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 2022 Artisans will be updated in September

  • Ann Erickson 2012

    Ann Erickson 2012

    Ann resides and works in downtown Northfield, originally hailing from the Wisconsin St. Croix River valley. After earning her BA in studio art, she completed a postgraduate program in intensive studio work at St. Olaf College. While affiliated with the college, she worked primarily in ceramics and mixed-media painting. Ann is now finding what it means to work entirely independently, still pursuing mixed-media painting and experimenting with her interest in object-making. 

  • Heather Bain, Bookbinding

    Heather Bain 2012

    I spent the last two years in Boston at the North Bennet Street School learning hand bookbinding and book repair. I love creating beautiful but functional books, using high-quality materials and durable structures. I am particularly attracted to historical structures, and I try to incorporate them into my work and combine them with modern techniques. Through workshops at school, I became interested in paper marbling, and now I make most of my own marbled paper and love to experiment with pictorial designs, especially dragons! I also do conservation and repair work; few things make me happier than fixing a badly damaged book so it can be used again.

  • Carla Thompson

    Carla Thompson 2012

    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.

  • Leanne Stremcha

    Leanne Stremcha 2012

    Working in silver has a long history of fine craftsmanship. The wearer of my pieces is a confident individual who is invited to consider an alternative to mass-market jewelry. I take pride in my art, and as a bonus, I get to play with fire!

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    Meredith Fierke 2012

    Spotty McDotty is a collaboration by Meredith Fierke and Annie Larson. It is always fun for us to bring forth our individual styles and feed off of each others creativity. Though our viewpoints are distinct, where we meet is jewelry inspired by color, unique design, and vintage pieces. Through this joint effort, Spotty McDotty has grown into an enjoyable and creative take on simple ideas. Since we learned the lampworking and jewelry-making process together in 2006, it was logical, and seemingly effortless, step to partnership.

  • Glynnis Lessing 2013

    Glynnis Lessing 2012

    Recently, we moved our family back to Minnesota after spending 30 years living and working in Chicago.

    I love the outdoors and nature. I hope to call people’s attention to the environment and how beautiful it is.  Emphasizing what pleasure we get from nature and the outdoors is my main focus.

    As an artist in the city I craved nature and took my inspiration from what little of the natural world I could find there. Now that I’m living out in the countryside I am surrounded and immersed; delighted to have widened my chance to see and find forms in nature.

    My process: I hand throw all my work usually from Grolleg Porcelain and decorate the surface: individually freehand drawing and carving my designs through colored slip. Designs must enhance the form of the pot and vice-versa.

    All work is dishwasher, oven, microwave and food safe

    My narrative images are mostly that of flora and fauna from my environment; with some inspiration from travels.

    I strive to make aesthetically pleasing yet highly functional pots that will find an intimate niche in the daily lives of the people who take them home.

  • Barbara Zaveruha

    Barbara Zaveruha 2012

    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 almost complete...). Meanwhile I have been firing Nancy Halling's 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.

  • Marisa Martinez

    Marisa Martinez 2012

    Marisa Martinez works with a wide variety of materials to create collages of personal adornment. She hand fabricates and forges her silver bracelets, pendants, and rings. To create beads from Moretti glass, she uses a oxygen-propane torch followed by a kiln to anneal and fuse the glass. She believes, as her ancestors did, that many stones have healing and protective qualities. Designing unique pieces of jewelry allows her to combine her love for color, cultural history, and art making.

  • Lars Stromayer

    Lars Stromayer 2012

    It's not that complicated.  It's just me, some tools, and a big pile of wood.  Some days, the challenge is to make something really cool out of left over pieces and scraps.  Other days, the trick is to make something from a really amazing board or boards without screwing it up too much.   Either way it's fun, and hopefully you find something that you like.  If not, let's design and make something just for you!    

  • Terra LaChance 2012 Profile Pic

    Terra LaChance 2012

    Terra K. LaChance plays with fabric creating whimsical characters ready to be loved, cuddled and passed down through the generations.

  • Kathy Anderson 2011

    Kathy Anderson 2012

    Freeform! That is how I seem to approach many things in life, from gardening to house cleaning to how I prefer to spend my days. Just dig in and let them unfold. So it is no surprise that the improvisational Saori style of weaving and Lexi Boeger’s carefree attitude at the spinning wheel caught my eye. No patterns, no rules and no preconceived ideas of what the final piece will be, only an unwavering faith in the act of letting go and just letting it happen. When I am true to that process, colors intertwine, textures emerge, and my heart sings!

