Instructor Bios

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Major Program Areas:

  • Wood Arts
  • Fiber Arts
  • Music
  • Ceramics
  • Metal Arts
  • Stone Carving
  • Other

Wood Arts

Joshua Cramer

As a western Washington native, Joshua Cramer has always been surrounded and inspired by the natural beauty that defines this place. Over 20 years of woodworking experience has developed that appreciation into a career that honors and celebrates the trees that supply our lumber and our air, crafting furniture through the use sustainably harvested timber, minimizing waste through working with the material- rather than forcing it into a pre-determined shape. Primarily a hand-tool user, Joshua’s design sense draws from artists such as James Krenov and George Nakashima, with a strong Japanese influence tempered by Scandinavian minimalism. Joshua currently works with woodworking and metalworking students at The Evergreen State College while managing his own design studio, Ravenzen Design.

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Terry Liberty – Olympia, WA

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.  Website/Social Media:


 Neil Harris – Lacey, WA

Neil is an active member of the Capitol Woodcarvers Association which meets weekly at the Olympia Senior Center.  He has been an avid learner since he began carving 5 years ago and has complete 60 projects.


 Madeline Morgan – Furniture Maker and Woodworking Teacher, Olympia, WA

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.


Jay T. Scott – Furniture Maker, Olympia, WA

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 Jay T. has worked with wood for over 30 years and for the last 17 years has built his own furniture business.  As a teenager, he apprenticed with his uncle who was a furniture maker.  Jay T. moved to Olympia in 1989 to attend The Evergreen State College. He later enrolled in James Krenov’s Fine Woodworking Program at The College of the Redwoods.  After finishing the program, he moved back to Olympia, married his creative co-conspirator, Nikki McClure, and they now raise their son Finn.   He has a deep passion for working with the medium of wood: its colors, textures and smells.   His work is inspired by Danish modern and mid-century designers. At Arbutus, Jay T. will be teaching plane and spoke shave making, “tips and techniques” classes covering basic joinery and furniture making processes, and perhaps a class for adults about woodworking with their children.

Larry Miller – Woodturning

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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.

For more examples of my work or to contact me directly check out my web site:

 Peter Ali – Flutemaking

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Peter Ali is a talented and self-taught Native flutist creating his music not from notes, but from spirit within so each performance is unique and special. He plays a variety of native flutes and shares their stories as well as stories of his rich ethnic heritage. His Father from Morocco is Berber and his Mother is of Mexican Indian heritage (Maya, Pima Suri)  as well as and Italian from Sonora Mexico. In the last 9 years he has taught workshops for Indian Education programs. In 2008 he had the opportunity to play for the Dali Lama on Children’s Day during the Seeds of Compassion tour. In 2009 was diagnosed with cancer, was able to overcome this and continue to share his music and stories for all ages and people. Listen to the sounds of eagle, running river, nature and spirit in the flute’s song.

Benjamin Kahn – Boat Building

Ben has been developing his fine woodworking skills since 1997 when he studied industrial technology at Berea College.  During this time his passion for craft was also focused on clay, metal and many hours on the lathe apprenticing with Rude Osolnik.  In 2000 he attended the Northwest School of wooden boatbuilding in Port Townsend and developed a career building and fixing 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.


Fiber Arts

Faith Hagenhofer – Tenino, WA

Faith Hagenhofer is a prolific award-winning fiber artist with nearly 30 years of experience ranging from raising sheep for fiber, to creating fabric and producing fine arts exhibits. She has dozens of solo and group exhibits, commissions and collaborations, publications, and residencies. Faith has degrees from The Evergreen State College, University of Arizona and Oregon College of Art& Crafts, was born in Staten Island, New York and has been living on a farm in Tenino, WA since 1982.




 Eowyn – Olympia, WA


Eowyn was raised in an incredibly artistic family. her grandmother taught her to sew at a young age and she started altering her wardrobe at age 8. As a teenager, she apprenticed with a designer who taught her about garment construction and large scale sewing. She is mother to a wonderful, and challenging little boy. When he was an infant, she quit her job of 11 years in retail management to start her own sewing business. In an effort to run a sustainable business, she started using secondhand fabrics and her business took off. She now has a successful line of one-of-a-kind, upcycled clothing and accessories that she sells online, as well as at craft and trade shows. You can see examples of her work at 



Marjorie Erickson

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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 serving as the Volunteer Manager at the Dispute Resolution Center here in Olympia.

