Wisconsin Arts Tour

This past weekend I had a great time doing the ‘Fall Arts Tour’ through southwest Wisconsin (the driftless area).  I started out from my Wisconsin Farm and spent two days visiting open studios from Baraboo, through Spring Green (Frank Lloyd Wright country), to quaint, historic Mineral Point.

The hills and valleys, the country vistas, the autumn colors were non-stop gorgeous, the studio stops were delightful.  I loved the chance to meet new Artists and see their studios and workshops.

I thought I would share a few favorites….

My favorite new Acquisition (Clay):

From Windy Ridge Pottery (Joe and Christy Cole), a large lidded-vessel — Wonderfully wood-fired with ash and flame statements.

Joe and Christy transplanted themselves from the North Carolina pottery scene to Wisconsin.

Their accomplishments are AMAZING — Building their kiln before they even had a house to live in, then moving (literally) a farmhouse down the road onto their property for major fix-up, developing their own local clay, and more. 

Their pots are very ‘North Carolina’ to me; their wood-fire results are wonderfully subtle but stunning!!

I certainly enjoyed meeting them — And their Blog, documenting their experiences, is really fun to read through!

            Link — www.ColePottery.blogspot.com

My favorite new Acquisition (non-Clay):

Several chunky, live-edge wood trays, by wood artist, Michael Alexander

I work in clay, but I LOVE wood!!  And Michael’s trays were so rich and wonderful, I simply had to choose SEVERAL — For cheese trays, sushi trays, and more.  I’m serving my favorite ‘Leek & Morel’ cheese from Humbird Cheese Shop.

Michael makes the most gorgeous, stunning pieces — Tables, benches, and more!!  I love the combination of ‘natural’ woodgrain and chunky, contemporary styling — So honoring the trees they’re made from.

            Link — www.MichaelAlexanderDesigns.com

My favorite Studio Stop:

The old historic ‘Brewery’ in Mineral Point, where Diana and Tom Johnston house their Pottery Studio and a wonderful Gallery — Showing not only their pottery but work by a number of other artists — Painting, sculpture, and more.

I’ve admired their pottery for a number of years.  I loved Diana’s paintings; I enjoyed the ‘Wisconsin’ paintings by Bruce Fortney.  I really enjoyed meeting them and sharing clay-talk.  I hope I can make it back to Mineral Point soon for another visit!  Especially because my camera battery went dead and I have no more photos!!

            Link — www.JohnstonGallery.com

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