Instructor Bios

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Major Program Areas:

  • Wood Arts
  • Fiber Arts
  • Music
  • Ceramics
  • Metal Arts
  • Homestead Arts

Wood Arts

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.

Bruno Hervieux – Marquetry, Rainier, WABruno -organs flat

A French native, Bruno learned his trade in the Compagnons du Devoir, a French guild of craftsmen and artisans dating from the Middle Ages. After completing three years of technical schooling, Bruno spent seven years in an apprenticeship program traveling the country to study with the masters of his trade. Upon finishing his tour with the Compagnon, Bruno moved to New York City, where he spent the next ten years working in different shops for some of the most prestigious designers and architects in the world. He then moved to the Northwest where he spent another ten years working in the Yacht industry. Bruno now owns Normandie Woodworks located in Rainier, WA where he lives with his wife and two children. At Arbutus, Bruno will be teaching beginning and advanced marquetry.  He may be contacted at:



 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.

Tim Nagle – Woodworker, Olympia WA

Tim has 30 years of experience in wood sculpture, including an undergraduate degree on the subject. His primary interests are hand skills, historical craft, and sculptural forms. He trained as Tim Nagle's knivesa Windsor chairmaker while working as an apprentice to Michael Dunbar at the Windsor Institute, then worked as an apprentice to Jennie Alexander at Green Woodworking, studying wet-to-dry chair joints and 17th-century joinery. Tim has worked at Augusta Heritage Center, Country Workshops & The Evergreen State College. At Arbutus, Tim will teach classes on green woodworking skills, making Scandinavian carving knives, bowl carving and other projects. He also plans to teach classes on traditional tool skills such as building an English shaving horse and restoring wooden planes.


Jay T. Scott – Furniture Maker, Olympia, WA

JT photo 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 JT cabinetJT chairson 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.


 Bryan Torian

Bryan currently works at Beech Tree Woodworks in Olympia Washington crafting custom Bryan Torian 1furniture and cabinetry. He studied art, science, and woodworking at The Evergreen State College. While at Evergreen he developed his generational woodworking skills under the instruction of Daryl Morgan. Bryan has over 20 years working Bryan tools 1wood in some capacity, from his father’s shop to his home shop and current position at Beech Tree. Bryan’s interest in woodworking includes hand skills, design, sculpture, and tool making.


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.


Don Beale – Forest Grove, OR 


Don has been carving Greenland paddles since 1999 and selling them since 2000.  He has sold over 700 hand carved paddles, each one unique. He has taught over 40 classes.

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.


Ivy Ayers, Olympia, WA


Ivy Ayers is a local Olympian crafter who has enjoyed dozens of summers teaching young girls crafting skills. She has taught weaving, quilting, embroidery, felting and more. Ivy is pleased to pass on her skills and learn more with her students!

Jane Dunnewold, San Antonio, TX

Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, Bioand has mounted numerous one person exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016). Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center/2013). She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegue (Korea) International Textile Exhibition. 

Dunnewold has authored numerous books, including the classic, Complex Cloth (1996). Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric (2010.) In 2016 North Light Books will publish Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Stories to inspire Artistic Genius. She is the former President of the Surface Design Association.

Jane’s website:


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 

Debra Lambert – Sarasota, FLDebra Bio pic

Debra Lambert, Fiber Artist, is well known for her beautiful yarn shop Picasso’s Moon in Sarasota, Florida. Debra is a free form knitter, spinner of unique art yarns, and a Saori weaver. She is a talented artist who travels all over the country and teaches her amazing skills in a way that ignites creativity and joy in all who attend. Debra’s works of art have been featured in magazines, books and all over the web


Kim Perkins – Port Angeles, WA

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Batts in the Bellfry fiber artist Kim Perkins is a fiber enthusiast who relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2015. She loves to combine color and texture and began her fiber journey by learning to knit, which led her to her first spinning wheel and creating hand-spun yarns. But her true joy comes from creating batts for other knitters, spinners, weavers and felters. Her traditional and art yarn batts are available at yarn stores and fiber festivals. She can be reached at


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


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.


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.


Amanda McCavour – Ontario, CanadaAmanda McCavour_Experimental Layers_Detail

Amanda McCavour is a Canadian artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation and has recently completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in St. Louis (MO), Washington (PA) and Cornerbrook (NL). She has received awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America for her work.


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



Bitsy Bidwell

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Bitsy Bidwell was a professional costume designer for more than twenty years who worked for theater, dance and opera companies.  She has her own sewing business and has made everything from wedding gowns to a banana costume.  She is adept at making patterns through draping and drafting – a skill that anyone can master.




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 Wake 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 YorkBruce -bio

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.

