Anne Blackburn – Handbuilt Pottery Class, Birdhouse Workshop

My greatest inspiration comes from nature. The shapes, forms and colors touch my soul. I especially enjoy the clash between organic and geometric. The hand-built pottery process enables me to incorporate a vast variety of textures and shapes into my work. The pieces I create embody what I have experienced observing nature and explore the visual conflict between man and nature.

My introduction to clay was at an intense two-week art program where we worked in a wooded setting and lived in cabins. I was hooked! After graduating from St. Mary’s College with a BA in Fine Art, I took a few classes here and there. Over the years I have dabbled in many different mediums- stone carving, stained glass, jewelry making and photography. About ten years ago, I rekindled my interest in pottery on a regular basis. I have created a body of work in pottery that I exhibit and sell at area art shows. Along the way I have built a loyal following of collectors. My pottery has been included in the MAAC show in St. Joseph, Michigan several times, including a Purchase award and a Merit award in 2013.

Annette Jones – Coil Pottery Planter Workshop, Luminary Pottery Workshop

Annette Jones Bio coming soon…  

Julie Manfredi – Acrylic, Mixed Media, Watercolor Classes (Fall 2022)

Julie is a native of Elkhart and has been recognized for her talent in Watercolor, Acrylic and Mixed Media. Initially taking lessons from several Art Instructors including Steve Johnson with the Elkhart Art League and Jim Borden with the South Bend Art League. Basically self taught, she has been recognized with awards from Juried Art Shows in Elkhart, Plymouth, and Ft Wayne. For many years, she has also been involved in Art Festivals in Indiana and Illinois. She is a Past President of the Elkhart Art League and has been teaching art for over 20 years.

Karen Nelson – Fresh Flower, Herb, and Weed Collagraph Workshop

Karen Nelson from Nelson’s Herbs Fame…  bio coming soon.

Ellen Ridenour – Batik Silk Scarf Workshop, Tie Dye Cotton Scarf Workshop, Handmade Papers Workshop, Co-teacher Fresh Flower, Herb, and Weed Collagraph Workshop

Ellen is a native of Bogota, New Jersey, and she moved to Indiana as a child. Ellen has a BFA degree from The Raclin School of the Arts from Indiana University in South Bend, Indiana. Ridenour has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and has won many awards in her photography, printmaking, fiber and encaustic works. She is a forever student in the arts and has taken workshops from Columbia (Pam Smith marbleizing,) Elena De Ville (teaches encaustic at Ringling school of Arts and Design,) and Gregory Wright (encaustic; Truro, Cape Cod.) Fiber art and letter press from Kathee Kiesselbach.

Sarah Ziker – Zoo Animal Fun Workshop, Kids Pottery Camp, Teen Pottery Camp bio coming soon…

Nancy Woltman, bio coming soon

Phil Monteith, bio coming soon

Tommie Pierce Freeman, bio coming soon