Jay Arpin

Guest Artist at Milwaukee Blacksmith

 
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Jay fell in love with Printmaking during my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He was drawn to the variety, exibility and surprises inherent in the process. His preference for drawing and working in black and white is celebrated in the nuances of cutting the linoleum, etching the plate, applying the ink and pulling the print; the variety in texture, value and contrast that come from black ink on paper is thrilling.

After years of relief printing by hand, He recently took the leap and purchased a small press for his home studio. The press elevated his linoleum prints allowing him to print better and bigger. The press also created the opportunity for him to return to making intaglio prints using an acrylic resist technique for etching.

His work explores themes of nature, portraiture, and time. Currently, he is working on a body of work that examines humanity’s complex relationship with the Industrial Revolution, further technological advancements and the consequences for the future. Embodied in the strong graphic sensibility of his work, are inspirations from music, expressionism, lm noir and comicbook art.

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Stephanie Bartz

Guest artist at GreyHouse Creative Market

MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour Committee Member

 

Stephanie Bartz brings 25 years of experience to her professional portrait photography.

Known for her creative, playful and upbeat approach, she thoughtfully matches her subject to the right environment. You'll find her in her "studio", out on location, setting the mood for the story. 

Stephanie received an associate degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. She continued her education through workshops and collaboration with other professional photographers.

While primarily a commissioned photographer, she also sells and shows work in galleries, boutiques, businesses, and at fine art shows throughout Wisconsin.

She's a board member of Local First Milwaukee, and a member of Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council and the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. 

 

John Bowers

Host Artist at JBC Pottery

 
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John Bowers was born in Philadelphia, PA, moved to Wisconsin in 1971 and has been living in Milwaukee since 1982. He found clay and the pottery wheel in a high school art class. After working with his second high school art teacher, potter and painter, Richard Woopert on Raku demonstrations held for parent- teacher nights his love of clay was sealed.

When he went to college, John choose to major in engineering at UW-Waukesha. Somewhat disinterested he then went to Oshkosh and studied with Paul Donhauser. That was a short but meaningful experience. His next stop was UW-Madison with more engineering classes and ceramics with Don Reitz. Finally, John landed at UW-Milwaukee, was fed up with engineering and it was over. He made it to the ceramics department and decided to stay. Dick Evens, Karen Gunderman, Roy Bearens, Paula Rice and the sculptor Narendra Patel were his teachers. After college, various jobs and teachers including Marnie Elbaum and Jeff Knoska. He has attended workshops at NCECA in 1974, 2014, 2017.

John uses the potters wheel to express the narrative of the circle of life. He enjoys bringing a smile to people’s faces when they discover a connection to one of his pieces. Drawn to the wheel from the start John now finds himself in his 60th year starting seeing that going around in a circle is not all that bad. He is drawn to the maker-user scenario, as function dictates his forms.

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Pam Bronk

Guest artist at Fiberwood Studio

 

Using images derived from nature and classic Japanese design allows me to explore different themes and surface techniques on my handbags. Over the years I have incorporated many techniques, from beadwork to airbrushing to hand painting to stamping and embossing. I am constantly finding fresh inspiration in nature, art, and travel. I have been involved in the midwest's crafts circuit since 1974 and am consistently impressed by the fresh ideas I see around me.I create my unique bags and accessories in my studio in the Wisconsin countryside. When creating my handiwork I strive to construct bags that are durable and functional, as well as creative and beautiful. 

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Theresa Brunson

Tabby Handbags

Guest Artist at The Pfister and Paradise Home

 

Theresa Brunson has a life-long experience and career in Clothing and Textiles Design. She is has taught sewing and design class as a home economist educator for over 30 years. She has a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Her relationship with textiles began in her youth with family members that taught her the art of sewing and handcrafting.

Tabby Handbag and Accessories reflect an earthy, textural, organic and the modern expression of wearable arts. Her bags are small to moderate in size. The large bags add the more modern appeal for women. The accessories are distinctive and matchless to other headbands and head wraps. Theresa uses ethnic embellishments to compliment the original design. She reflects joy and delight in every one of her handcrafted items design.

