Featuring 9 outstanding regional fine craft artisans:
Tim Axman (Sioux Falls, SD): Ceramic, raku fired. Axman has used many mediums including oil and watercolor paintings, printmaking, creating custom furniture, and now ceramics. His inspiration is from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Deco. His signature work is intricately hand drawn birch trees on raku vases.
Rhonda Baldwin (Grand Island, NE): Fiber and textile. Vibrant color and surface design techniques are the focus of Baldwin’s work for which she uses free form hand embroidery, machine stitch, hand dyed cloth, wool and more to make her creations.
Allison Borgeschulte (Omaha, NE): Fiber, stained and fused glass. Borgeschulte, bachelor of fine art, Kansas City Art Institute, challenges the perception of paintings are more valuable than fine crafts by creating “paintings” for which their significance relies upon a woven fiber foundation.
Art Ciccotti (Ames, IA): Studio hand blown glass. Bright colors and curvilinear forms are the design elements he prefers to work with. His designs have roots in Venetian glass working techniques that include the use of a roll up of glass (tocar pierre) with cane and murrine.
Linda Garcia (Omaha, NE): Cut and formed paper. Paper evokes Garcia’s artistic expression as she is guided by themes of women, nature, and indigenous plants. She strongly identifies with the design elements of Mexican culture. Garcia also studies how air and light interact with her hanging cut papers and sculptures.
Naomi Keller (Laurie, MO): Ceramic sculptures. Keller uses slab technique because it allows her to express both 2-dimensionally and 3-dimensionally shapes with the surfaces like canvases. Much of her design element is influenced by African and Art Deco styles. Sharply angled designs are visually softened by glazes.
Debra Koesters (Omaha, NE): Fiber, wet felting. Koesters is a self-taught artist who loves color, sculpting and the whole process of felting. Koesters’ work has been published in "Worldwide Colours of Felt" by Ellen Bakker, "Felt" magazine, and Inspired Living magazine.
Linda Stephen (Lincoln, NE): Paper collages and origami sculptures. Stephen creates invented landscapes using only hand colored papers. While living in Japan for seven years she studied hand made paper materials and processes for making her sculptural origami structures.
Lars Voltz (Des Moines, IA): Wood fired ceramic stoneware. Voltz creates ceramic vessels in wood fired stoneware accented with porcelain and quartzite. His creations share aspects of the geologic world and domestic space. Voltz explores tensions between chaos and calm.