Ketaki Poyekar

Elkader, IA
2018 booth #

My subject matter is nature, whether it is a traditional landscape or a bird and flower painting. I use acrylic paints, ink and brush on gallery stretched canvas, to capture movement and life in abstraction and let the viewer fill in the blanks to bring the painting to life. I love using bold, vibrant colors and forms. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places and things.

© Ketaki Poyekar

© Ketaki Poyekar

Todd Hughes

Grand Mound, IA
2018 booth #53

I only use the finest woods in my works making one piece at a time paying attention to detail and form. After all the cutting milling and sanding of the wood is done, I move on to gluing and clamping. After witch assembly is done and more gluing and clamping if needed. Then more sanding down to 320 grit or better. A host of finishes and custom colors can be applied to make it uniquely yours. I hand rub each with 000 steel wool and wax finely hand signed.


Tahmi DeSchepper

Tahmi - The Art of Woven Metal

Fairfield, IA


2018 booth #122

My inspiration comes from replicating textiles in metal. Using a medieval finger weaving technique, I weave fabric from thin metal wire. I then embed that woven metal fabric behind layers of clear glass I’ve fused in order to play with various optical effects in my jewelry. It’s intriguing to me that by changing the viewing angle slightly, you get a completely different experience of the underlying metal fabric. It’s hard to capture in a still image, but the result is very dynamic as light interacts with both the glass and the underlying metal fabric. Because I love sparkle so much, I also designed a tool so that I can make jump rings from square wire. This adds an additional intriguing element to my designs, because each side of the ring is flat, in essence creating hundreds of mirrored surfaces to further play with light. All necklaces and bracelets also feature my signature, easy to put on clasp that I design and fabricate myself.


© Tahmi DeSchepper

© Tahmi DeSchepper

Kirk Niehouse

Marshalltown, IA

2018 booth #48

I am the owner of and potter for Marshalltown Pottery Company which was created in 2002. I specializes in original, one-of-a-kind Raku and functional stoneware ceramics.

I separate my ceramics into two categories: wheel thrown pottery and hand-built pottery. My wheel thrown work is nonfunctional Raku or functional stoneware, which consists of bowls, plates, cups, wine chillers, colanders, bottles and vases. My wheel work is very tight and controlled, which would be a good characterization of me.

My hand-built work is much freer and more playful. It ranges from romantic candle-lit patio lanterns to elegant textured boxes with lids. It also includes textured abstract pieces created over forms to be used as bowls and vases. These pieces are then finished with the Japanese-American process of Raku to achieve metallic, copper and luster colors.



© Kirk Niehouse

© Kirk Niehouse