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  • Wendy Nordquist

    Wendy Nordquist

    I sew things. Mostly useful items. Sometimes my ideas,
    sometimes those of others. My favored raw materials have
    already had a useful life elsewhere... I especially love
    natural fibers, handwoven, hand printed, hand sewn, unique.
    I work with a grown-over-decades trove of finds from
    second-hand stores, garage sales, things thrust upon me,
    and wonderful things purposely abandoned
    on my doorstep. Good form and good function, along with
    some good fun here and there - that's my ambition.
  • Lori Schmidt

    Lori Schmidt

    I am a jewelry artist in Northfield. The meditative process of needle woven beadwork in subtle color variations draws me in. My current challenge is combining the textural beadwork with silver fusing and my handmade beads.

  • Leanne Stremcha 2017

    Leanne Stremcha

    An Artistic Life
    Occupation: Studio jeweler 
    A sea change, that's how jeweler, Leanne Stremcha describes the last year. She and her husband, Jeff, have sold their home in Northfield and in the future will be dividing their time between Duluth and Minneapolis. 
    After a brief hiatus to unpack from this major move, Leanne is back in the studio designing and hand fabricating her innovative, predominantly silver jewelry. She is best known for contemporary jewelry with broad appeal that's known for it's comfort, attention to detail, and beautiful and unique stones. Making jewelry that speaks to the wearer and encourages them to express their individuality are hallmarks of her creative process.  
    "I can't imagine doing anything else," says Leanne, "Jewelry is a refuge, a passion and a meditation. It's my way of expressing my creative side. Thankfully, people continue to support me in this, but I think I would be making jewelry no matter what-- I love it that much." 

  • Lars Stromayer 2016

    Lars Stromayer

    Every day I strive to make unique and beautiful furniture, and other wooden items for your home, out of locally sourced materials.  I think it’s important to reduce the environmental impact of shipping lumber from state to state, and to support local businesses, so everything I produce for  sale in the Fine Craft Collective is made from logs that I obtained and processed nearby. If you work with me on a custom project, you have the option to choose wood from my large inventory. My locally sourced lumber isn’t always perfect, but what some call imperfections are in truth the things that can add identity, richness, and character to a piece. Every piece of furniture ends up being a story!


  • Kathy Anderson

    Kathy Anderson

    Inspired by the Saori philosophy of “weave from your heart,” my work can be all over the place: calm and controlled to quite energetic and carefree. Woven scarves, runners, clothing, rugs and wall hangings as well as hand spun yarn reflect a joy in experimenting with color and texture that often results in unexpected design elements!

  • Juliane Shibata

    Juliane Shibata

    Juliane received her MFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University in 2006, having previously graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Studio Art. She has been an artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, and she received a 2014 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Juliane has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and is a co-curator of (Michi) – Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity: An Exhibition of Japanese American Ceramic Artists, which made its way across the U.S. this year. She was selected as a 2016 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly and her work belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection.

  • Joel Froehle

    Joel Froehle

    The pot is one of the few aesthetic objects that we are asked to touch and I have always been interested in emphasizing the tactile quality of my work. Most of my work is carved, either from solid pieces of clay or from forms that are thrown on the wheel with thick walls.  This process of removal speaks to time as it records my process and simultaneously generates textures that engage the viewer on both a visual and tactile level.  The slips and glazes I then apply to the form serve to accentuate these textures.  Underlying all of this is the idea that the material and the process of making are both prominent in my work. Ultimately, my hope is that my pots function as well in the hand as they do on the shelf.

  • Cathy Collison

    Cathy Collison

    Almost any day of the week you can find me at my torch blowing glass ornaments or making glass beads. I start making ornaments in September and stop by Christmas, so every year it is new and fresh to me. When I work I love using non-traditional colors and, because there are endless combinations and outcomes, the process always keeps my interest. After 15 years I still find that there is so much to learn and to improve onI still feel like I am just beginning.

