Member Artisan Archives - Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery

Category: Member Artisan

Aaron Gschwandegger

The ever changing and never ending inspirations found in nature is where Aaron draws much of his inspiration.

Adriana Morrisette

Adrianna Morrisette’s career as a potter began by chance after taking a few pottery classes at a local community college in Texas. Her initial success in juried shows propelled her to continue to work in clay. In 1994, pottery became her full-time profession when she opened Morrisette Pottery in Leslie, Arkansas.

Ann Snyder

“I paint because I have to. There’s something about creating that brings out the best in me.”

From oil, acrylic and watercolor painting to collages, Ann Snyder uses her passion for color to give energy to landscapes, still life and floral works. “Creating something I’ve never seen before gives me a sense of fulfillment…it’s experiencing a God-given expression. The challenge lies in seeing the world with fresh new eyes.”

Beau Anderson

Beau Anderson, born in Bellingham, Washington in 1980 was introduced to the torch at a very young age by his mother, bead maker Sage Holland.

Beverly Coltrane

I like the traditional quilts, but also like to work with different patterns and colors. I like it all!

Beverly Wilhite

I’m currently working in acrylics, but use any medium to make my work more interesting. I particularly love to paint large colorful flowers and stylish ladies from the 20s and 30s.

Brian Watson

Balance is what I seek to create in my earrings, necklaces and bracelets. All my designs can be customized for each wearer. Colors, choice of stones and styles are created for you to enjoy and feel balanced as well.

Christy Marchand – Whimzee Glass

Stained glass artist Christy Marchand can’t remember a time when she wasn’t compelled to create.  After enjoying a variety of mediums over the years, she found her passion in stained glass.  She is most inspired by whimsy and humor and likes to create playful art and gift items for the home and garden for every
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Dan Butkowski

Beginning in high school, Dan Butkowski was drawn to clay, and he still follows that attraction. “As I open each piece of clay it is as if it is taking its first breath. Each pot that I throw takes on a bit of my personality.”

Daniel Adams

“I am interested in how we as people shape our environment and what that says about us as individuals and, on a larger scale, as human beings.”

David & Becki Dahlstedt

They now market their work under the name Mountain View Pottery at galleries and shops in Mountain View, Eureka Springs, and Little Rock. They make the Clinton Presidential Logo mugs which are sold exclusively at the Clinton Museum Store. David has received numerous awards for his pottery, has taught workshops at the Arkansas Arts Center, and has work in the permanent collection of the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock.

Delisa Eads-Wagar

It’s all child’s play! I believe I was born with a crayon in my hand! My heart has always been in sculpture, my eye towards art quilting

Diana Taylor – Ficklesticks

I have always enjoyed making things and have been involved with fabric all of my life – some would say in an unnaturally close relationship! I now have the perfect vehicle to support my fabric addiction in Ficklesticks.

Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy Anderson, whose business is Dot’s World of Valley Springs, is a new member with embroidered artwork and Christmas greeting cards featuring needlework designs are currently available at the Arkansas Craft Gallery, member cooperative just off the Square, Mountain View. After traveling for 30 years with her husband Bobby, who was in the Army, they retired to the
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Ed Alexander

I, like so many, can easily get caught up in the grandeur of nature: vast sunsets or sweeping views. Often, however, the real beauty is in the smallest detail: a single leaf, water drops on petals. If I can take a picture that captures the joy that nature gives me, and with that image, express it to another, then I have accomplished my goal.

Ed Pennebaker – Red Fern Glass

The garden and woods surrounding his home and the Red Fern Glass studio provide Ed Pennebaker with inspiration for his work where he uses traditional offhand glass blowing techniques to manipulate the fluid qualities and interaction with light that glass provides. “I see no need to replicate nature, but I prefer to interpret and reimagine it.”

Elizabeth Scesniak

Farmers, Santas, cooks, clowns, and golfers are just a few of the happy gourd people Elizabeth Scesniak makes with brightly painted faces and clothing, and accessories to match.

