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.

Eric Cannizzaro

I grew up in Vermont, where I spent my free time exploring and searching for birds. After high school I spent a few years working odd jobs and traveling in Central and South America, finally deciding to enroll at the Evergreen State College to study Natural History in 2010.

At Evergreen I found my way to the woodshop and began working with Madeline Morgan, who focused me on handwork, and with whom I explored tool making, instrument making, Japanese joinery, furniture making, design and philosophy. Between field biology, odd jobs, and woodworking, I’ve been able to make a living.

My interest in woodworking and craft centers on functional objects, and is tied to ideas of dignity, autonomy, and beauty. My current focus is on green chair making.

Eric was the Arbutus Woodworking Artist in Residence from 2017-2019

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.

Fiber Arts

Marjorie Erickson

Marjorie Erikson has been weaving cloth on a variety of floor looms for over 25 years. She has taught private lessons in her home for at least 20 years and now teaches Beginning Weaving for the Olympia Weavers Guild. Her work has been shown in Galleries in WA, OR, CO, CA and WI. It has also been published in Handwoven Magazine and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. She holds awards from the Handweavers Guild of America, Handwoven Magazine, Association of Northwest Weavers and WA State Fair. Continuing to learn new weaving techniques and passing along her knowledge of weaving is of utmost importance to her.

Emily Gray

Emily Gray has been knitting for 10 years, spinning for five, and has been captivated by fiber for much longer than that.  When she’s not working with fiber or attending fiber festivals around the Northwest, she can be found practicing her communication skills, working alongside her husband on their property, and spending time with family near and far.

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

Valerie Bline

All roads lead back to art. As early as the third grade, I considered myself an artist. Since I’ve always been lucky, the public schools I attended taught every kind of paint, sculpting and printmaking. By the time I was enrolled at The Cleveland Institute of Art, I was immersed in sculpting with any material that presented itself. 

Life has a way of detouring us and sometimes diverting us back to our chosen path. After working at many professions, I find myself immersed in sculpting with wool and other natural materials. Wool is amazing in its versatility as it responds to different techniques. I am constantly finding nuances that allow me to push the boundaries of what seems possible. Wool has become my favorite material which I combine with sculptures that I actually grow with plant fiber and mycelium. 

After spending most of my life in New York with a few blissful years on Prince Edward Island in Canada, I am a recent transplant in Olympia. I am very jazzed about the artist community here. 


Joelle Montez

Joelle Montez has worked with clay for 9 years. She fell in love with ceramics while studying biology and ethnicity, and in her work she incorporates themes of natural science and social awareness. She believes that art-making has the power to heal and make great change, both personal and social, and that everyone can participate in this process.

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.


Andritta Bernstein

I grew up bouncing back and forth between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Losing myself in the creation of objects has always been an exploratory process in times of growth and transition. Drawing, painting and photography were vital outlets to explore the social world around me in my formative years. I graduated from Tacoma School of the Arts in 2008 and grounded myself in Seattle until 2016. I acquired an Associates Degree at Seattle Central Community College in 2011. From 2011 to 2016 I took fine metal classes at Pratt Fine Arts and wheel-throwing classes at Seward Park Clay Studio. Over this five year period before returning to school to finish my undergraduate degree, I supported myself in the service industry and formed strong bonds with artists working in the Seattle area. I have participated in selling my ceramic jewelry at local pop- up shops and The Fremont Sunday Market in Seattle.  In the Fall of 2018 I graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts emphasizing in Art Theory and 3D art in Ceramics and Metal Working. On the endeavor of acquiring my undergraduate degree at TESC I have reclaimed my passion for working with material with a new perspective on the conceptual and social practices within craft art. I plan to immerse myself in the world of ceramics, evolve as a working artist and start building an artistically driven community.

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


Scuff Acuff

Scuff grew up outside Chicago, but got his start in music after he moved to Olympia in 1997.  He picked up his first instrument (the mandolin), started his first band, and played his first gig (at the Capitol Theater!) here.  Since then he’s been in many bands and played many gigs in Olympia and all over the country, working with folks like The Tune Stranglers, The Mud Bay Jugglers,  Hot Club Sandwich, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, his current project Hokumville, and many more.  About eight years ago he started working with the Lincoln Options Elementary percussion band, which got him started teaching others about the joy of music.  He continues to teach there, and has been so inspired by that, he started teaching more and more people on more and more instruments.  He’s taught all ages of folks how to play guitar, washboard, ukulele, and songwriting in many different venues from festivals to his own home music studio.  Music is his life passion, he believes everyone is musical, and he’d love to help turn you on to the joys of listening to, playing, and enjoying music!


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.

Meghan Hopkins

Meghan fell in love with pottery in 1998. Her journey with clay work has varied throughout the years. With wheel throwing and handbuilding experience through community classes and private instructors, Meghan has explored a wide range of techniques. When not playing in clay, Meghan is a mental health provider in Olympia. She has been working with children in some capacity since 1992 and adolescents since 2005. She believes in the power of the creative process to engage, center, heal, and transform.

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.

Peter Yencken

Village Living Skills

Peter Yencken is an experienced bowyer and craftsman.He teaches classes in a range of skills. He grew up on a sheep station in Australia, has worked as an instructor at Tom Brown’s Tracking and Wilderness Survival School.  Peter also has a degree in Chinese medicine.

Peter has taught bow making and other crafts to both children and adults in Australia and the United States for more than 15 years. He believes that making things by hand that are usable in our everyday life, brings a sense of enjoyment not found in purchased items. His goal is to teach traditional skills in a way that makes the learning and the using relevant to our modern life.  His website is: http://villagelivingskills.com/

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. 


Beth Neff

Concrete Artist

Beth has been working as concrete artist for 10 years. She sells her concrete statuary at the Gig Harbor Makers Market and various shows throughout the region.  

Check out her Facebook, The Mossy Maven

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