 Jack Dwyer

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Jack Dwyer is a multi­instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and teacher based in Portland, OR. He performs and teaches around the country with various musical projects and works on the Adjunct Music Faculty of Lewis and Clark College. Raised in an Alaskan family bluegrass band and seasoned on the stages of various New York City and Hudson Valley music clubs, Jack found an early calling as a fast­pickin’ bluegrass mandolinist and performed close to a thousand shows, appearing onstage with the likes of Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, the Mammals, and various NE­based bands before leaving home at age 18. Since then he has kept up an impressive pace of performing, writing, and recording, appearing with various Northwest and nationally based musicians including Scott Law, Tony Furtado, Darol Anger, Larry Keel, Andy Thorn, Sam Grisman, Luke Price, Mike and Ruthy, Jesse Cobb, Don Stiernberg, Mike Marshall and others. When not performing at prominent national festivals like Wintergrass (WA), String Summit (OR), Pickathon (OR), The Oregon Country Fair (OR), and the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (NC), or teaching on staff at long­running traditional music workshops like The Mandolin Symposium (CA), the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (WA), and the Alaska City Folk Arts Camp (AK), Jack is holed up at home churning out original songs, teaching private lessons and adding to his growing catalog of music instructional books, or in the studio recording his latest album. 2015 was another busy year and saw the release of “Jack Dwyer Band, Live In Portland” (a 17 ­song live album of original and traditional music) and more recording work on Scott Law’s latest acoustic album. Jack ended the year back in studio and finished tracking two new albums: an 11 ­song studio album featuring more original music by the Jack Dwyer Band, and an all­traditional bluegrass album featuring Portland pickers Sam Weiss, Gordon Keepers, Billy Failing (now based in Nashville), and Bobby Wins

Charmaine Slaven 


Originally from Stevensville, MT, Charmaine Slaven moved to the Seattle area in 2000 and began her pursuit of an artistic career. In 2005 after trying her hand at many lines of work, from administrative to veterinary, she joined up with the Tallboys after falling in love with Old-Time music and dance. She’s their resident guitarist, dance caller, & flatfoot dancer. She has gained a great reputation for her fun and engaging method of getting folks playing and dancing. Variety is the spice of life, and in addition to performing with The Tallboys and duo with her husband, Charlie Beck, called Squirrel Butter, she has accomplished a myriad of projects, including urban farming, founding a co-op, event planning, & community organizing.

Charlie Beck

Charlie Beck

Born and raised in Indiana, Charlie Beck moved to Seattle and became a founding member and banjoist of The Tallboys String Band.  He also performs in a duo with his wife, Charmaine Slaven, called Squirrel Butter.   An avid songwriter, he has recorded three albums of his original and traditional music, and other songs of his are featured on Tallboys and Squirrel Butter albums.  With a love for old-time, early bluegrass, blues and country, Charlie plays banjo very well in clawhammer, 3 finger and other styles.  He is also a talented singer, guitarist, fiddler, lap/pedal steel player and teacher.


Joe Arnett

Joe first wanted started wanting to play guitar when he was around age 4 or 5 and heard Gene Autry singing cowboy songs, but he didn’t manage to get hold of a guitar until 48 years ago. In the time since then he learned enough bad habits, and then tried to unlearn them, that he would like to save beginners some trouble. Playing guitar and singing with other people remain near the top of his list of favorite things to do, and he is excited about this opportunity to get together with others with the same interest.



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

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Pamela Davis is an artist who resides in Olympia, WA. She studied ceramics, metalworking, and installation art at The Evergreen State College. She also has a deep interest in fiber arts, particularly embroidery and traditional techniques of resist dying. Pamela believes that the practice and teaching of art is key to strong, connected communities. Her art explores the body, the intersection of alternate perspectives, and the interaction of the human and non-human in a shared environment. You 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

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.


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Mike earned his Masters’ degree in studio art at Western Carolina University in 1996. In addition, he has studied the art form at the prestigious Kansas City Art Institute and at Alfred University in New York State with such great American ceramists as Ken Furguson, Val Cushing and Victor Babu.

Mike has worked as the resident ceramic artists at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina for 12 years. At John C Campbell, he hosts workshops with some of the best ceramists in the nation to benefit his students learning.  His ceramic students have won awards, honors and scholarships bringing him recognition as one of the best art teachers in the nation.

Additionally, his own work has been on display at the Orlando Biennial, Key West Art Festival, the Winter Park Autumn Art Show and Festival of the Masters at Walt Disney World.  Michael has been honored with such awards as the Daniel Clark Foundation Award of Excellence in Teaching, Teacher of the Year three times (from the high school he was teaching at at the time), Who’s Who of American High School teachers six times, and Walt Disney World’s Excellence in Teaching Award. John C. Campbell resident artist’s info:


Lisa David – Olympia, WA

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Lisa David is cut from the cloth of the Renaissance. Her diverse skills allow her to lay claim to having literally made the plate her cooking rests upon.

