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  • Geralyn Thelen 2021

    Geralyn Thelen 2021

    Everyone has a story to tell...and each of our stories is important...
     
    For some reason, my stories do not come out in words; but when I work with glass...my heart sings & the glass talks to me. Each piece of glass I create is formed in my heart and is produced with great love. My designs include two-dimensional pieces, sculptures, and installations, and honor the significance of women's hands in the history of art and design. I welcome inquiries for commissioned projects!
  • David Peterson 2021

    David Peterson 2021

    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.

  • Reid Hendershot 2021

    Reid Hendershot 2021

    Whether searching through the piles of brush at the Northfield yard waste site or collecting wood salvaged from storms or disease,  I have the privilege to reveal the warmth and beauty in my kitchen utensils from wood otherwise destined to be firewood.

  • Cathy Collison 2021

    Cathy Collison 2021

    Almost any day of the week you can find me at my torch blowing glass ornaments. When I work I love using non-traditional colors and, because there are endless combinations and outcomes, the process always keeps my interest. After more than 15 years I still find that there is so much to learn and to improve on - I still feel like I am just beginning.

    Please visit facebook.com/cathycollisonornaments to see my latest!

  • Lori Schmidt 2021

    Lori Schmidt 2021

    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.
  • Juan Fried 2021

    Juan Fried 2021

    As an architect and artist, I’m always looking for the
    large- and small-scale interrelationships of natural and
    man-made forms and structures. Out of recycled sterling
    silver, I make small, wearable sculptures based on the
    dynamic geometric and architectural shapes that surround
    me. The hoppers, chutes, bins and their supporting
    structures create vessels and conduits for the seasonal
    cycles of fuel, water and food – industrial extensions of
    the natural systems of streams, soils and plants that
    define the Minnesota rural environment in which I live. 

    Juan Alejandro Fried Ortiz de Zarate is an architect and
    artist whose work reflects the diversity of his
    ancestry, his urban experiences, and a new home in the
    countryside. Juan studied art history and architecture at
    the University of Pennsylvania and the University of
    Minnesota. As an architect and urban designer, he completed
    award-winning designs for public agencies and community
    groups. As an emerging artist, he continues his study of
    form, space, and materials on a more intimate scale.
    He started forging and fusing his geometric, architectonic
    work in the winter of 2014.  He is a member of the Society
    of North American Goldsmiths and the Minnesota Jewelry Arts
    Guild (where he is currently a board member.)

  • Heather Lawrenz 2021

    Heather Lawrenz 2021

    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.

  • Fieldstone Apiaries 2021

    Fieldstone Apiaries 2021

    Fieldstone Apiaries is a small family owned business between Northfield and Elko New Market.  Beekeeping has become a true passion for us and all that it encompasses over the years. Our hives are located in pasture, prairie and wooded areas where they can flourish in a natural environment, free of pesticides and other hazard.  Each hive location has a slightly different floral variation, which is harvested separately for you to enjoy.
  • Christie Clarke 2021

    Christie Clarke 2021

    My slab-built low-fire clay vessels and boxes are part of a continuing experiment in creating simple objects that have a timeless look; both ancient and modern. I am interested in revealing texture and color in multiple layers with a dry and matte glazed surfaces.

  • Annie Larson 2021

    Annie Larson 2021

    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.

  • Terri Zawacki 2021

    Terri Zawacki 2021

    I have always loved making beautiful things. At a young age I began to create art, mostly cross-stitch, embroidery and needlepoint pictures.


    As a child my family went camping, then purchased land and built a cabin in Northern Minnesota; it was then that I began my fascination with nature and rocks. I remember taking off and wandering the banks of the lake, collecting beautiful rocks as I went.


    In the year 1998 I saw a necklace (made with stone and glass beads accented with silver findings) in a magazine that I just had to have, well one almost like it, I knew there were things that I’d change. Having spent years doing some kind of craftwork I decided to try to make it myself.


