Darlene Keffer was born in Toronto and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. She formed an interest in pottery while completing her psychology degree from Wilfred Laurier University via Carlton University in Ottawa.
Keffer’s love for wheel-thrown functional domestic ware emerged while studying in the Fine Arts Program at the University of Manitoba in the early 1980’s. Her early involvement at Stoneware Gallery in Winnipeg as co-owner and instructor established her trajectory of studio craft, business acumen, and teaching. This pattern culminated in Keffer Gallery in Almonte, Ontario at the turn of the millennium.
She has since been an Instructor at the Ottawa Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in its celebrated Creative Arts Program, and Head of the Ceramics Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. She has been affiliated with the Ottawa Guild of Potters, Fusion – the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, and both the Manitoba and Ontario Crafts’ Councils. Keffer’s work has been represented by such renowned venues as Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Burlington Art Centre and the Gardiner Museum.
Recently relocated to St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Keffer has re-focused her energies to her studio practice concentrating on her passion for functional forms, engaging colour, and pleasing decoration. Her studio style and mastery of technique firmly continues the traditions of Bernard Leach and demonstrates the continuing appeal of artisan craft in contemporary society.