Hazel and Randy Olsen

Potters Studio was established in Fresno, California in 1970 by Hazel Olsen, a former teacher and young mother with three children.

The studio’s original focus was on providing classes in clay work, supplies and equipment to local artists, potters and schools, and to provide studio space, networking, and a venue for display and sales for unknown and developing artists.

After a number of successful years, it was a natural transition to refocus the studio from community artist workspace to the development of a line of Hazel’s many creations she produced as a local artist.

Hazel’s son, Randy, joined her a few years ago. Randy, like his mother, is an established commission artist and has developed many of his own best works as pieces for the line in addition to those of Hazel.

The popularity and enthusiasm for the work of the Potters Studio has grown far beyond California. Hazel and Randy now enjoy international recognition. They are sought after for participation in many prestigious artistic events and their work is widely collected.

Scott Harris

Scott Harris is an aluminum artist and sculptor working and showing primarily in the southeast. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Scott re-located to the mountains of North Carolina in 1996. He completed his BA in Visual Arts from Brevard College with an emphasis in both painting and sculpture. It was there he first experimented with painting on aluminum due to its flexible surface.  As the process evolved, he discovered the reflective quality of the material added depth and movement to his art.

Jane Wilcoxson

My work is a series of vignettes about life; a commentary on the quirky, bizarre, funny and muddled up human existence on this planet.  I’ve always been a watcher of life, and much of what I see is collected in sketchbooks in the form of gesture drawings.  These drawings are then spun into compositions using strong design and color elements, which I make permanent through acrylic paint or oil pastel.

Animals tend to take center stage in my paintings and have human personas. They wander through my work looking for a purpose and a place to belong. Often the presence of people is implied, through the animals, buildings or vehicles. An idea started in one painting may continue into a series of work until a whole story evolves. These stories are how I process the thoughts and feelings about my own existence.

Curtis Crain

Curt Crain paints mostly in the impressionistic style – the influence of the European and American artists in the late 1840’s through the end of the century have had a great impact on the artist. Curt enjoys working thick and fast, and deals with a variety of different subjects.

“I am inspired by the world around me, the beauty and grace of everyday events and objects. It’s a gift to be present, to observe and paint this life. I’m humbled and overwhelmed with joy.”

Curt’s favorite subjects are boats, waterscapes, flowers, and people. Most of his work is objective, loosely painted, but with liberties taken on detail and color. Curt doesn’t overcomplicate his work, instead striving to say more with less.

Lighting by Ugone and Thomas

Inspired by natural forms, honest materials and genuine passion for truly handmade in USA lighting, Janna Ugone & Justin Thomas synchronize contemporary and modern industrial elements that explore life interests and tell a story. “From incorporating reclaimed materials to merging traditional artist processes with innovative technology, we continually strive to present fresh ideas”, says designers Janna & Justin. The results are distinctive, multi-dimensional table and floor lamps, pendants, clocks, mirrors and accent tables that transform space and stir the imagination.

We have been in business since 1987. After all of this time, our concept of quality has grown beyond the scope of our lighting. High standards become important not just for the product but in all the relationships we enjoy. This is true of our colleagues within the company, as well as our family of customers and community. In our sunny studio, located in a historic New England mill building, our small group of highly-trained artisans collectively hand-make each piece individually with lots of discussion and a good, old-fashioned work ethic.

As we and the company evolve, even in the face of the growing number of import products, the idea of providing among the best made in the USA lighting and home decor products still comprises the backbone of our studio. Our goal is a consistency of handmade quality and distinctiveness virtually lost in much of today’s manufacturing.

Joseph Kaftan

Joseph Kaftan is a glass mosaic artist working in Seattle, WA and Door County, WI. He grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, and has always been drawn to where water meets land and waves meet sky. Searching for the iconic and sacred in the everyday, his work is fueled by the way glass holds light, reflects light, and expresses translucence, especially when it is used to suggest water.

David Wright

I was born in Wisconsin under a backwater moon, amid the clutter of a writer’s notes river abused fly rods, tattered sports gear and small town drivel. I didn’t lack for distractions or abstractions. It was good. John Muir lived there in Marquette County too, not that we were friends but it does demonstrate similar tastes in geography and similar aspirations. 