Laura Hunter – Olympia

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Laura Hunter is a nationally recognized maker of shibori scarves and clothing who has been practicing the technique for 25 years. She earned a BFA in Fiber Arts at the University of Washington where she began her exploration of the technique. New to the realm of teaching, she looks forward to facilitating the awe inspired by this multifaceted technique of fabric embellishment. Learn more about Laura at




Jean Van Effen


Jean Van Effen has been floor loom weaving since 1997. She is mostly self-taught but has studied with Linda Jarrett of the Peach Tree Handspinners Guild in Atlanta, GA and at the Danish Weaving Center in Haderslev, Denmark. Jean lives in Yelm, WA with her 15 Alpacas and is apprenticing as an Alpaca Fiber Classer, Sorter and Grader.






 Melissa Peterson-Renault – Neah Bay, WA

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Melissa Peterson-Renault, a member of the Makah tribe of Neah Bay, Washington, learned to weave as a child and continued learning the tradition through adulthood. Over the years she has mastered many styles of basket weaving traditional to the Makah people including some older styles that are rarely practiced today. She has specialized in the Ozette-style Makah baskets, an 800-year old tradition of her people. Melissa’s most recent artistic innovation was to master the “burden basket,” one of the most difficult to make because it involves gathering of materials at different times of the year and preparing each material individually. Melissa is also dedicated to maintaining the association between the Makah language and the art of basket-making. The Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association has selected her twice as a featured basket weaver and she has been involved with activities at the Makah Cultural and Research Center since it opened.

Melissa has had the opportunity to teach her daughters this ancient art through the Washington State Arts Commission Apprenticeship Program. Daughters Madeline Kelby of Seattle and Samantha Della have been weaving since childhood and continue to carry on their family’s traditional weavings. Their apprenticeship allowed them to learn more about wrap twine basketry and other techniques, Makah language basketry terms, and gathering of traditional materials such as sweet grass and bear grass. Kelby and Della hope to carry on the traditions of the Makah, and pass them on to the next generations.



  Jim Shanower – Basketry, Olympia, WA

Jim Shanower studied pine needle basket weaving at the Gualala Arts Center in Gualala, CA. Jims bio pic 2 He has been teaching basket weaving in the south Puget Sound area since moving here in 2012.  His Jims bio picbaskets have won awards in California and Washington art shows and fairs.  He is a member of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild and the National Basketry Organization.




Gerda Randolph – Olympia

Gerda has been involved in art since she was very young. When she taught middle school in 1985, she incorporated the opportunity for her students to express their learning through art.  Since retiring from teaching in 2001, she has explored her own creativity in more depth.  She began with tapestry weaving, then added pine needle baskets, wet felting, flat needle felting, and needle felted wool sculptures.  She has shown her work in several galleries and art shows and some of the baskets and wool sculptures have won awards. She has taught workshops in pine needle basketry for about 10 years and more recently began teaching needle felting.  Gerda creates for the pleasure it brings her and with the hope that others will find something that speaks to them. Most fun for her is to see someone really connect with a wool sculpture.



Roberta (Bobbi) Chase – Yelm, WA

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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


 Ardith Hamilton – Basketry, Centralia, WA

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Ardith has been involved in basketmaking since she took her first basketmaking class in 1980.  She has been studying and learning about various techniques and materials for over thirty years.  She has twined, coiled, knotted, dyed, and carved, using variously shaped rattan products, straw, raffia, waxed linen, gourds, and grasses (to name a few), making baskets that range in size from small to large.  At Arbutus she will share her knowledge and skills with those wishing to explore the art of basketmaking.







Patti Logan – Felting/Tatting, Olympia, WA

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Since her mother taught her to crochet at age 9, Patti has been involved in fiber arts in some form. She has progressively learned crocheting, knitting, Irish crochet, tatting, felting, spinning and weaving, often combining techniques and creating her own patterns. At home, she has a spinning wheel and looms. For over 9 years she has taught at the Lacey Senior Center. Patti loves teaching people a new craft








Susan Waters – Olympia, WA

Susan Waters has taught harmony singing traditions since 1998. She has toured and performed in the U.S., Cornwall, England, Germany, and Italy with Larry Gordon and Vermont’s Village Harmony Singers. Susan directed the Wa

ke Every Breath teenage choir of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School for 8 years. In addition to her 


harmony singing background, she also has a large repertoire of songs from American, Scottish, English, and Irish ballad traditions. Susan loves oral tradition in all its forms.

