CT

Worked with M. Perpetua Giampietro at Master Potter Emanuelle Rondinoni of Italy

1995-2004 Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

1994-2002 Firing Assistant, Peter Callas Studio, Belvidere, NJ

Participated in all aspects of firing of the Anagama Kiln

1994-2007 Resident Potter Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1994-2005 Howe Street Clay Studio with Chris Alexiades,  New Haven, CT

1990-93 Kristin Muller Pottery, Columbus, OH

1989-90 Design and Production Manager of Ceramic Buttons, Craftmark Inc., Delaware, OH

1987-89 Ceramic Studio Assistant, Southern Connecticut State University

1987 Center for Creative Youth Teaching Assistant and Dorm Counselor, Wesleyan University, CT

Curatorial Experience

2013 “Riding the Wave: 30 Years of the Peters Valley Anagama”, co-curator with Brienne Rosner and Bruce Dehnert, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ August-October 2013

2012  "Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art" Juror, Newtown Hooked Rug Show, Newtown, CT

2008 Curator, "Journey of Discovery", group exhibition, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2007 Curator, "Zoomorphic Clay: Predator, Prey and Play", Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2001 Curator, "Muse of the Wild: Animal Inspirations", Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1998 Curator, "Salt Fired: Form and Surface", Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1997 Juror, Trumball Arts Festival, Trumball, CT

2007 Curator, "Woodfiring in the Northeast", Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

Published

2017 Making Good An Inspirational Guide to Being and Artist Craftsman, Scott, Muller and Simpson, Schiffer Books, 2017

2017 "So You Want to Woodfire", Studio Potter, Women in Ceramics Winter/Spring 2017 Vol. 45 no. 1 digital edition

2016 "A Continuum" The Log Book: International Wood-Fired Ceramics Publication Issue 66

2016  "Maker Moxie" Exhibition Catalog Essay, Peters Valley School of Craft 

2011 The Potter’s Complete Studio Handbook: The Essential, Start-to-Finish Guide for Ceramic Artists, Muller and Zamek, Quarry Publishing 2011

2009 "Enamorada de la Quema a Lena", Esteka Revista de Ceramica Contemporanea, Abril-Octubre #7

2008 "A Winter Tea Bowl: Takao Okazaki's Carving Process", Clay Times, July-August 2008

2008 "High Touch", NCECA Journal, January 2008

2007 Author of The Potter's Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics, Quarry Publisher, November 2007

Citations in Publications

Lauryn Axelrod, "Passing the Torch" Studio Potter, Women in Ceramics Winter/Spring 2017 Vol. 45 no. 1

Tammy La Gorce, "Three Decades of Conversations with Fire" Arts/New Jersey,  The New York Times, August 23, 2013

Joe Campbell, “Tea Bowls, Teabowls” Clay Times Magazine, July-August 2008. p.40-42

Mary Conseur, “Fun at Work for Borough Potter”, The Citizen’s News, June 3-9, 2005. p.3

Alice Tessier, “Brookfield and the Bowls”, the Litchfield County Times, May 2003. p.43-45

“Bowlfest 2002”, the New York Times, CT, June 9, 2002 p.18

“Summer’s the Perfect Time to learn a New Craft”, Inside Fairfield County, June 2002

Bess Leibenson, “Stretching the Ideas of Animal Imagery”, The New York Times, March 4, 2001. p.9

“Animals Influence Craft Center Show”, Voices, January 31, 2001. p.39

Rich Pomerantz, “A Fresh Start for Brookfield Craft Center”, Clay Times, July/August 1999. p.33-34

“Salt Invitational”, Ceramics Monthly, January 1999. p.12

“Broadway, Here We Come”, Ceramics Monthly, June 1998. p.24

“Salt-Fired: Form & Surface” & “Clay on Broadway”, Clay Times, May/June 1998. pp.22-23

David Goetzl, “Potter Puts New Spin on Broadway”, The News Times Sunday, April 19, 1998

Bess Liebenson, “Meditation and Hard Work, Making Pottery and Making Music”, The New York Times, Sunday March 1, 1998

“A Trail of Connecticut Craft Centers”, Brochure, Connecticut Tourism Council

Wendy Carlson, “Art Work”, The News Times, January 28, 1998

Virginia Adams, “ Artists Salute Silo’s Silver Anniversary”, The News Times, January 19, 1997