    I am the owner of Trinket Foundry, an online store with a wholesale division where we make beads and charms from bottle caps and found glass pieces. Please visit for more information.

  • Barbara Zaveruha 2014

    Barbara Zaveruha

    After wandering through engineering, sociology, anthropology, motherhood and technical writing, I finally found my true calling in the mid-1990s, when I first got my hands in real clay. I loved the idea that you could start with earth and water, air and fire, and end up with dishes. I took classes at Northern Clay Center, then did an informal apprenticeship with Richard Bresnahan, at the St. John's University Pottery. We moved to the Northfield area in 2004, building a house 6 miles south of town, so that I could build a wood-fired kiln (3rd version finally complete, and getting a new shelter...).  For several years, I fired in Nancy Halling's kiln.  Then last December, Glynnis Lessing and I bought a propane kiln from Donovan Palmquist, and are enjoying firing a more manageable kiln.

    I make high-fired stoneware for its strength and durability, and glaze with a palette of colors that do not depend on toxic compounds. I make things for every-day use that I hope will delight the user whenever they are picked up.

  • Heather Lawrenz

    Heather Lawrenz

    I have been making jewelry since childhood, and my passion for creating and networking led me to launch my own jewelry line in 2003.  Although my styles have evolved, my love of non-traditional materials has remained constant. My latest creations include styles I make with unusual gemstones, glass, and metal upcycled from decorative tins. With each new design, I strive to create beautiful jewelry that women want to wear every day.

  • Annie Larson 2017

    Annie Larson

    Being creative is like a puzzle. I love working and re-working a piece of jewelry until everything falls into place. As I learn new crafts and skills, I look forward to seeing how my art will evolve, and I will eventually discover what it is I am meant to create.

  • Benjamin Leatham

    Benjamin Leatham

    As an artist I strive to create functional art that people can enjoy every day. With a background in restaurants and a fierce love for cooking, I found myself wanting wood utensils that were durable and useful. Most of my designs came out of a need that I had in my cooking arsenal. Many people say that my pieces are “to nice to use”. On the contrary. Through years of experimentation and some proprietary processes, what I have created are wood utensils that resist staining, are easy to clean and last with little maintenance. The finish I use is an FDA approved hardening oil made from flax. Sanding to a high polish not only makes the wood glow but also yields a surface that allows even sticky foods to be removed easily. Cook, eat wonderful foods and enjoy!   

    Benjamin Leatham, Cannon River Bowl and Spoon

  • Tracy Doffing 2017

    Tracy Doffing

    I specialize in handcrafted goat milk soaps and body care products. Using the cold process method, my goat milk soaps are handcrafted in small batches using the highest quality base oils, essential oils, natural colorants and fresh goat milk. All of the ingredients above, combined with a six to eight week cure time, results in a luxurious bar of soap that anyone can enjoy.

    Like my soaps, my body care products are handcrafted in small batches without toxic chemicals or synthetic ingredients found in most store bought creams and lotions. This allows users of my products peace of mind knowing they are using only pure and natural ingredients while giving their skin the best care possible.

    I am the owner of Bare Naked Soap Company, an online store. At Bare Naked Soap Company, we sincerely believe that your body is your temple. So why not treat it the way it should be treated, with the utmost care. Our pledge is to provide handcrafted body care products without toxins and chemicals to allow our customers and their families to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

    Please visit for more information.

  • Marisa Martinez 2017

    Mateo Martinez

    Mateo S Martinez is a 13 year old St. Paul artist who works primarily in pencil or ink on paper to create his art. He attends Great River Charter School where he loves to engage with his peers about current events and explore new mediums for his art work. He enjoys writing, science, and learning about his Indigenous and Mexican heritage. He is a member of the Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli a Mexica Danza group. One of his favorite extracurricular activities is learning the drum and participating in the philosophy classes learning about the sacred teachings of his indigenous ancestors. This past year has been filled with many key life experiences that have greatly influenced his current art work. Among these was going on a 6,500 mile three week road trip last summer with his mother and older brother to many cultural and sacred indigenous sites throughout six states from Minnesota to California. He also spent time traveling to Standing Rock Reservation in ND with many other MN Native youth to bear witness and stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition, he also took a volunteer trip to Guatemala for eight days helping with various tasks like building houses, chopping and carrying wood, picking coffee beans, and laying concrete. These are some of experiences have had a profound impact on his life and have helped shape him as a young artist. He hopes you enjoy his latest collection of work entitled: Duality.