Sue Thompson – Port Townsend, WA

Sue Thompson teaches harmony singing, and bluegrass and Americana vocals and all over the world. Her high-energy, fun workshops have won praise and friends across Europe and Japan, as well as in the US and Canada. In addition to teaching at many top-rated music camps and workshops, Sue has performed both regionally and internationally for over 40 years. She is respected as a powerful and soulful singer, and as one of a small number of accomplished women flatpickers. Sue currently performs with Field and Thompson, a bi-continental band that specializes in rare gems of bluegrass, country and Americana acoustic music. Her recordings include the late Mike Seeger’s GRAMMY-nominated Third Annual Farewell Reunion and the Western Music extravaganza Tall Boots, where her fellow musicians nicknamed her “Harmony Part Wizard.” She has released two harmony singing instruction CDs, How to Sing Harmony the Natural Way, and Switch on Your Harmony Autopilot. Both are available from

Comments from people who’ve taken Sue’s workshops: 

“C’était très sympa et le public a adoré.” –Pierre, France

“As a result of your course I am now very comfortably able to easily find a good harmony. I now can just hear it and hit it.”  –David,T USA

“Thank you for making this workshop a great experience. I had great fun and I finally found a key to singing harmony that will really work!” –Fride, Norway

“I recognized a huge improvement I in my singing after just one lesson with you!  I amazed myself!  And it was so simple.”  –Mary, USA

 Deb Collins – Olympia, WA

Deb Collins is a Pacific Northwestern native with a passion for teaching, performing and community networking.  She has many years of experience, teaching both fiddle and violin, to students of all ages and abilities, in both private and group settings. She has a unique ability and a keen sense of knowing how to approach many different learning styles and can create a fun and engaging experience that will guide you along the path to a new and rewarding hobby. 







 Bruce Molsky – New York

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Bruce Molsky is “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. He has dug into the deepest reaches of mountain music, while growing his own unique voice. Bruce holds a stage as few other musicians can.  His skill at performing a deep and varied repertoire and a reverence for the past, combined with a relaxed, conversational wit, draws listeners in as if they were sitting on the front porch of Carnegie Hall.

The result has landed him in collaborations with some of the most highly respected players in the world, from roots to rock. Molsky is a guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker, playing banjo, fiddle and guitar. His collaboration with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like Andy Irvine’s Mozaik, with Celtic giant Donal Lunny, and he has been featured on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas.

These days, he performs with his new trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, and was recently named by Berklee College of Music as its Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program. Through his work there, he is a mentor, friend, and inspiration for the next generation of roots musicians.




John Brooks – Olympia, WA

John Brooks has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of socially engaging art projects. Large-scale interactive environments reveal suggested mythologies between our surroundings and us – analyzing the hidden dialogues. After graduating from Northwest with an AFA in Ceramics, Brooks went to study with Michael Hill at the University of South Dakota. Under Hill’s guidance, he developed a rigorous work ethic that enhanced his craft of pottery – learning how to construct and fire several kinds of kilns (electric, gas, wood, salt/soda), in depth clay and glaze chemistry, and how to make a living as an artist. Brooks stayed for another year after getting his BFA, assisting with the ceramics students, continuing his wood fire research, and developing a body of work to take to the west coast. He has exhibited at craft fairs and galleries in the states of Washington, Montana, Wyoming, and been represented at the Vermillion Area Arts Center, John Day Gallery, located at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion SD. He now resides in the Pacific Northwest where he is currently establishing his ceramics studio, Floating Feet Studios, and is a full time caretaker at Monarch Sculpture Park.

Mike Cummins – Olympia, WA

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.


Pamela Davis – Olympia, WA

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.

may view her work at



 Adrienne Eliades – Vancouver, WA

Adrienne Eliades is an artist currently living in Vancouver, Washington. Adrienne received her BA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2016. She has been artist-in-residence at San Diego State University, Ash Street Project and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center. In her work she explores the aesthetics of design and social dining practice. Propelled by her research of 20th century domestic spaces, Adrienne reinvents mid-century patterns and constructs social dining experiences., bugaboo_eyes on Instagram



Nicole Gugliotti – Olympia

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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.



Jennifer Kuhns – Mosaic, Elma, WA

Jennifer moved to Washington in 1988 to attend college, and quickly Kuhnsbecame 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.


Ryan Lee – Harstine Island, WA

Ryan Lee is a bread baker and potter that makes simple pots in his home workshop on Harstine Island. He strongly believes that objects made by hand with intention have the power to enhance daily experience and are great for reminding us to slow down and look closer. His pots can be found in shops, cafes, and kitchen cupboards throughout the country.   Instagram: @baker_potter


Mariella Luz – Olympia, WA

Mariella is a graduate of the Evergreen State College and a long time Olympia resident. In addition to her ceramics work, she serves on the board of the Washington State Arts Commission, the Olympia Artspace Alliance and was formerly the Executive Director of the Olympia All Ages Project.



Stone Carving

 Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno – Stone Carving – Tenino, WA

This is a $99 Road Trip story for Travel cover. Stone cutter Keith Phillips of Tenino carves a celtic cross in his studio for a fundraiser for Christian Youth in Puyallup. When he cuts stone, he wears a tie, which is the traditional outfit for stone cutters. Shoppers, shopkeepers, diners, servers, artists, visitors and locals in and around Olympia and rural Thurston County. Story follows the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile agritourism route pointing visitors to craft distillers, winemakers, farmers and family-owned businesses showcasing locally-sourced and produced culinary treats.

