Woodworking

Madeline Morgan

Maddie Morgan is a fourth generation professional furniture maker trained in both the classical European and Japanese artisan woodworking traditions.  Following a lengthy career as a furniture designer/maker, she joined the faculty of The Evergreen State College where she taught courses in Furniture Design, Furniture Making, and Traditional Japanese Architecture and Building Practice for 14 years.

Terry Liberty

Terry Liberty is a long time woodworking enthusiast having started in his dad’s home workshop as a child. Although not a professional, Terry has built several of the furniture pieces in his home. His work includes an eight foot woodworking bench, a drop-leaf dining room table, a free standing entertainment center, print cabinet, pencil post bed, dresser, display cabinet, work tables, spice racks and several decorative boxes for friends and family. His current project is a secretary desk made of big leaf maple. Terry’s major inspiration came from his father and from the writings of James Krenov. His hope is to impart some of his knowledge and inspiration to other potential woodworkers and to learn from them as well.

Francis Fong

I first started woodworking  at The Evergreen State College in 2015. The year prior I had been studying cultural and environmental studies, but eventually shifted my academic focus to furniture making and design. Soon after, I started working at the campus woodshop where my duties involved helping many dozens of students with a wide range of woodworking projects. Although my academic studies shifted, I have continued to independently study politics, culture, and their intersections with the world of fine woodworking

After graduating from Evergreen I continued to practice woodworking during my artist residency at Arbutus, and also as an employee at a local woodshop. I find that I enjoy woodworking the most when I’m making something for a friend or family member, and want to help others do the same.

Larry Miller

I make what I like to call “Functional Art”.  These are items turned on a lathe from reclaimed/recycled wood that have a functional use, yet reflect the natural beauty of the wood.  I’ve been teaching woodturning to ages from 7 to 70 for the past 12 years.  I mentor other woodturners, am the founder and past-president of the Olympia, Washington woodturning club.  I volunteer with the local high school wood shop where we have several students learning to turn wood, and I chair the annual youth program for the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) Symposium.  I’m often called to make specialty items and do restorations work to order.

Ben Kahn

Ben has been developing his fine woodworking skills since 1997 when he studied industrial technology at Berea College in KY.  During this time his passion for craft was also focused on clay, metal and many hours on the lathe apprenticing with master woodturner Rude Osolnik.  In 2000 he attended the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Townsend and developed a career designing, building and repairing wooden boats. While working in the shipyard was educational and full of camaraderie, Ben felt like something was missing.  The urge to teach compelled him to try for a job at the boat school he attended 6 years prior and the rest is history.  During the last ten years he has been teaching at the school and doing projects at home in his shop.  Watch historic reproduction boats designed and built by Ben in this BBC TV show re-creating John Wesley Powell’s historic first trip down the Grand Canyon!

Joe Tougas

Joe Tougas has been carving wood since he was a teenager. He operated the Buffalo Sign Company in Olympia for twenty years, specializing in carved wood signs. He taught woodcarving classes at the Evergreen State College for many years.

John Chernoff

John Chernoff is a long time resident of Olympia and a graduate of The Evergeen State College. He has worked as a theater technician, remodel carpenter and now currently teaches Shop & Robotics at Jefferson Middle School in Olympia.  When not assisting students with bird houses and toolboxes John likes to build projects that fit the needs of the client and will last lifetimes. Currently building a workbench his next project will be cabinet doors for his home and a cedar fence for a client. John is eager to bring foundational woodworking skill, techniques and enthusiasm to a wider audience through the Arbutus Folk School.

Fiber Arts

Joan Hoffmeyer

I began weaving on a rigid heddle on January 1, 2016.  I’ve been teaching classes since May 2017 after taking many classes myself.  I have also taken up weaving on four & eight shaft floor looms.  Some other classes I’ve taken are Coast Salish weaving utilizing twining and twilling techniques and tapestry weaving.