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Barb Chappell

Host artist at Fiberwood Studio

 

Barbara Chappell is a fabric designer working primarily with woven textiles. She studied Design at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, earning a Bachelors in Textile Design and later a Masters in Fibers from UW-Stout. After moving to Milwaukee in 1997 she opened Fiberwood Studio Ltd which celebrates 20 years in business this year. When she is not busy creating you will find her sharing her passion for textiles, teaching weaving and other fiber techniques at the Studio.

Whether creating household or fashion fabrics, she is drawn to texture, subtle shifts of color and tone, and the simple but elegant interplay of yarns to create textiles that are both aesthetically pleasing and useful. Her designs are inspired by the natural fibers and yarns that fill the studio and how to make the most of their qualities. The tactile nature of working with the yarns and the rhythmic process of the weaving keep her excited to see what comes next.

Barbara is a past president and longtime member of Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council.

 
 

Lyn Chevrier

Guest Artist at Jan Jahnke Art

 

Designs are Original no patterns. Wire Weaving, Crochet with copper anodized wire, various Hand Woven Bead Weaving Techniques and Free Form Wire Wrapping create texture, color and unique designs

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Bob Dickey

Guest Artist at Sustar Woodworks

 

It’s been over 20 years since I started building wood jewelry and keepsake boxes. I love working with different woods, particularly those with unique figure and color. For 15 years I exhibited in fine art shows around the country. Since 2015 however, I have limited my distribution to small local invitational events, and my online Etsy shop.

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Dale and Kathy Eggert

Host artists at Eggert Glass Art

 

Dale and Kathy Eggert have been making glass art and sharing a studio space for over three decades.

Dale designs and produces distinctive, contemporary sculptures, furniture and accessories by sandblast carving and painting on half-inch or thicker plate glass panels. He then uses metallic paints and metal foils to color the etched areas, combining the glass with welded steel forms to create an object of beauty and function.

Layers of powdered glass enamel are applied to Kathy's sandblast carved glass in multiple kiln firings to create enameled glass tiles with luminous color of great depth. The tiles are then mounted on wood panel for hanging. Her current body of work is inspired by the 19th century ornithological illustrations as well as the fragility of the environment and the plight of all life forms as climate change alters habitat and food sources.

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Heather Eiden

Craft Me Calm

Host artist at Good Hope Island

 

From Heather:

When I was in first grade, I told a friend that I hoped to become a veterinarian and I did not want to starve to death as an artist. I am a contemporary folk artist. Travels to Bali, India, Suriname and other locales in Europe with vibrant traditions of folk art enrich the visual language.

I’m inspired by the way children gaze upon the world with curiosity. My work uses clay as a medium of exploration. In my ideal working environment, ideas flow from one to the next like a child at play.

23 years ago, I took an architectural tiles class at Anderson Ranch in Colorado. There was a team of teachers during my training including Peter Volkos. They showed us how to deconstruct tradition ceramic forms into fine art. I have been making art tiles ever since.

As a yoga teachers working in clay my process is a meditation. Tiles are versatile like a blank canvas. I carve, stamp, model and sketch into the clay to create narratives of everyday life. I am interested in clay as an ancient material for communicating ideas that have been used for practical purposes in all cultures.

My ceramic surface designs are inspired by the natural world, organic shapes and the way living things germinate and grow. The garden and river in our back yard are a continuous source of visual stimulation. This is where I take surface design walks to gain new visual information for clay and drawing.

 

Dee Evans

Guest Artist at Cream City Clay

 

Diane (Dee) and her husband Dave have collected pottery over 40 years as they have traveled around the USA. When Diane retired she wanted to continue that tradition but instead of collecting others pottery, she wanted to create her own pieces. In the fall of 2015, she went to Doors Open at Cream City Clay, and fell in love with the facility and the people. While creating functional pottery for use in the home, she has been working on developing interesting glazes and altering pieces. Her pieces have also included creating one of kind Christmas angels.

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Janet Falk

Flying Pig and Felted Bunny

Guest artist at Good Hope Island

 

Jan is an artist, teacher, and lifelong learner. She has been wet felting for about 10 years, mostly doing nuno felting and recycling silk prints. About 2 years ago, she made silk and wool animal pelt shapes for a major work. The symbolism was innovative and gave the piece layers of meaning. Lately, she’s gathered leaves and is making botanical contact prints. Being able to leave an imprint of something that was once living, making the impermanent permanent, connects Jan with the earth and the amazing shapes and dyes extracted from botanical forms, worth a lifetime of experimentation. She continues exploring and connecting nature forms with people.