    I collected rock and glass beads, silver findings and all else needed to complete the project. I loved the process so much that I knew I had to make more. And I did. My second attempt was a gift, almost like mine, but with a twist. I gave it to her, everyone was envious and I was hooked, I had to make more!


    In 2004 I decided to take my journey one step further and I started Jewelers School. There I learned the magic of casting, designing and creating of metal jewelry. I found that I love designing wonderful jewelry that myself and others can wear and enjoy. It thrills me to see one of my ideas go from a thought, to a sketch, then finally into a finished piece of wearable Art.


    In 2016 I took a class on making Sami Inspired Jewelry. The Sami are the Indigenous peoples of Scandinavia, mostly known for being Reindeer herders. I knew I had found another style that I needed to embrace.
    My business name, Cardinal Points Designs came from a search starting with “Rosslyn” from the Holy Grail Legend. I was using the thesaurus to find just the right word. And I find the term “Cardinal Points” This represents the “true” North-South-East-West directions, now I had it! This is what I want to create, pieces that aid in healing people on their journeys in life, whichever direction they choose.

  • Tami Resler 2021

    Tami Resler 2021

    Texture, shape and color all tell a story. I hope my work will be interesting to look at, but also to touch and hold. Whether a mug for daily use or a piece meant to be strictly decorative, I hope to have each piece draw a person’s attention and bring them joy.

  • Noah Sanders 2021

    Noah Sanders 2021

    Since as early as he can remember, Noah has been creating imaginary worlds full of whimsical characters and storylines.  Those creations still impact Noah today as he creates through painting, drawing, salvaged wood wall art, and comics.  As new stories develop, Noah’s hope is that others will be able to enter into and experience his created world through the full variety of his work and style.

  • Mary Ila Duntemann 2021

    Mary Ila Duntemann 2021

    I create art glass beads.

    My inspiration comes from the colors, textures and patterns of the natural and human- made landscape. I love capturing these influences in the mesmerizing honey consistency of molten glass. Each unique piece is worked by hand using traditional methods.

    I am fascinated by the cross-cultural relevance of beads. Woven throughout world history, beads have been used for talismans, ornamentation, status symbols, religious articles and for barter. I see beads as meditative objects both in the creation and the function of the piece.

    I am primarily self-taught and have also studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass and Aja Vaz at the Third Degree Glass Factory. I exhibit at regional art shows and national bead shows. I teach at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in South Minneapolis.

    Website: www.maryiladuntemann.com Instagram: @mary_ila_duntemann

  • Kathy Anderson 2021

    Kathy Anderson 2021

    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. Just depends on the day! Woven scarves, runners, clothing, pillows and wall hangings reflect a joy in experimenting with color and texture that often results in unexpected design elements!


  • John Ehresmann 2021

    John Ehresmann 2021

    This adventure all started with my granddaughter’s request for a fairy house at Christmas.  I decided to create one for her from polymer clay.  Polymer clay is a new medium for me and requires no kiln as does conventional clay.  You bake your creation in a toaster oven and after a number of minutes, it is hard.  The fairy house was a hit and I decided to explore other houses.
    The past year has allowed me to focus on what is most important to me - family and home.  The resulting houses represent a refuge from the tumultuous world around us.  Home is your safe place offering family, food, warmth, and security.  
    Each house is different and reflects the diversity of the families that occupy them.  I enjoy the tactical nature of the clay and exploring the three-dimensional aspect it offers that can be expressed in size, shape, and texture.  Enjoy.

    I practiced dentistry for over 32 years and before that was an aerospace engineer.  Around retirement I dabbled in making glass lamp work beads for over a decade.  I enjoyed the spontaneous nature of the bead making process and gravitated toward the abstract and organic.  I enjoy the tactical nature of the clay and ability to create items in three dimensions.  I like to vary the size, shape, and texture of the buildings.  For years I worked in millimeters and here that restriction is removed.  Making an exact representation is not the goal.  My houses are caricatures.  The final millimeter of paint also intrigues me, adding an additional layer of individually to each house.