We both attended the University of Wisconsin there on the lakes, under the influence of botanical banterings and wetland wanderings. 

I left the heartlands carrying conspicuous baggage of Lady Slipper Orchids, writer’s frustrations, bubbling primordial marshes, artifacts and a good nose for lurking fish and whistling ducks. 

Married and aloof, my wife Ann and I drifted into California, in Muir’s footsteps to teach in the Trinity Alps. Saw the big trees, Jed Smith’s footsteps and the University of California. Studied a touch of art and ultimately fell in love with the wild grey clay along the Hayfork and up on the Southfork, the clay of art – more inspiring baggage. 

New York was next, in the North Country far, in the land of blue snow, snow so God-awful cold the footsteps of a fleas would crash resoundingly on the deathly frost. More teaching and Potsdam University – more art. 

We finally hit Colorado in 1970 there on the high prairie. Muir missed this place. His loss.Jed Smith didn’t. We live surrounded by adobe, pinon smoke, rattling cottonwood leaves, meandering chickens, drifting kids, willing flyrods, small town drivel, my scattered written notes, redstone canyons and shortgrass moons. Circles.

At this point in time, all of my work is with the human figure. The pieces range from 21″ to 57″ and are available in both bronze and polymer. If I were to sum up the nature of my work I would say that it is meant to show appreciation of the more simple aspects of life like a handful of found flowers, a momentarily caught fish, a bunch of fresh garden beets and the warmth of a fat hen.  They all seem to be items close at hand in our rural lives.

C.T. Whitehouse

The intent of my work with bronze is simply to express the nature and the beauty of the material itself. My choice to use simple forms invites a closer connection to the creative process and frees the viewer to see the qualities of bronze without concern for subject or involved detail.

From my original designs in wax, I take each piece to a foundry where the dangerous, costly and time-consuming process of casting is done. Molds are made and the metal is poured at temperatures of over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. When broken out of the cooled mold, the raw form is “chased” or extensively ground and hand sanded in preparation for “patina”. The coloring of the bronze is a controlled tarnishing or oxidation of the metal and is achieved by applying various chemicals in combination with heat to create unique colors and effects. Often, it is the imperfection of the poured metal and the alchemy of the patina that I embrace as keys to the creative development. The halo, or polished rims emphasize the sacred aspect of the art form.

Tremendous energy is generated in the casting of the bronze, not too different from the energy that created this Earth and life upon it. This special process often has surprising and profound effects on the viewer. It is here, I hope, that when holding one of my pieces, you will look beyond the initial interest and feel the timeless beauty and power of bronze. My vessel forms are already full. They contain themselves and the space within. At the same time, they are ready to receive all possibilities of our existence.

Tyson Weiss

At Fish in the Garden our mission is to create new, unique and creative home and garden accents. Our design focuses on the visual –cerebral sensations of ‘flow’ that is most clearly seen by the way schools of fish curve in response to elements throughout an underwater landscape. Using stainless steel and ceramics, we aim to deliver this fluid beauty in its organic forms to your home and garden.
By selecting a fish species found in your area, our designs deliver a regional relevance that so many people are looking for when decorating their interior and exterior spaces. Our designs have the versatility to look as exceptional displayed across your mantel as they do schooling along your perennial beds. Schools of Fish in the Garden unify unrelated elements in your landscape creating a sculptural presence larger than the sum of its parts.

With tails formed to the left and to the right our fish curve in response to landscape and architectural elements, contributing line, color and momentum. Interesting and colorful glazes add life and visual interest to every garden space or living room. Our designs look great in any numbers. No other home and garden accent has this modular quality.

Donna Weiser

Donna Weiser has been creating sculptures since 1976, products of which are on display at UCLA, a Los Angeles Public Library, retirement home gardens, a religious sanctuary and a condo development as well as in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She has participated for many years in various shows in the USA, and has recently taken up drawing.

“Our energy wants to live and to re-create itself. It is love and it is contagious, conquering and creative. It is my most authentic self and has come to me through making art.”