Roberta (Bobbi) Chase

While stitching by her grandma’s knee at age 4, Bobbi developed a lifelong passion for needlework.  She pursued it through her college career, volunteered at a number of museums, wrote magazine articles, delivered lectures, and has taught over 30 years.  Specializing in “vintage” fine hand sewing techniques, with particular interest in costuming and embellishment, it remains a passion.

Bobbi’s teaching philosophy is one that endeavors to enlighten students to new materials and techniques, encouraging them to add to their own personal repertoire.  She likes to teach technique as well as educate the eye to recognize both past uses and future possibilities of such materials and techniques.  Her personal affinity is for the “past”, reflecting a period style, but she does, however, appreciate and encourage each persons’ own vision of needlework and thoroughly enjoy each individual creative process.  Click here to see her full bio: Bobbi’s Bio

Ceramics

Alan Perillo

I began throwing pots in high school and quickly developed a passion for it. I received formal pottery training as an apprentice in North Carolina, where I made work in large batches to be fired in a wood kiln. I also have experience teaching ceramics at community art studios.

I moved to Tenino, WA in the spring of 2019 and am currently starting my own pottery business with aspirations to build my own wood burning kiln. I enjoy exploring traditional shapes and combining those forms with loose, gestural decorations. I primarily make functional pottery and would like to share this process with the local community to help cultivate an appreciation for handmade, everyday objects.

Mike Cummins

I have been an artist/athlete for as long as I can remember.  The sensation of doing something, anything creatively active has always been my life’s favorite pursuit.  Evergreen State College brought me to Olympia in the early 90’s.   I liked how it was close to the ocean when I wanted to surf, I liked how people were passionate and communicative about their ideas.  I liked the walkability and bikeability.  Everything about this community still resonates with my heart and mind.  Although I learned to work with clay in middle school, I really began to focus on my work in the late 90’s, early 2000.  From this time to now, I have continuously developed my skills as a tile artist and potter.  I am really proud that my work is in so many places around Olympia.  From the little bowl in someone’s kitchen, to the entrance at Old School Pizzeria, to the L.O.T.T. Reclaimed Water Tank Project.   Thank you for supporting me and I hope to see you at Arbutus.

Nicole Gugliotti

Nicole Gugliotti was born in 1979 and raised under the hot Florida sun. In 2005 she relocated to Tokyo, Japan where she lived for 3 years.  In 2008 she returned to the U.S. and her Floridian roots. Nicole completed her MFA from the University of Florida in 2014.

She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Tim Salen Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL and The Institute of Ceramic Studies at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan.  Curatorial projects include Think Warm: Miami Draws for You at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and The Art Lending Project in Gainesville, Florida.

Currently based in Olympia, WA she maintains her own studio and is the Instruction & Classroom Support Technician the Art Department at South Puget Sound Community College.

http://www.nicolegugliotti.com/

Lys Opp-Beckman

Lys Opp-Beckman is an artist from Eugene, Oregon. She got her BFA in industrial design from Parsons School of Design and her MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon. She brings over a decade of materials and industrial design experience to the hand building ceramics instructor position. Her work is playful, approachable and muted in pallet. She draws inspiration from old objects made by other humans, and the plants and animals of the Pacific Northwest. Her personal art practice involves the creation of decorative ceramic home goods, rowdy paper mâché masks, still life illustrations and paper cutouts. She currently resides in Olympia, Washington with her husband, two dogs, and seven rescue fish. When not at Arbutus or in her art studio she works with historic buildings across the United states.

Eowyn Smith

I have been working with clay for much of my life – my parents began building a house of clay (adobe) when I was 3. Graduating with a degree in Environmental Biology and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, I worked in potteries and tile-making studios across the west. Currently I divide my time between teaching preschool in the greater Olympia community and working with clay in the studio.  I have taught Ceramics regionally for the City of Olympia for several years. My work’s content often focuses on the nature of home both ecologically and emotionally.  I am fascinated with living textures and love the reductive and additive processes that are possible with clay, thus my thrown pieces are often highly touched and altered.

