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  • Elizabeth Schott 2019

    Elizabeth Schott 2019

    I have been playing with pretty things for about 60 years.  I like to explore different materials and am, at present, in love with paper, which I’ve collected from all over the world.  I love wearing it as it’s lightweight and fun!

  • Cynthia Welle 2019

    Cynthia Welle 2019

    My name is Cynthia Welle. Artist, animal lover, esthetician and creator.


    Creating clean, organic products is my passion. The products I make are reflective of my love for the earth— especially rocks. I find beauty in all rocks and include them in my work. To me, they signify good intent. I believe small batch production without the use of preservatives is the way to a cleaner, more intentional world.

  • Leanne Stremcha 2019

    Leanne Stremcha 2019

    With a career spanning 20+ years, Leanne is best known for contemporary jewelry with broad appeal that's known for its comfort, attention to detail, and beautiful, 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.

     

  • LuAnne Heyer 2019

    LuAnn Heyer 2019

    I have been designing and creating functional and fashionable wearable art out of Faribault Woolens blankets for 30 years now. Each item handcrafted with special attention to detail. 
  • Marisa Martinez

    Marisa Martinez 2019

    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 info@marisa-martinez.com.

  • Tracy Roeder 2019

    Tracy Roeder 2019

    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 barenakedsoapcompany.net for more information.

  • Lori Schmidt

    Lori Schmidt 2019

    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.

  • Laura Heiman 2018

    Laura Heiman 2019

    Schoolhouse Apiary is a small family-owned business in Northfield.  Keeping bees is all about being in tune with the rhythms of nature, the cycle of the seasons.  Our bees roam freely over prairie and forest, away from pesticides and other disruptive chemicals, and we harvest throughout the season, so each batch of honey highlights the changing floral flavors of spring, summer, and fall.

  • Jennifer Wolcott

    Jennifer Wolcott 2019

    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.

  • David Peterson 2017

    David Peterson 2019

    n 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.

  • Colleen Riley 2017

    Colleen Riley 2019

    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.

  • Cathy Collison

    Cathy Collison 2019

    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!
  • Carla Brown 2015

    Carla Brown 2019

    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.

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  • Barbara Zaveruha 2014

    Barbara Zaveruha 2019

    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.

  • Annie Larson 2017

    Annie Larson 2019

    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.

  • Wendy Nordquist 2019

    Wendy Nordquist 2019

    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.
  • Reid Hendershot 2018

    Reid Hendershot 2019

    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.

  • Juliane Shibata 2019

    Juliane Shibata 2019

    Juliane is an installation artist from Northfield, Minnesota. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University and has taught at Carleton and Hope colleges as well as The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. This summer, Juliane was a finalist for the 2019 “Blanc de Chine” International Ceramic Art Award and her work was shown in Beijing. She received first place in the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial and was awarded Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2014 and 2018. In 2016, she was a co-curator of Michi – Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity: An Exhibition of Japanese American Ceramic Artists, which traveled across the U.S. Her work belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection.

  • Juan Fried 2017

    Juan Fried 2019

    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

    Heather Lawrenz 2019

    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.

  • Glynnis Lessing 2019

    Glynnis Lessing 2019

    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.

  • Geralyn Thelen 2019

    Geralyn Thelen 2019

    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!

     

  • Gail Gates 2019

    Gail Gates 2019

    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 2019

    Dick Zawacki 2019

    While carving for over 30 years, I have found my favorite subjects to be realistic animals and birds, human faces, and chip carved items.  I have tried most types and styles of carving and find them all enjoyable.  The process learned in one carving style often has applications in another style.  My preferred carving woods are native Minnesota butternut and basswood.  I have had the pleasure to study with and learn from many teachers, but I find that you learn best by doing and experimenting.

    Carving has changed how I relate to things in every day life.  I now observe and perceive things instead of just “seeing” them.  I look for the differences in facial features of people that I see in a crowd or the   individual differences in a species of an animal or bird.  My carving subjects are often taken from things that are part of my life because I know them best.

    As I carve a new piece, I enjoy seeing the beauty of the wood grain emerge and how the light plays off of each carved facet to really enhance the carving as it gets down to its final form.  I find that my carving sessions are a great way to turn 15 minutes into 3 hours.  There is a certain zen that comes from carving that I find nowhere else.

    One of these days, when I finally grow up, I will decide on which style or subject suits me best.  Until then, I will just keep learning and making more wood chips.

  • Christie Clarke 2019

    Christie Clarke 2019

    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.

  • Noah Sanders 2019

    Noah Sanders 2019

    Since as early as he can remember, Noah has been developing his drawing skills and enthusiastically creating imaginary worlds full of characters and storylines.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree in studio art at St Olaf College, Noah continues to pursue art through painting, drawing, printmaking, salvaged wood wall art, and comics.  He lives in Northfield with his wife (a fellow artist in her own right) and their two boys.  Still impacted by his childhood creations, Noah pursues expressing his art through imagery, characters, and stories that others can enter into and experience through the full variety of his works and styles.

  • Chris and Sue Holmquist 2019

    Chris & Sue Holmquist 2019

    Chris and Sue are a husband/wife team and their home and studio are in the beautiful countryside east of Northfield.  They combine the potter’s art of form and function with their love of the whimsical story. Their earthenware pottery is formed by hand on the potter’s wheel and their original pictures are lovingly hand painted with under glaze ceramic colors.  Their goal is to have great design and fun working together.

  • Ann Poulson 2017

    Ann Poulson 2019

    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, The Commercial in Alma, Wisconsin and at The Fine Craft Collective in Northfield, MN.

  • Kathy Anderson

    Kathy Anderson 2019

    Inspired by the Saori philosophy of “weave from your heart,” my work can go in many different directions. This year it seems pillows, terrains and new 3-dimentional Pipeworks have captured my attention, and along with the woven scarves/runners/clothing they continue to reflect my joy in experimenting with color and texture.