 

Mary Wohglemuth and Michael Thee

Flow MKE Studio

Guest artists at Jean’s Clay Studio

 
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FLOW jewelry is handsmithed by partners/collaborators Michael Thee and Mary Wohlgemuth in their Milwaukee studio. “We create everyday statements to wear and enjoy using sterling silver, gemstones, and cabochons. Our process uses traditional goldsmithing tools, skills, and techniques with a focus on fine craftsmanship.” Mary and Michael believe you can “Wear Your Art!”

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Linda Franzblau

Guest Artist at JBC Pottery

 
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The process of making things with my hands has always been a critical component of my life. Making Jewelry allows me to utilize my hands, head, and heart. Creating jewelry that is a BLEND of traditional and non-traditional materials, and techniques keeps me engaged in the process. The practice of trial and error making material perform in unexpected ways leads to fun discoveries and more often failure. I take inspiration from the materials I am presented with and how they can transform into jewelry that is unique, affordable and wearable.

Throughout my life I created pieces for my personal use or for as gifts. I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in Printmaking. As my career progressed I went back to college at night, earning an MA in Marketing and working as a creative director at Hallmark Cards. After a diverse career in Marketing I took a break to adopt my daughter. As a single parent it was a wonderful time to bond with my daughter and experience life. But time files and so does money so I went back to my marketing and creative career As my daughter grew, we often created together. Soon we had more pieces than we could give away and we were going to different events, then shows to sell our work. Little by little we learned what not to do as well what worked. Each event taught us something new and introduced us to some very special people. These people filled us with joy and taught us much. My daughter is now exploring her life but continues to be my muse and critic as I explore jewelry creating.

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Kierston Ghaznavi

Keghaznavi Illustration

Guest Artist at The Pfister and Paradise Home

 

Kierston works mainly with pen, ink and markers, as well as digital illustration and graphic design. Kierston's subject matter focuses on black pop culture, afro centric natural hair, positive imagery of black women, self love and awareness. Keghaznavi Illustration’s mission is to provide a unique art experience by creating handmade earrings, pins, paper dolls and illustrations; giving customers a new way to experience and purchase original and affordable artwork.

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Mary Hager

Guest artist at Jean’s Clay Studio

 

On an armature of wood and wire she sculpts the bodies of each of her creatures with a lightweight air drying clay. Pressing in different textures to create their skin and cutting in their features. The masks and beetles are assembled with wood veneer, air dry clay, beaded legs, hand painted eyes and digitally created wings. Each piece is hand painted with layers of brilliant acrylic paints and coated with a flexible UV and moisture protective acrylic gel or acrylic spray.

 

Jan Jahnke

Host Artist at Jan Jahnke Art

 
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Jan Jahnke is both spontaneous and calculated in her approach to screen printing. Nest-like twigs and grasses occupy a generous portion of her landscapes, causing the eye to linger as they seemingly transform into a peaceful, subtle arrangement of texture and color. The concentration is on detailed mark-making , line and shape as she applies multiple layers of both transparent and opaque ink, editing and reapplying until she reflects the natural world with a rich surface quality of texture and depth. Her work is in numerous residential, corporate and health care collections.

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Kent and Shannon Knapp

Host artists at Milwaukee Blacksmith

WKE Fine Craft Studio Tour Committee Member

 

Milwaukee Blacksmith is a family owned and operated blacksmith shop led by Kent Knapp. Knapp has been studying ironwork for nearly 30 years. His love and admiration for not only this incredible craft but the way it shapes the face of our city are infectious. Over the last 14 years in business, Kent has shared his art and passion with his family, all who have joined him in the shop. 

