Julie Johnson

Feat of Clay

Blaine, MN

www.feat-of-clay.com

2017 booth #.

My sculptural work in polymer clay demonstrates proficiency with structural & surface techniques. I create 3-dimensionality in my sculptures & kaleidoscopes by building layers of clay & curing the project in stages.

My work exhibits my passion for color. I custom-blend all my clay colors for each project. During project construction, I use a variety of techniques to create unusual shapes & intriguing outcomes. A personal favorite is mokume gane (borrowed from ancient Japanese metal working) which I use to create patterns that can’t be duplicated & are uniquely mine - the outcomes are serendipitous & exciting! I believe in expanding my skills and moving in new directions; I create canes to achieve predictable patterns; cane work requires construction precision; it is labor-intensive & results in repetitive designs.

I love polymer clay because it allows me to combine it with other art media e.g., metal leaf, inks, etc., in new & as yet, undiscovered ways.

 

© Julie Johnson

© Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Feat of Clay

Blaine, MN

www.feat-of-clay.com

2017 booth #.

I create, using polymer clay, wearable art–not just jewelry! I adapt to color & fashion trends beyond the limitations of most other jewelry artists. My jewelry is functional, fun, trendy-one-of-a-kind. It is unique, hand-made, created one piece at a time with love & finished with great care. Wherever possible it is signed. Years of master-level training & experience enable me to create intriguing shapes (some with kinetic movement), incorporate interesting & unusual findings to create one-of-a-kind items of wearable art. My work demonstrates a high-level of proficiency with surface techniques. My work expresses a passion for originality & color – especially color! I custom-blend my colors for every project. I frequently incorporate my original art into a design. Repeat buyers come to my booth, often wearing a piece they purchased previously. I’m so appreciative of their support & they personally challenge me to stretch my horizons & continue my exploration of the medium.

 

 

© Julie Johnson

© Julie Johnson

Westside Art Guild

Orono, MN 

www.westsideartguild.wix.com/mysite

2017 Booth #

Westside Art Guild mission statement: To facilitate idea exchange and to provide opportunities for artists to show and sell their work.  

Member work (left to right):  Shakun Maheshwari,  Lonnie Broden, Linda Muellar, Carol Coleman, Margaret Merkow, Patricia Affeldt, 

David & Kathy Towley

David & Kathy Towley Woodworking

Bemidji, MN

2017 booth #.

Freehand turned originals, artistic, and functional pieces of work done on the lathe using fine Northern hardwoods. Each piece is finished with a natural foodsafe mixture of mineral oil & beeswax, buffed to a satin sheen that is both pleasing to the eye and touch.

Some of the pieces are accented with a freehand woodburned pine bough design.

© Towley

© Towley

Patrick Plautz

Patrick J's Imagination

Eagan, MN

patrickjsimagination.com

2017 booth #.

I create unique, one of a kind pieces in both furniture and wall art applications. I try to let the wood speak for itself, rarely using stains, but rather using multiple species of wood with natural finishes to create contrast.I often utilize live edge and burl woods on many of my projects, occasionally enhancing these pieces with inlaid stones and powders. My art tends to be whimsical, yet functional.

 

© Patrick Plautz

© Patrick Plautz

Marc Lamm

Minneapolis, MN

www.marclamm.com

2017 booth #.

I work with wood like a painter works with oils, creating images of lines, shapes and the natural colors of wood. Then, I carve the piece to create a wall sculpture. The carving creates shadows which enhance the image. At night, lights set at a low angle make the shadows more dramatic. Up close, you can touch the sculpture to feel the smooth flowing shapes and realize there are changes in the surface you didn’t notice. I create my art using techniques I began developing in 1996: joining boards along curves, inserting solid wood strips into curved cuts, embedding wood strips in circular cuts, and inserting pegs in intricate designs. This isn’t marquetry, intarsia or inlay. Finally, I sand and finish the piece in the same manner as fine furniture giving it a highly finished appearance and a highly durable surface which will retain that appearance even with constant touching by people, just like a piece of furniture.single

 

© Marc Lamm

© Marc Lamm

Aryn & Courtney Kern

Longshadow Woodworks

Little Falls, MN

www.longshadowwoodworks.com

2017 booth #.

In our work, we strive to combine beauty and function while doing our part to use our natural resources wisely.

We began our work as professional wood artists in 2006 when we realized the vast amount of wood waste that is created by larger wood product manufacturers. These businesses produce cut-offs and rippings that are usually chipped, burned, or simply thrown away so we set our woodshop up to utilize even the smallest pieces of cast off woods.

Each piece of wood is hand selected for its grain and character then it is laminated, planed, shaped, sanded, and finished.

Since reclaimed hardwoods are used, each piece is unique.

We truly feel as though we are making a difference not only in narrowing the stream of waste woods in the industry, but also in educating and creating an appreciation for different species of native hardwoods in our customers.

What began as a weekend shop project has turned into our passion and profession.

 

 

© Kern

© Kern

Eric Helland

Duluth, MN

2017 booth #.

Living in northern Minnesota, my surroundings supply my material and subject matter for my work. I am a self taught woodworker and use various methods including hand turning on the lathe and free form which often starts with my chain saw and ends with fine chisels and sand paper. I carefully choose local specimens for their unique characteristics and let the wood determine the project it will be used for.

 

© Eric Helland

© Eric Helland

David Montague

Brooklyn Park, MN

www.davidpmontague.com

2017 booth #.

Movement. Balance. Change.

I create hanging mobiles (kinetic sculpture) from stone, metal & acrylic materials in a wide range of sizes. My stone mobiles include agates, geodes & fossils; the acrylic type are available in any color. I'd like to present my work as an alternative to traditional sculpture & wall art--my mobiles utilize the frequently neglected spaces above. My sculptures interact with the viewer & the environment through endless transformations.

Please imagine my work in motion.

 

© David Montague

© David Montague

Layl McDill

Clay Squared to Infinity

Minneapolis, MN

www.claysquared.com

2017 booth #.

I use polymer clay to create whimsical sculptures. Millefiori canes are created with tiny images in every slice these slices are grouped together in different techniques to create patterns and texture. I also make transfers of my drawings onto the clay and then sculpt around these drawings. Mixed media and found objects are also incorporated.

 

 

© Layl McDill

© Layl McDill