    The Duality series of drawings in graphite on paper is based largely on the teachings and beliefs of his ancient ancestors. Each piece incorporates the fundamental element of duality in all things. He has illustrated this by juxtaposing elements of life/death, light/darkness, and feminine/masculine in each piece. He has drawn directly from what he has learned over the past year about the importance of duality in everything around us and how it is necessary for balance and essential for life to continue.

  • LuAnne Heyer 2017

    LuAnn Heyer

    I have been designing blanket coats and accessories since 1989  as part of a collaboration with Faribault Woolen Mills.  Over the years I have developed my clientele who appreciate the fine fabic and sustainability that wools offer. Beyond wools, I use many other fine fabrics and ultrasuede to create many artsy wearables to add to your wardrobe.  Every year there are new styles to add to the collections, my interpretations of new trends and classic styles.

    See my work on Facebook under Annie Belle Creations or on my website:

  • Juan Fried 2017

    Juan Fried

    Juan Alejandro Fried Ortiz de Zarate is an architect and artist whose work reflects the complexity of his ancestry, his urban experiences, and a new home in the country.

    Juan studied art history and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota.  As an architect and urban designer, he has completed award-winning designs for public agencies and community groups. As a maker, he continues his study - on a more intimate and  personal scale - of form, space, and materials.

  • Jennifer Wolcott

    Jennifer Wolcott

    Every company has a history built by its people and the times. It has images of its past and its future. Every company has a visual vocabulary that comes from the processes of its work. It has rhythms, variations, forms, scale and colors as unique as a fingerprint. My years in industry, as a manufacturing engineer give me an appreciation for collective efforts and elegant processes. My training as an artist allows me to show the visual strength and beauty of that work.

  • Colleen Riley 2017

    Colleen Riley

    I fell in love with ceramics in 1990, when on a whim I took the first class ever offered at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Fifteen years later I transitioned from a graphic design career to full-time ceramic artist, living and working in southern Dakota County.

    From the beginning I have pursued a non-traditional approach to ceramics learning. In addition to coursework at the Northern Clay Center, I have worked with accomplished artists in intensive workshops throughout the US. I feel fortunate to enjoy the camaraderie of – and be challenged by – many of the talented ceramic artists in our area.

    In 2008, in response to working in a more isolated rural setting, I founded Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists (MNWCA). MNWCA is a non-profit professional organization that hosts events, sponsors exhibitions and provides support to its 70+ members.

    My work is primarily functional high-fire light stoneware, with a current emphasis on serving pieces and vessels. My recent work merges the subtle patterns, colors and textures found in my rural setting with the graceful forms of early-mid 20th-century design. Rich colors and subtle layered surfaces are achieved through a variety of high-temperature firing methods. I also create sculptural pieces that are stacked for display in the garden or home.

     “Layering Techniques for Sumptuous Surfaces,” a full-length DVD featuring my glazing, layering and resist techniques, was recently released by Ceramic Arts Daily.

  • Glynnis Lessing

    Glynnis Lessing

    Glynnis Lessing began a lifelong love of ceramics at 9 when she learned to throw from a Japanese potter at Carleton College. She made pots in high school, and worked for a potter and went on to study art at Macalester and the University of Minnesota where she earned her BFA.
    Directly after college, a move to Chicago led her to Lill Street studios where she began working & teaching pottery as well as at several other institutions; marrying and raising a family along the way.
    In 2008, she started participating in shows and art fairs on a full-time basis; eventually moving back to Minnesota in 2012 where she began teaching at the Northern Clay Center. She continues to work full time as a potter enjoying the close-knit arts community here in Northfield.
    Her studio is in her grandfather's old milking parlor on the ancestral farm where she lives with her family; surrounded by their small flock of chickens, the trees her grandfather planted and the fertile earth.