 

Maria Knier

Guest artist at GreyHouse Creative Market

 

Maria has been painting, drawing and sculpting as long as she can remember. She says all of her creations come from her heart as much as they do her hands and she primarily loves creating work that is nature-based and quirky. Maria has a BFA in illustration from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design ('93) and has been hired by both national and international companies for her work as an illustrator. Her lifelong dream of writing and illustrating her own two storybooks earned her three Indie Book Awards. Maria has spent the last few decades studying the ancient practice of Ayurveda, and her love of the healing arts bleeds into all aspects of her life. It is especially apparent in her art.

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Liz Lewandowski

Guest artist at Cream City Clay

 

Liz Lewandowski is an illustrator by trade but has found a special love for ceramics and is currently producing work in Milwaukee. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University with classes supplemented from MIAD. Liz is all about the story telling when it comes to her pieces. She finds inspiration mostly from mythology from around the world and classic literature.

Liz produces both functional and non-functional work, which also incudes sculpture. Most of her functional work is either decorated by painting detailed images in underglaze or by a process known as sgraffito, which is the process of carving in the clay to reveal an image. Her non-functional work consists mostly of handcrafted tiles, platters, and sculptures that are either carved in black and white or Raku fired.

Liz is always trying to expand her knowledge in the ceramic field in order to take her work to the next level. In doing so she has had the opportunity to work with Jeff Shawhan, who is the ceramics professor at Concordia Univiersity and a Raku artist. She also teaches at Cream City Clay in Milwaukee, WI.

 

Andrew Linderman

Host artist at Andrew Linderman Pottery

WKE Fine Craft Studio Tour Committee Chairperson

 

Andrew Linderman is a studio potter and former high school chemistry teacher originally from the Twin Cities and currently living and working in Milwaukee, WI. He makes functional pots to make the best moments in life better, to make the mundane moments more enjoyable, and to make the difficult moments more bearable. Linderman uses his background in chemistry to create glazes that are enhanced by the firing process in which he produces his pots. Recently, He has also explored how the wood-firing process affects the surfaces of his pots. He continually strives to create work in which the functionality of a piece is enhanced by its aesthetic and tactile qualities. Linderman graduated from Luther College (Decorah, IA) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He has learned his art and craft primarily from George Lowe during his undergraduate studies, S.C. Rolf post-graduation and wood firing from Simon Levin.. Linderman also teaches classes at Cream City Clay in Milwaukee, WI.

 

Jennifer Loberg

Scarred for life bags

Guest Artist at Andrew Linderman Pottery

 

Scarred for Life is a leather-worker from Milwaukee, WI. She developed her love for leather working with her grandfather, who reupholstered vehicles. She loves to work with modern, designs and uses classic stitching techniques in her pieces. Many leather items are made with repurposed materials and every little scrap is used.

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Roxane Mayeur

Guest artist at GreyHouse Creative Market

 

Roxane Mayeur is a mixed media artist working in painting, printmaking and collage. For the past three years she has worked almost exclusively in encaustic, multiple layers of beeswax, tree resin and pigments fused using a torch or other heat source, producing a translucence and ethereal quality unlike any other medium. She also works with cold wax medium, which bridges encaustic painting and traditional oil painting. She often embeds organic materials into the wax, such as rust, metal, stone, graphite, as well as collage and original digital photography.

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Jacob Meer

Guest Artist at Andrew Linderman Pottery

 
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Jacob Meer is a wood fire ceramic artist currently living and working in St Petersburg, FL. He is originally from Waukesha, WI and received his BFA from UW-Milwaukee. He then worked as an apprentice to Simon Levin before moving to St. Petersburg, FL to become an Artist-in-Residence at the Morean Center for Clay. Jacob creates utilitarian pottery to live within the home. He chooses to use atmospheric kilns to finish his work to create quite and varied surfaces. Jacob has shown work nationally at ceramic shows such as Strictly Functional Pottery National In Lancaster PA, Woodfire Works in Gainesville FL, and Working Pots in Algoma WI.

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Mary Mendla

Guest Artist at Good Hope Island

 

Mary Mendla is a painter, textile surface design artist, apparel designer, and art instructor.

Her textile work is done primarily in the techniques of Shibori, a bound resist dye process, and hand painting of dyes to create one of a kind textiles. She often combines these techniques with methods of texturing such as devore’ (burn-out) and heat treatment to create permanent three-dimensional form to enhance the color washes and patterns on her textiles.