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Kate Slosson

I started throwing pots for the very first time right here at Arbutus Folk School in 2019. From my first sit down at the wheel I knew pottery was going to be a huge part of my life. I enjoy making utilitarian wares and things we can use practically every day. Before plastic, ceramic vessels were crucial for storing liquids, ferments, foods, soups, and so much more. This curiosity with sustainability led me to The Evergreen State College where I’m currently enrolled in a sustainability program geared towards health, food, and farming. When I’m not throwing pots I’m most likely lost in the garden or in the woods where I get most of my inspiration.

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Renee Dryfoos

I have loved making things from clay since my first hand built ashtray, which I carved with symbols from my then favorite TV show, Man Woman Birth Death Infinity…Well, speed forward quite a few years, to 2001, where I get more serious and dedicated to clay and its magic. Since then, I have continued a happy exploration of all things wheel thrown and hand-built and in between. I took almost every class offered at the Craft Center of UC Davis, and progressed to workshops and classes elsewhere, including naked raku, wood-firing, and sculpture. When I teach basic wheel-throwing, I try to foster a fun environment which allows for exploration and utilizes “mistakes” as opportunities for spontaneous creativity to emerge. Play and creativity are vital, and ceramics continuously offers me opportunities to expand and grow.

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Stone Carving

Keith Phillips & Ed Solerno

Keith Phillips born and raised in Washington. He is a veteran of the Navy & Coast Guard, and graduated from Central Washington University 1979. He has been cutting and carving various types of stone and hard rock as an architectural restoration and new construction stonecutter for 32 years. He has done a variety of demonstrations and instruction for many years. He lives in his ancestral home town of Tenino, WA.

Ed Salerno studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Seattle and is now entering his third year as apprentice to Keith Phillips. He has completed nearly 100 carvings and sold numerous works to local businesses and private collectors. In the summer of 2017 his first public commission will be unveiled at the Tenino City Park. He is a member of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association and a native Olympian.

Read more about Keith and Ed at the following links:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teninostonecarvers

The Olympian: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article26097052.html

South Sound Magazine: http://southsoundmag.com/print-articles/carved-in-stone/

Tenino Stone Quarries: http://geologywriter.com/blog/stories-in-stone-blog/the-tenino-stone-one-of-the-big-three-washington-state-building-stones/

Metal Arts

Kelly Rigg

Kelly first moved to Olympia in 1988 to attend The Evergreen State College, where he was able Kelly Riggs gate small picto combine his passions for natural history and three dimensional art in his studies. Upon graduating from Evergreen Kelly worked as a field biologist throughout the Northwest eventually settling in Seattle to raise a family.  While in Seattle, Kelly worked as a machinist, gaining an interest and skill in working with metal. Kelly soon inherited his grandfather’s coal-burning forge and a couple of basic blacksmithing tools.  He studied at Pratt Art Institute in Seattle as well as with local blacksmiths. Kelly and his family returned to Olympia in 2006, and Kelly started his own business, Big Hammer Technology.  Kelly’s metalwork draws on his passion for the natural world where birds, insects and natural forms are reoccurring themes.  Kelly has taught  blacksmithing classes at South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College.  Kelly is excited to have the opportunity to continue the blacksmithing tradition of teaching others his craft.  At Arbutus, Kelly will be teaching beginning and intermediate blacksmithing techniques and how to set up a basic home smithy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: BLACKSMITHING CLASSES ARE LOCATED AT KELLY RIGG’S STUDIO AT 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA. Click here for Google map. (Yelm Highway to Rich Rd SE, 3/4 Mile (or so) on right hand side to “Arts Park” main entrance. Look for the “Studio 23” sign above the studio entrance.) Please bring a lunch or drive to food services nearby.