  • Lori Schmidt

    Lori Schmidt 2012

    It's all about the beads!  Beaded beads, beads sewn into cube shapes and I'm making glass beads.  After I have amassed some beaded elements, jewelry happens.

  • Annie Larson 2012 Profile Pic

    Annie Larson 2012

    Spotty McDotty is a collaboration by Meredith Fierke and Annie Larson. It is always fun for us to bring forth our individual styles and feed off of each others creativity. Though our viewpoints are distinct, where we meet is jewelry inspired by color, unique design, and vintage pieces. Through this joint effort, Spotty McDotty has grown into an enjoyable and creative take on simple ideas. Since we learned the lampworking and jewelry-making process together in 2006, it was logical, and seemingly effortless, step to partnership.

  • Joel Froehle

    Joel Froehle 2012

    I received a B.A. in Studio Art and Biology from St. Olaf College and later an M.F.A. in Artisanry - Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I create both functional and sculptural work that emphasizes the physical properties of ceramic materials. I am currently an instructor of sculpture and drawing at Inver Hills Community College and I maintain a studio at my home in Northfield.

    The possibility of making objects that can exist within the realm of human interaction is part of what first attracted me to ceramics and this thought still intrigues me today. Like many other potters, my work is based on the idea that the use of hand-made objects provides the user with a heightened awareness of the importance of our daily rituals. Rituals that involve eating and drinking take on new meaning when an aesthetic object is made their carrier.

    The forms I make draw upon many sources within historical and contemporary pottery, as well as references to geologic forms. Eroded cliffs faces, pitted stones, smooth river rocks all show the mark of some geologic process and by analogy I hope my work reveals the processes I use in making my forms. Ultimately, my hope is that my pots function as well on the table as they do on the shelf.

  • Jessica Prill

    Jess Prill 2012

    I have always lived in a world of daydreams and imagination. My work is a window into that world. I encourage you to please come dream with me!

    I have been making jewelry for many years but have just recently decided to pursue my dream to be a working artist after closing up my shop, Oolala, two years ago. I love working in all types of materials. I love texture and small details. I try to create a unique personality for every piece. My goal is to make the person wearing my piece feel as special as making the piece was to me!

  • Jennifer Wolcott

    Jennifer Wolcott 2012

    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.

  • Ian Baldry

    Ian Baldry 2012

    Ian is a fiber artist who creates fine knit sweaters and accessories from merino wool, cotton, and bamboo yarns. Always interested in exploring new fiber arts, Ian acquired her first knitting machine ten years ago and loved it so much she started creating her own knitwear designs.

  • Heather Lawrenz

    Heather Lawrenz 2012

    When creating jewelry, my starting point is finding recycled objects such as bottle caps and sliced glass rings from vases and bottles. Then, using traditional jewelry making techniques, I integrate these repurposed items with stones, metal or leather.  I find gratification in bringing together unexpected components to construct a finished piece.

  • Colleen Riley

    Colleen Riley 2012

    In our rural setting it is easy to appreciate the quiet yet steady changes that take place from season to season. These parallel the changes that have taken place in my work during the last several years. Every day something from outside gives me new inspiration, such as a pattern of leaves in the woods, the color of a bird's feathers, or the contours of a freshly plowed field. I am constantly testing surfaces and techniques, and have learned to embrace this steady and dramatic evolution of ideas.

    I strive to make pots that are elegant, yet comfortable and inviting for use. European decorative arts of the early 20th century, textiles, and Japanese woodblock prints are primary influences in my work. I am also drawn to the simple lines, bright colors and lightheartedness of mid-century design. Carving, stamping, and incising introduce texture and create a contrast with the clay's smooth surface. To keep the patterns fresh and relaxed, I carve freehand at leatherhard stage. It is a part of the process I particularly enjoy.

  • Cassidy Van Boylan

    Cassidy Van Boylan 2012

    Cassidy has been enamored and fascinated with both jewelry and nature since she was a little girl. Since then, she has enjoyed working on mixing the two elements. With the use of simple organic lines and shapes, she is able create these flattering designs. Traits of her jewelry include evidence of hand hammering, forging, and soldering, with a playful focus of texture and pattern. She uses semi-precious stones to adorn silver and wearer. Cassidy attended college in Duluth , Minnesota where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts with a focus in ceramics, drawing, and photography. She now works out of her studio in Minneapolis , MN

  • Cathy Collison

    Cathy Collison 2012

    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 on I 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.