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:

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The Olympian:

South Sound Magazine:

Tenino Stone Quarries:


Metal Arts

Kelly Rigg – Blacksmith, Olympia, WA

Kelly first moved to Olympia in 1988 to attend The Evergreen State College, where he was able Kelly Rigg small pic 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.




Andrea Fender – Bath & Body Products – Olympia, WA

Andrea has traveled the world, and now lives in a tiny house creating original bath and body products. She’s led classes at the San Francisco Apple store, appeared in audiobooks, and now teaches folks how to make their own candles, bath bombs, and body butters. She offers the highest quality ingredients and teaches students the science and chemistry behind the beauty industry.

Meghan Hintz – Nutrition Wellness – Olympia, WAbio-pic-1

Meghan is a Certified Fermentationist, Functional Nutrition Wellness Coach, and Licensed Massage Practitioner. She works with clients to resolve digestive issues and improve overall health through gut health, fermented foods, and medicinal herbs. She is also the founder of Herba Flora, a line of herbal digestives compatible with healing diets. For more information please visit or

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Hilary Morris – Youth Craft Classes- Olympia, WA

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.


Diane Murphy – Youth Craft Classes – Olympia, WA

(Kirby) Diane Murphy is older than dirt and getting younger every day. She has a degree in fine arts from the University of Washington and is retired from a 30 year career in book publishing. Always drawn to arts and crafts, she loves to share her love of weaving and knitting (and drawing and painting) with all around her. Her best memories are of craft classes as a child…which she hopes to share with a new generation of artists.

Elaine Vradenburgh – Storyteller

Elaine is a multimedia storytelling who believes in the power of the arts to inspire creative problem-solving and foster a more connected and collaborative community. Elaine has carried out her work through a variety of roles – as a community engagement strategist for nonprofit organizations, an educator, and a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer. In 2016, Elaine founded Window Seat Media to offer communities across the state and beyond a comprehensive approach to community-based, story-driven problem-solving. Elaine holds an MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon and a BA in Cultural and Community Studies from The Evergreen State College. She is also an adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College.



Peter Yencken – Village Living Skills – Charlottesville, Virginia:

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Peter Yencken is an experienced bowyer and craftsman. 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:



Previous Instructors

  • Julia Harrison – Wood Carving, Seattle, WA
  • Wendy Trevorrow – Needle Felting, Olympia, WA
  • PeggySue King – Quilting/Sewing, Olympia, WA
  • Karen Willard – Shapenote Singing, Buckley, WA
  • Marchette DuBois – Music of the Balkans/E. Europe, Seattle, WA
  • Tim Eriksen – Shapenote Singing, Amherst, MA
  • Debby Boland Watt – Circle Singing, Tacoma, WA
  • Jeff Warner, Folklorist, New Hampshire
  • Cassie Welliver, Ceramics, Seattle, WA
  • Nicole Rose, Olympia, WA
  • Loralin Toney, Ceramics, Olympia, WA
  • Kirk Hansen, Woodworking, Olympia, WA
  • Matt Newton, Woodworking, Olympia, WA
  • Paul Silveria, Music, Portland, OR
  • Faith Hagenhoffer, Tenino, WA
  • Bruno Hervieux – Marquetry, Rainier, WA
  • Bryan Torian, Furniture Maker, Olympia, WA
  • Jane Dunnewold, Fiber Artist, San Antonio, TX
  • Debra Lambert, Fiber Artist, Sarasota, FL
  • Joe Roush – Urban Homesteading Skills, Olympia, WA
  • Randi Parkhurst –  Book Arts, Olympia, WA
  • Ross Cowman – Game Design – Olympia, WA
  • Mike Lalone -Potter,  North Carolina
  • Debra Lambert – Fiber Arts, Sarasota, FL
  • Kim Perkins – Fiber Arts, Port Angeles, WA
  • Bitsy Bidwell, Draping and Drafting, Olympia, WA
  • Charmaine Slaven, Old Time music and clogging, Seattle, WA
  • Charlie Beck, Old Time music, Seattle, WA
  • Jack Dwyer, Harmony Singing and Old Time music, Portland, OR
  • Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Scottish Fiddle and Cello, CA
  • Darol Anger, Old Time Fiddle, NY
  • Rushad Eggleston, Innovative cello, CA
  • Amanda McCavour, Fiber Arts, Ontario, Canada
  • Lisa David , Ceramics, Olympia, WA
  • Don Beale, Kayak Paddle Carving, Forest Grove, OR