Jeffrey Kleckner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Ohio and a MFA from So. Illinois University. He has taught ceramics at the Appalachian Center for the Crafts (TN), the Baum School of Art (PA), Kutztown University (PA), and currently at Northampton Community College (PA). His work has been exhibited throughout the United States in exhibitions and the highest quality craft shows and art festivals. Originally from Allentown Pennsylvania, Jeff has maintained a studio in Bethlehem PA since 1988.
I suspect what keeps me engaged in the making of pots is the rich history and complex process of ceramics. The materials, kilns,firings, and the rhythm of the studio have become a comfortable part of my life, almost akin to refuge.
My work is wheel thrown with porcelain or white stoneware clay and reduction fired in a gas fueled kiln. Shapes are altered when wet and sometimes assembled from thrown parts. Slips, oxides, glazes, and resists are applied in a manner that reflects my passion for pattern. The pots are lead-free, dishwasher, oven, microwave, and food safe. Direct flame and extreme temperature changes are to be avoided. Placement in a hot oven is not recommended.