Originally hailing from the Glass Capital of the World, Toledo, Ohio, Lisa relocated from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest in order to earn a Bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree with a focus on fine arts, she spent the next ten years teaching art to children and working as a studio ceramic artist. She has taught at the Mariah Arts School and at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy. After cooking throughout her childhood in her parents’ restaurant, Lisa made the decision to create a restaurant to satisfy her passion for cooking the food of her people. Along with her brother, she operates the Nineveh Assyrian food truck in downtown Olympia, Washington and continues to teach ceramics to young people.


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.


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.

Mariella Luz – Olympia, WA

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Mariella is a graduate of the Evergreen State College and a long time Olympia resident.  She works at K Records and 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.

Emily Tant – Olympia, WA

Emily Tant has studied ceramics with Arbutus Folk School, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and The Evergreen State College.  They also practice printmaking and alternative photographic processes.  Emily has a background in advocacy and is passionate about combining their social justice values with art practices.  Emily relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and currently resides in Olympia, WA.

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.

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Melany Vorass – Urban Foraging – Olympia, WA

Melany Vorass Herrera is the author of The Front Yard Forager, winner of 2014 Nautilus Silver Award for “Better Books for a Better World” category. An avid forager all her life, she teaches urban foraging workshops to a wide variety of audiences, including at Seattle Tilth, University of Washington, Seattle Arboretum, Center for Urban Horticulture Olympia Co-op and more. Her foraging recipes have been featured on KCTS-9 Cooks, and her foraging skills have been featured in national radio, newspaper and television programs. She and her husband tend their urban farm of goats and chickens near Black Lake, Olympia.

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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Joe Roush – Urban Homesteading Skills, Olympia, WAIMGP1334

Born and raised in the Midwest with depression era grandparents, Joe grew up gardening with his grandfather before he could even walk.   His grandfather’s specialty was growing his own heirloom tomatoes from seed he saved from the previous year.   The taste of those sweet home grown tomatoes created a passion for gardening and self sufficiency that has expanded to include not only a ¼ acre garden but also a penchant for raising both chickens and rabbits for meat. Going on his sixth year raising his own meat Joe brings his expertise (sprinkled with a healthy dose of self deprecating humor) to Arbutus at a scale that even urban dwellers could adopt.

In addition to his background in urban homesteading, Joe also has a passion for practicing “primitive living skills”.   Joe was bitten by the “wild” bug at the tender age of 8 when his father told him he could make a whistle from a willow branch and lemonade out of sumac berries. Joe’s pursuit of willow whistles and sumac lemonade sent him on a lifelong journey of nature study that included a Bachelor’s degree in forest science and a 25 year career as a naturalist, forester and arborist, all the while never giving up his true interest in wild edible plants and primitive skills.

He taught his first wild edibles workshop in 1986 while working for the Champaign County Forest Preserve, in Homer, IL. He has attended courses through The Tracker School, Earthwalk Northwest, Wilderness Awareness School and the Hawk Circle Earth Mentoring Institute.

As a small sample of what he has learned from his mentors, Joe is bringing his knowledge of cordage making to Arbutus. Depending on interest in the community, Joe and/or his associates may offer other courses (wild edible plants, fire from friction, bow making, flint knapping, etc.)

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Peter Yencken – Village Living Skills – Charlottesville, Virginiapeter-bio-1

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:


Stone Carving

 Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno – Stone Carving – Tenino / Olympia, 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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Ross Cowman – Game Design – Olympia, WA

Ross Cowman is a game designer and owner of Heart of the Deernicorn, an international acclaimed game publisher. His most recent release, Fall of Magic, is the recipient of 2 Golden Geek nominations, and is in the running for the 2016 Origins “RPG of the Year” award. Ross has over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry and has crowdfunded over $120,000 for music, game, and charity projects. He has been a panelist and taught workshops at PAX, Gamestorm, The Evergreen State College, and Emerald City Comicon.

Jane Dunnewold – Painting – SanAntonio, TexasBio (1)

Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one person exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016). Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center/2013). She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegue (Korea) International Textile Exhibition.

Dunnewold has authored numerous books, including the classic, Complex Cloth (1996). Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric (2010.) In 2016 North Light Books will publish Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Stories to inspire Artistic Genius. She is the former President of the Surface Design Association.

Randi Parkhurst –  Book Arts, Olympia, WA

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Randi Parkhurst lives and works from her studio in Olympia, WA. She specializes in miniature, interactive book and box structures. Her work is featured in the rare book collections of The Evergreen State College, University of Puget Sound and numerous private collections. Her work is on permanent exhibition at the Penland School of Crafts. Randiʼs book art is featured in 1000 Artistsʼ Books: Exploring The Book As Art, Quarry Books, and 500 Artistsʼ Books, Vol. 2, Lark Books. Her recent workshops have been held at the Penland School of Crafts (2010), Focus On Book Arts Conference (2013), Seattle Center For Book Arts (2009), Green Heron Book Arts (2013). Randi is a member of Book Arts Guild, WA, Guild of Book Workers (Northwest Chapter), North Redwoods Book Artists in CA and Puget Sound Book Artists, Tacoma, WA.

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