Gene Sparling

I make wood bowls, sculpture, furniture and other things which highlight the natural beauty of wood. Each piece is individually crafted, by me, in my shop in the Ouachita Mountains, just south of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Harry Branton

Harry “Bub” Branton and his wife Darla moved to Mountain View in 2019 after retiring from 42 years of family Farming in the Mississippi Delta. Having studied Fine art at LSU as a Painting Major

Hironi Matsuyama

I always kept my art close at hand. At the age of 15, I started selling, paintings and wood carvings. Six years ago I found gourds. I still sell paintings and wood carvings, however gourds are my joy! Gourds combine all my creative abilities.

Jeanette Larson

Jeanette learned to crochet from her grandmother when she was eight-years-old and has rarely put down her crochet hooks since then. She crocheted while on the bench during high school basket ball games and in lecture halls in college. “Crocheting helps me relax and keep still while letting my mind work on things,” she said.

Jeff & Judy Goodwin

Judy and I create our designs using our imagination aided by nature with lots of color for inspiration. A computer is used that employs a drawing program where we can work with our designs before they are created in the studio. It has become a great designing tool that allows us to use our colors in unlimited variations.

Jerry & Judy Lovenstein

Through an apprenticeship program offered at the Ozark Folk Center, Jerry learned the old fashioned hand-tying method of broom making. By late 1978, the Lovensteins established the family business, Grassy Creek Handcrafted Brooms. Ever since, the family has recreated the traditional forms influenced by the Shakers and Puritans, and handed down for generations. Continuing with tradition, their son Adrian apprenticed and at the age of nine was making his own line of miniature turkey wing brooms. He is soon to be followed by his son, River, who has already been introduced to the craft at age four.

Jerry Faulkner

“As potters, it is important for us to be close to the earth. You’ll find most of us tend to be gardeners and animal lovers in addition to believing in the magic of clay.”

Jim Tindall

A passion for painting and a love for the Arkansas landscape Jim is comfortable painting in most any media in a wide range of subject matter. Living by his faith in Jesus Christ, Jim finds peace and joy in the living of this life. He credits his Creator with all that is wonderful and beautiful in the universe and gives Him the glory in all things. Beauty is truly subjective to each person. Jim is struck by the abundance of the natural beauty one can find once they are willing to open their minds eye and look. He feels there is no greater part of the world to find it than right here in the “natural” state. “I love this state, its people and its wealth of visual pleasures.

Jim Young

Jim is an award-winning potter and a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild. His work is influenced by travels in Europe, Latin America and Asia as well as his beloved Ozark mountains. His personal pleasure is sharing the beauty of the Ozarks through pottery whose flowing shapes and earth tones are enhanced by subtle combinations
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Jo and Marvin Smith

We live, work, garden and walk our two dogs on 40 beautiful acres in the Arkansas Ozarks, a wonderful place for inspiration. We began exhibiting at juried art shows in 1987, and have been members of the Arkansas Craft Guild since 1988.

John Kelly

I have been progressively learning my craft for more than 50 years, but have spent the last twenty years acquiring good tools and learning various techniques on my own and through practice. My first experience with shop tools was from my teenage years in local youth programs. In that class, I learned the basics of
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John Perry & Judi Munn

We love making our living using our hands. It is satisfying to start with a lump of clay and produce a piece of work that may last for 5000 years, or more! The work sold here is functional stoneware. We designed it to be used and enjoyed.

Karen Gehl

Primarily self taught, the challenges of glass provide many “This is what I want. How do I get there?” opportunities for creative thinking.

Kate Baer

Among her designs you will find impressions of fossils, which are used as a reminder of our physical impermanence and to live a life of meaning and spirit.

Leigh Abernathy

I love the feel of the metal as I work with it, transforming it into art you can wear and use. I start with an idea, then take sterling silver or solid copper wire and sheet and hand cut, form, shape, forge, fuse and polish or patina each piece as its design directs.