Pamela Davis

Pamela Davis is a ceramic and metal artist who lives and works in Olympia, WA. Her work ranges from 3-D ceramic and metal pieces, installation art, works on paper, and jewelry. Form, line, and concept are important elements in her work. Her themes include environmental relationships, the body, and intersections of perspective.

Pamela hold a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College. She works at Evergreen as the Fine Metals Studio Technician and at Arbutus Folk School as the Program Administrator.

View her work at muchodesignjewelry.com

Youth

Amanda Hanson

I graduated from Central Washington University in 2013 with a BFA specializing in studio arts. My primary art mediums are needle felting and watercolor, but I also work with and teach a variety of other mediums. The inspiration for my artwork comes primarily from nature here in the Pacific Northwest. I like being able to use my art as a tool for educating the public on lesser known or misunderstood species.  

 I have been teaching since 2016, it is one of my favorite parts about being an artist. I love seeing my students grow as individuals and improving their skills. I have primarily taught visual arts lessons to K-5th grade students at elementary schools, but I also enjoy teaching painting lessons to senior citizens at my local senior center. 

View Amanda’s artist website here!

Hilary Morris

Hilary Morris has over twenty years of experience working with children. She has taught art and poetry classes, led hiking clubs for kids, volunteered in elementary and middle schools, run summer camps for children of all ages, and, ten years ago opened Roots and Wings Preschool in her home. She loves to create art with children, often drawing inspiration from the natural world.

Other Disciplines

Jami Heinricher

Letterpress & Papermaking

Jami Heinricher is the owner of The Sherwood Press and WIND•EYE Handmade Paper in Olympia. She studied astrophysics and philosophy, and is a graduate of The Evergreen State College. Her childhood passion for paper, typefaces, lettering, and bookbinding continued as hobbies through school and her early professional life as a graphic designer. But things got real when she began a 14 year apprenticeship in 1989 to the founder of The Sherwood Press. In 2003, she assumed ownership over the historic letterpress print shop and continues the legacy of design and letterpress printing for hire. In 2014 Jami started WIND•EYE Handmade Paper, a small papermaking studio at her home.

Sherwood Press and Wind Eye Handmade Paper: https://thesherwoodpress.wordpress.com/

Jennifer Kuhns

Mosaic Arts

Jennifer moved to Washington in 1988 to attend college, and quickly became rooted in the Olympia area.  After college, she co-owned a small Olympia restaurant for a couple of years, then shifted to social work and child advocacy, always making art in her spare time, which she exhibited and sold at local shops and independent art shows.  In 2000, she discovered mosaic and it became her medium-of-choice.  She has lived 30 miles Southwest of Olympia for 12 years now, enjoying the incredible beauty surrounding her, working in her studio and tending a large garden, chickens, geese, ducks, and goats.  She is also the parent of a spirited 10-year-old, and is grateful to have a flexible schedule so she can be available to her as needed.

Over the past 13 years, Jennifer has developed her mosaic technique and style. Her work is split between gallery exhibits, solo art shows at various venues, occasional art festivals, commissions, public art, and community art events.  Having many different projects in progress at any one time helps her to maintain interest and to keep growing with her art.  She generally has at least three active projects in her studio at a time, ranging from purely decorative to abstract to intricate realism, and she is able to maintain momentum by moving from one to another each day, or after several hours of work.  On Fridays, she teaches a drop-in art program for at-risk youth in Shelton.

John Wickstrom

Leather Craft

In 1959, while John was in the U.S. Navy, a friend introduced him to leathercraft. During his 20 years in the navy, he used this enjoyable hobby to fill his free time while out at sea.  

Twelve years ago he joined the Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-op. Through this group he has taken many classes from professionals and soon began teaching classes himself. He then began entering his work in the Puyallup State Fair, winning many awards and four Grand Champions.  

In 2014 he began teaching a leather group at the Lacey Senior Center, sharing what he has learned through the years.  

He has entered the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition for 4 years, winning bronze, silver and gold medals. This year he was invited to attend the national festival – winning the gold medal. 

 

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