Her garments are created of natural fibers, primarily rayon jersey, linen, and silk. Styles are softly structured for comfort and appealing fit for all body types in sizes from Misses Extra-Small to Women’s 2X.

Mary also creates 2-D fiber art and sculptural wall hangings using the techniques of Shibori and heat set texture in silk. These abstract works of art are inspired by the natural world especially water, forests and trees, and back-lit horizons.

Mary works out of her studio in Thiensville where she also creates abstract paintings in oil and cold wax and teaches workshops in fiber art and painting. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing with a minor focus on fiber arts.

Mary is a member of the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, the League of Milwaukee Artists, the Cedarburg Artists Guild, and the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network

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Rebekah Nicholas

Guest Artist at Good Hope Island

 

Rebekah Nicholas is a new studio potter who is trying to make the perfect mug. She is interested in objects that bring people together and make life more joyful. She found clay to be an art form similar to her other art, watercolors. There is planning and then a moment of held breath as the process gives its final say. Rebekah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW- Milwaukee and has worked alongside Sylvia Mondloch of Silver Creek Pottery and Forge.

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Ryan Peters

Guest Artist at Milwaukee Blacksmith

 

Ryan Peters, a small batch studio potter, has had his hands in clay since 2003. Known for his bold design work, he uses a tape resist technique to apply geometric designs to all sorts of forms, both decorative and functional. A majority of his work is now created in the electric kiln, but his roots were in alternative firings, the Raku firing process.

After graduating high school in 2007, he attended UW-Whitewater for a year, in pursuit of an Art degree. When the system stood in the way, he decided to pursue his professional career in pottery and opened his first storefront in November 2008, in Historic Downtown Waukesha. He sat on the board of the Waukesha Art Fest for 5 years, and was an active member of the Waukesha West End Artists.

Ryan has participated in art fairs across the state, and has shipped his work worldwide through his online Etsy shop. He has been the guest artist at UW-Platteville, as well as MIAD, and several high schools in southeastern WI. Other than throwing demos, he also travels to schools with his Raku set up and hosts workshops for students to experience the process.

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Rosy Petri is a multidisciplinary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her passion for social justice, art, and storytelling has allowed her to travel the country for various projects. From these adventures, she pieces together written and auditory narratives as well as visual art to create shared experiences of bearing witness to humans being. In the last few years, Rosy has lived in some interesting places, including a farm in Dodge County, a Catholic Worker Hospitality House on the south side of Chicago, and a Franciscan friary and interfaith arts center in Detroit.

About her artwork, she states:

I am a mother, artist, and multimedia storyteller from Milwaukee, WI. As a woman of color making art, creating work is one of the few areas in life where I am able to freely name, embrace, and honor my own identity. Using photographs, mixed media, textiles and storytelling, I hope to contribute to the creation of long-term social equality and a truly free society. I am proud of my diverse background, as well as the gifts and traits passed down to me though traditional and non-traditional avenues. Walking a blurred line between sacred and profane, beauty and utilitarianism, warrior and lover —I’ve come to know it as balancing my Malcolm out with a little bit of Martin. I create work that conveys and celebrates the complex nature of human life and relationships while further exploring my own personal spiritual journey and commitment to community. I stand in solidarity as and with the oppressed people of the world and hope to use my work as a respectful way of sharing valuable stories and lessons brought to the table.

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MaryAnne Roethle

Guest Artist at Cream City Clay

 

The best compliment of my work is seeing it put into use. As an artist I find inspiration in observing how people interact with beautiful objects around them. My work is currently focused on functional clay pieces, cups, bowls, plates and platters. I tend to work in a series or sets to create wares that can be used in harmony. Recently, I have reconnected to my creative side and am experimenting with carving patterns and overlaying glazes, enjoying all aspects of the process along the way. MaryAnne is a ceramic artist and mother of two who lives and works in Wauwatosa, WI.

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Frank Scott

Guest artist at Eggert Art Glass

 

Frank is a flameworker, metalsmith and tool maker.  The Murano tradition of lampworking is Frank’s reference point.  His work includes marbles, beads,and sculpture.  Frank’s work has traveled in juried shows to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Glass Art Museum in Kobe, Japan.  Frank and Judy operated their art gallery for thirty years and this experience developed their aesthetic for fine, handcrafted jewelry.

