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  • Fieldstone Apiaries 2020

    Fieldstone Apiaries 2020

    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.

  • Terri Zawacki 2020

    Terri Zawacki 2020

    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.

  • Jess Prill 2020

    Jess Prill 2020

    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 love to play with silver and stones and fire. The end result is hopefully a beautiful piece of unique jewelry that brings compliments and joy to the person wearing it.   

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  • Noah Sanders 2020

    Noah Sanders 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Kathy Anderson 2020

    Kathy Anderson 2020

    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!

     

     

  • Juliane Shibata 2020

    Juliane Shibata 2020

    Juliane is a ceramic artist from Northfield, Minnesota. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and has taught at Carleton as well as The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Juliane’s work has been included in the 2019“ Blanc de Chine” International Ceramic Art Award exhibition in Beijing, China. She was the recipient of the Tile Heritage Prix Primo award at the 23rd Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition and received first place in the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial. Juliane was awarded Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2014, 2018, and 2020. Her work belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection.

     

     

  • Juan Fried 2020

    Juan Fried 2020

    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.)

     

     

  • Chris & Sue Holmquist 2020

    Chris & Sue Holmquist 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Glynnis Lessing 2020

    Glynnis Lessing 2020

    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 2020

    Gail Gates 2020

    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 2020

    Dick Zawacki 2020

    There is a certain warmth and beauty in wood that has always appealed to me.  Whether it is carved with hand tools or worked with power tools, the unique grain in each piece of wood makes every finished item one-of-a-kind.  My carved pieces are made from northern Minnesota basswood or butternut from the southern part of our state.  My turned pieces almost always start as local, storm damaged trees or trees removed from private property.


    Carving has changed how I relate to things in everyday life.  I now observe and perceive the differences in people's facial features or the variations in a species of an animal or bird instead of just “seeing” them.  My carving subjects are often taken from things that I know best in my life.  I find most types and styles of carving enjoyable and I can often apply the process I've learned in one style to others.


    Wood turning focuses my efforts on creating a form pleasing to the eye while at the same time highlighting the wood's grain.  Knowing that my turned pieces are usually functional, I try to complete them in a way that is food safe and invites people to pick them up and hold them.


    While creating a new piece, I enjoy seeing the beauty of the wood grain emerge and develop to  enhance the piece as it progresses to its final form.  I have had the pleasure of learning from many teachers, but my best lessons come from doing, experimenting, and, yes, making mistakes.  I find that my woodworking 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 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, trying new ideas, and making more wood chips.

     

     

     

     

  • Annie Larson 2020

    Annie Larson 2020

    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.

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  • Ann Poulson 2020

    Ann Poulson 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Christie Clarke 2020

    Christie Clarke 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Barbara Zaveruha 2020

    Barbara Zaveruha 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Geralyn Thelen 2020

    Geralyn Thelen 2020

    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!

     

     

  • Elizabeth Schott 2019

    Elizabeth Schott 2020

    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!

     

     

  • Lori Schmidt 2020

    Lori Schmidt 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Tracy Roeder 2020

    Tracy Roeder 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Colleen Riley 2020

    Colleen Riley 2020

    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.

     

     

     

  • David Peterson 2020

    David Peterson 2020

    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.

     

     

  • Wendy Nordquist 2020

    Wendy Nordquist 2020

    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 2020

    Reid Hendershot 2020

    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 2020

    Cathy Collison 2020

    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 2020

    Carla Brown 2020

    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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  • Heather Lawrenz 2020

    Heather Lawrenz 2020

    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.