My inspiration comes from the world around me—walks in the woods, sitting by the water and even my sons’ bubbles have driven my designs. They all fuel my creativity, helping me to translate those ideas to metal. My designs are unique.

Lewis Lloyd

Ever since I was a kid I have always loved knives and after buying a few hand-made knives I decided “Hey, I can do this”. I have been a tradesman all my life so the transition was not hard. Now, I try to make the best hand-made knives of the best steels, woods, leather and
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Linda W. Moore – Lil’Mo Studio

After retirement in 2016, I wanted to expand my craft skills beyond quilting and learn the art of wood turning on the lathe. I started turning and haven’t stopped.  I focus on turning functional works that are for everyday use and enjoyment. Primarily I turn bowls and platters, but also turn wine stoppers, seam rippers,
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Lisa & Jim Krause

Gourd Art

Liz Lloyd

I was raised in the country and have always had a love of nature. Most of my life I have been too busy with work and raising a family to pursue this love. Now, I have the freedom to do as I please. I go to my shop and form God’s handy work into the
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Loretta Babak

Art doesn’t have boundaries for Loretta. Her art ranges from wildlife, scenery, seascapes, western, to portraits. Paintings also range from oil, acrylic, to watercolor.

Maggie Lusk

Howard Harper and his wife Maggie Lusk have spent countless days and many miles traveling Arkansas recording the state’s natural beauty and wildlife, and discovering its history. They produce images as photographs, note cards, and bookmarks.

Maria Smith

All my life I have been fascinated by colors, the brighter the better.  First with fabric, then with tile mosaics and now with glass.  I have endeavored to use colors found in the tropics, bright and eye catching.  The color schemes are endless as are the designs.  There is nothing more satisfying than stringing a
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Mary Laurie

“Unlike many artists who can labor over a piece to achieve absolute perfection, I have to move quickly. That often leads to unexpected surprises and pieces that morph from the initial design idea to a completely different final product.”

Nancy Blades

Nancy’s images are photographs, not paintings.

Nancy Muffett Pirani – Ponderosa Bliss

After retiring in 2017 from being in the corporate world for 36 years, my family and I moved to beautiful Heber Springs, AR, and I decided to start my own home-based natural soy wax candle company – Ponderosa Bliss LLC. Owning and operating my own business is the most satisfying and fulfilling job that I’ve
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Nathan Doster

I started woodworking sitting on my rear. As a kid my Dad would often say “I need your help.” “Sit on this board while I cut it.” I learned so much from my father, just by being around him while he accomplished whatever needed to be done, using his hands and mind. I think of him all the time as I work. Little things “pop” out at me showing he is still a part of me and all of my woodworking.

Neilann Verdell

Neilann Verdell has a BA in Art from Ouachita Baptist University and an MA in Art Education from UALR. She has taught art the last 32 years at Sylvan Hills Junior High and High Schools. Neilann created all the line drawings for Moody Brown, a company created with her husband Randy Verdell and her best
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Nikki Bond

Nikki Bond transformed her early interest in herbs and gardening into a line of products that combine the best attributes of the plants she cultivates with traditional, high quality craftsmanship to create artisan soaps and specialty herb products.

Patricia Bergman

My mission is to create hair accessories and complimentary jewelry which is both functional, fashionable and unique.

Patricia Munson


Paul Caldwell

He is inspired by his love of the outdoors and seasonal changes in the wild areas in Arkansas known for their natural beauty.

Paul Gillam

From Blue Mountain Woodworks at Timbo, Paul Gillam works with his father to make custom furniture, cabinets, cutting boards, serving pieces, other products using native hardwoods, including walnut, cherry, red and white oak, hickory, ash, maple, and aromatic cedar.

Paul Pitt

Although Coyote Clay is formally educated and teaches sculpture and drawing at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas he has chosen a different path from the norm. He and Sharon, his wife of over forty years live in the woods in a cavehouse, make an organic garden and experience directly the Creator’s gentle touch.