  • Ann Poulson 2017

    Ann Poulson

    Ann Poulson has been working with fiber since high school. She started out making many of her own clothes and along the way she became interested in quilting. She has been making wall hangings ever since. Her interest in felting began in 2008 when she took her first wet felting class. Ann currently works making felted purses, jewelry, vessels, and wall hangings. She has been teaching adult classes since the late 1990’s. Ann has taught classes in sewing, embellishing, painting on fabric, and felting. Her work can be found in The Textile Center Shop; at Artify in Zumbrota, MN; at The Commercial in Alma, Wisconsin and at The Fine Craft Collective in Northfield, MN.

  • Carla Brown

    Carla Brown

    I am inspired by the simple moments in life.  Bright colors are truly my friends! It is what makes me feel alive and energized. Painting on wood feels natural. I enjoy collecting, cutting, sanding and adding color to it. The texture, smell, and weight are always unpredictable. Allowing the imperfections of the wood to speak to the viewer adds a sense of where the creative process originated, and might even be a gentle reminder to be content with the imperfections of life.


  • Marisa Martinez

    Marisa Martinez

    Marisa Martinez has owned and operated her own jewelry design and art business in the Twin Cities, Marisa-Martinez/Meztiza Designs since 2005. She attended both the College of St. Catherine and the University of St. Thomas where she studied Art, Business, and Spanish.
    Her belief in the power of healing through creating something with your hands and her passion for teaching led her to begin teaching Art right out of college. Having taught in local non profits, and in private workshops she has and continues to work with adults and youth to teach various art techniques. She currently teaches out of her private studio in St. Paul, offering private or group classes in silver smithing and jewelry design. These classes help the students to build self-esteem, confidence and encourage creativity in all areas of their life.
    In her own work Marisa loves to play off her rich cultural Mexican and Indigenous heritage to create collages of personal adornment as well as Ofrendas/ Shrines. In her jewelry, she works mostly in silver and semiprecious stones but also loves working with, gold, and copper and brass. Her shrines are composed of up-cycled found objects and other mementos she has collected or has been given. All of her work is hand fabricated in her studio in St. Paul. Some of her collections include The Milagro (miracle) collection, The Sugar Skull Collection and the Papel Picado (cut paper) series. If you are interested in more information please contact her at

  • Amanda Kopplin

    Amanda Kopplin

    I spent my childhood exploring the wonders of small town Minnesota, which led me down the road to St. Catherine University, where I earned a BA in Studio Art and English. My current home and studio are nestled in the capital city of St. Paul.

    My jewelry is composed of collected and handcrafted elements – cast and carved fine silver, antique buttons, glass, semi-precious stones and pearls – connected by forged sterling and tied with silk threads.

    The often subtle beauty of the Midwest inspires all of my endeavors from one season to the next, and I hope that the work I do influences those around me to look at our environment with fresh eyes. Objects of everyday life, products of nature and human invention, have much to offer us if we open ourselves to possibility.

  • David Peterson 2017

    David Peterson

    In 2011, after time in academia and heavy manufacturing, I took up wood-turning full time. My work is mostly simple forms – bowls, platters, boxes and vases. Each piece is shaped from a single blank of raw wood, often green. The shapes emerge as I remove wood and begin to see the possibilities. I work with native species. Often I harvest or salvage the wood myself. I am motivated by the wood: colors, textures, patterns, figure; scars from living; stains left by worms and fungus; and a finish that enhances the wood and is a delight to touch. Then by shapes: curves that flow or intersect; forms that are a pleasure to hold; and are beautiful to look at.