  • Glynnis Lessing 2021

    Glynnis Lessing 2021

    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 creating, with 9 fellow Northfield potters, the Cannon River Clay Tour, now in its 5th year!

    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.

  • Gail Gates 2021

    Gail Gates 2021

    In midlife, Gail began a quest to re-ignite her creative urges and appease the restless realization that time was passing.  Photography, an interest since childhood, seemed right… and wrong. The images captured were not quite uncovering the emotion she felt in the moment. Gail applied for, and received, an individual artist grant from the East Central Regional Art Council. Her mentor, Dee Kotaska, introduced her to the emerging world of “iPhoneography.” A workshop in Lake Tahoe taught by Lynette Sheppard and Teri Lou Dantzler, two internationally known iPhoneographers, further fanned the creative muse. Everything changed. Gail’s images now take the familiar to the unexpected. Through the use of apps, and other filters, Gail creates photo art that invites closer inspection and a playful sense of wonderment.

    Gail received her BA, and Master of Liberal Studies, degrees from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.

  • Dick Zawacki 2021

    Dick Zawacki 2021

    As a woodcarver with over 30 years of experience and learning, my favorite subjects are realistic animals and birds, human faces, and chip carved items. My preferred carving woods are native Minnesota butternut and basswood.  


    A few years ago, with my wife’s encouragement, I became interested in woodturning and found a new outlet for my creativity.   I often use wood from local trees that are storm damaged or being removed from a yard.  It is very gratifying to transform something that would have been discarded into something useful that pleases the eye.  Most of my turnings are meant to be functional and used in everyday life; thus they are completed using food-safe finishes.


    Woodcarving and woodturning have changed how I relate to things in everyday life.  I now observe and perceive things instead of just “seeing” them.  I look for the differences in people’s facial features or the individual differences in a species of an animal or bird.  I look for forms and proportions in objects, trying to determine what makes them pleasing to the eye.


    As I create a new piece, I enjoy seeing the beauty of the wood grain emerge and how the light plays off of each surface to really enhance the object as it gets down to its final form.  I find that my carving and turning sessions are a great way to turn 15 minutes into 3 hours.  There is a certain Zen that comes from working with wood that I find in no other activity.

  • Colleen Riley 2021

    Colleen Riley 2021

    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.

  • Chris & Sue Holmquist 2021

    Chris & Sue Holmquist 2021

    We are a husband wife team and have been making pots together since 1976.  Our home and studio are located in the beautiful countryside east of Northfield.

    Our work combines the love of creating pots with beautiful form / function with the joy of creating whimsical imagery for each pot. . Our pots are carefully made on the potter’s wheel and then are individually hand painted with our original pictures using underglazes ( clay based ceramic colors}.

    Our goal is to make pottery that is sophisticated in form and fun!  We also highly value being able to work together as a team.

  • Carla Brown 2021

    Carla Brown 2021

    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.
  • Barbara Zaveruha 2021

    Barbara Zaveruha 2021

    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, has been fired six times).  Most of my work, however, has always been glazed, and then fired in a propane 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.

  • Ann Poulson 2021

    Ann Poulson 2021

    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 makes felted jewelry, vessels, and wall hangings. She has also included needle felted items in her list of works. She has been teaching adult classes since the late 1990's. Ann has taught classes in sewing, embellishing, painting on fabric, and felting.

  • Amy Brooks 2021

    Bubbles By Brooks 2021

    Bubbles By Brooks—A Sensory Experience
    At Bubbles by Brook®, we are dedicated to using only the best raw
    materials available. Our products are earth-friendly, handcrafted, and designed to appeal to all of your senses. Subtle blends of essential or fragrance oils create relaxing or invigorating aromas, natural colorants and herbs add visual appeal and unique textures.