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Natalya Sorin

Guest Artist at Good Hope Island

 
 

Natalya Sorin is an artist and art teacher, living in Mequon, and working at the Alexander Mitchell School of Integrated Arts. She creates wood burned artworks that are inspired mostly by nature and our surroundings. Her work involves many skills such as designing, drawing, and woodworking. However, more than anything she am fascinated by the combination of fire and wood that gives the viewer an immaculate impression of a bond between the human and organic worlds.

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Ian Sustar

Host Artist at Sustar Woodworks

 

As the son of a furniture artisan Ian spent most of my childhood in his father’s shop absorbing all the wisdom and knowledge he could. Watching his father work and helping him on projects helped ignite a passion for woodworking that continues today. In 2009, Ian spent the summer honing his skills at the famous Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers shop in Auburn, Maine. Upon returning home the idea for Sustar Woodworks was born. Ian’s designs are influenced by the shaker philosophy that form follows function. Ian handcrafts heirloom quality furniture that is meant to be used and provide value to the families it serves.

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Julie Terwelp

SnapHappy Creative

Guest Artist at Cream City Clay

 

Julie Terwelp received a BFA in graphic design along with a strong minor in surface design from East Carolina. As time went on, she spent all her time creating on a computer. She began to feel more like a computer coder than an artist. So after three decades, she stood up and stepped away from the computer screen. And returned to her traditional art roots by exploring illustration and pottery. Julie's art is good for your soul. It radiates carefree energy. Each hand-built piece expresses joy through color, pattern and texture. She explores the physical manipulation of clay by altering it into a variety of shapes and forms. Carved illustrations dance across the clay. And patterned ornamentations reveal a passion for surface design. The result is an invitation for the viewer to join in the pursuit of happiness.

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Jean Wells

Host artist at Jean’s Clay Studio

WKE Fine Craft Studio Tour Committee Member

 

Jean Smaglik Wells, a professional potter for over 25 years, creates contemporary stoneware pottery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Known for her graphic designs, Jean’s uses an age-old technique called “sgraffito” in which her stylized designs are individually hand drawn and carved through colored clay on every piece. Thrown on the pottery wheel, her simple, sturdy forms hold up well to daily use.  

Jean studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1985-1988, majoring in Ceramics and minoring in Portrait Painting.  She went on to work as an apprentice at Geneva Art Pottery with John and Claire Bailey in Lake Geneva, WI in 1990 and started her own studio practice in Milwaukee during the early 90’s.

Jean currently sells most of her work directly through her online Etsy shop and at regional Art & Craft shows. Notably, Jean recently created a successful series of ‘limited edition’ handmade mugs for Colectivo Coffee shops in the Milwaukee/Madison areas. In 2017, the USGA commissioned Jean to create commemorative pieces for the US Open Championship held at Erin Hills Golf Course in Wisconsin.

Jean is a board member of the Wisconsin Designer Craft Council and a member of both the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network and Local First Milwaukee.  She is also co-founder of Milwaukee Empty Bowls  established in 1999, an organization that has raised over 750,000 dollars for local food pantries and meal programs in SE Wisconsin.

 

Kim Wilson

Guest artist at Fiberwoood Studio

WKE Fine Craft Studio Tour Committee Member

 

The inspiration for Kim Wilson's jewelry comes from exploring life's surroundings. Whether it is textures in nature, geometric shapes, or feelings from within, all are a stage of the creative process. Since 2000, Wilson has been designing small wearable sculptures. Implementing her background in floral design, she incorporates her own natural yet contemporary interpretation in each work of art. 

It is rare that Wilson's vision of a piece starts on paper; instead, she prefers to let the piece evolve during the construction process. Her hand-fabricated pieces are created using sterling silver, high karat gold, and stones. The metals are treated with surface techniques such as forging, roller printing, and patinating. Because some pieces are more complex in construction, she uses both hot and cold connections. 

Kim Wilson studied metals and jewelry construction at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and Terri McCarthy Studios in Grafton, WI. She has participated in various workshops by well-known instructors, including Todd Reed, Andy Cooperman, Leah Hardy, and Jan Harrell. 

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