Phil Milan

Phil Milan of Harrison, Arkansas is a multi-talented artist whose favorite mediums include woodworking, sculpture, pen and ink drawing and wheel-thrown  pottery. He particularly enjoys making raku pottery, a method of firing first developed in Japan. He recently retired as the art teacher for Harrison High School in Harrison, Arkansas. Although he was born in
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Ramona Buss

After several years of studying and experimenting with fiber manipulation Ramona Buss began weaving what she calls ‘sculptural basketry’ using wild fibers, vines, and branches which she gathers from the woods and roadsides.

RC & Jane Schroeder

Since 1993 Jane and RC have worked together to create works in metal – large and small – and scented candles.

Ron Mynatt

“My glass gives me the chance to produce something that people like to bring into their own homes and show off to family and friends. I think it is so cool that people pay me for something that I enjoy doing in the first place.”

Rusty Wright

Rusty not only creates beautiful images with his wildlife photography, but also creates the beautiful handcrafted frames that each of the pictures are in.  Each frame is hand rubbed, using various oils, stains, and waxes. He strives for precision with joinery and the beauty of the natural grain of the wood – using walnut, cherry,
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Sharon Baker

The first time I picked up a crochet hook I was ten years old. When I started my first rag rug, I felt a renewed love for the art of crochet. Finding bargain material in a variety of colors is quite a challenge. I like visiting my local fabric store always heading to the $1/yard
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Skip and Racheal Mathews

Skip and Racheal Mathews have a passion for flame painting copper. They have learned to separate the natural colors one gets when heating copper into 15 distinct colors with intentional patterns and compositions. Skip is known as the “father of flame painting”, and together they make a wide variety of pins, jewelry, wall decor and vases.

Soyoon Ahn

Soyoon Ahn is an artist in residence and a pottery instructor at the River Valley Arts Center in Russellville, Arkansas. She graduated summa cum laude in 2019 from Arkansas Tech University with a B.F.A in fine arts. She has won many awards for her ceramics and Korean folk paintings. She was born and grew up
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Sue Lukens

Sue Lukens Creasy has used her interest in sustainable living and a love of herbs and medicinal plants to develop a line of fine handmade soaps, bath salts, and other products to pamper and soothe the body.

Suzi Dennis – Pottery

The everyday images, designs, and colors in our environment intrigue me. God has given us the gift of all that surrounds us and He has given to me the gift of taking these ordinary everyday images and translating my perception onto clay images I have created. I celebrate God’s gift of Life through my art.
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Tammy Pope

Tammy Pope is a goat farmer in Central Arkansas, she has a herd of French Alpine goats and uses their milk to make her products.Her soap is made with 25% fresh milk and all natural ingredients. When her son showed up with two goats seven years ago, Tammy had no idea that it would lead
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Teresa Schlabach & Michael Rowlands – Teresa’s Thread Studio

Teresa Schlabach is a fiber/textile artist that has been sewing since she was 10 years old. She first learned to sew garments through a local 4H program and then with the help of her parents, continued to sew clothing throughout her high school years. After receiving her degree in communications from Southern Nazarene University, Teresa
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Terri Parson

What starts out as a raw lump of polymer clay, in the hands of Terri Parson becomes wearable sculpture that looks deceptively like glass, stone, wood, metal, and bone.

Thomas Dunn

I devote a lot of my time to my wood turnings, and every time I think I am at the top of my skills, I add something new… Something more challenging.

Tom & Sage Holland

Tom and Sage: In Washington, D.C. in 1990 Sage met Tom and he told her about Arkansas. They joined studios in Stone County in 1993. Now they teach and lecture together on the mysteries of ancient glass through the art of glass beadmaking. Being surrounded by nature inspires them to look closely for the harmony
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W. J. “Kip” Powers

From tall vases to expanding bowls with part of the bark still intact, he coaxes sweeping forms from what others might consider ‘useless’ parts of a tree. His turnings often are further embellished with carving or the addition of minimal color or texture, or inlays of contrasting materials.