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Virginia Spurrier Streitz - Potter / Painter

-Co-Owner of Brickyard Pottery - I ave honed my craft through extensive travel, a variety of classroom settings, and nearly two decades of experimenting. It's taken tons of mud to create the forms I seek and numerous mishaps to discover my palette.

I strive to personify qualities of nature. Creating clay forms and painting has become a therapeutic process, a means to take in the daunting and tumultuous currents. Engaging in the creative process with both paint and clay is a mechanism to find a balance in this perplexing state.


Brian Dosch  - Original co-owner of Brickyard Pottery. -Brian recently retired but still has work in the gallery. Get his work before it’s gone! Brian does primarily wheel-thrown pottery that’s made to be used every day in the kitchen. Working mostly in stoneware, he produces a wide range of items. Casseroles, soup tureens, platters, bowls and crocks are just a few of the pieces he makes.

Brian Dosch - Original co-owner of Brickyard Pottery. -Brian recently retired but still has work in the gallery. Get his work before it’s gone! Brian does primarily wheel-thrown pottery that’s made to be used every day in the kitchen. Working mostly in stoneware, he produces a wide range of items. Casseroles, soup tureens, platters, bowls and crocks are just a few of the pieces he makes.

Mary Dosch - Original co-owner of Brickyard Pottery. Mary recently retired but still has work in the gallery. Get her work before it’s gone! Mary is a potter who builds and fabricates with slabs of clay. She produces functional pieces such as trays, vases and dinnerware. But Mary’s passion is producing clay fish. Whether it’s a functional fish pitcher, a giant fish platter or a fish garden piece, she has stayed with the fish motif for several years, creating deeply textured, colorful creatures.

Amy Bushee  - Pottery - **FOOD, MICROWAVE and DISHWASHER-SAFE!** Stoneware pots slab built by Amy Bushee! The textures and process I used to make my pots creates a unique 'patchwork' look to a lot of my things. I used anything from doilies to onion bags to texture my pieces. I also used wooden clay tools to add stitch-like markings to further accentuate the patchwork look. I'm not currently making new pieces, but I still have pieces to share!

Amy Bushee - Pottery - **FOOD, MICROWAVE and DISHWASHER-SAFE!** Stoneware pots slab built by Amy Bushee! The textures and process I used to make my pots creates a unique 'patchwork' look to a lot of my things. I used anything from doilies to onion bags to texture my pieces. I also used wooden clay tools to add stitch-like markings to further accentuate the patchwork look. I'm not currently making new pieces, but I still have pieces to share!

Mill Pond Clay-Works pottery by Jedd Peters  specializes in Hand-carved pottery. Each piece is hand thrown and carved one at a time with care. All pots are signed and original, no two are the same. With over 20 years of experience in production pottery Mill Pond Clay-Works provides you with highest quality hand made art. All my pots are Dishwasher and Microwave safe. All my glazes are Lead Free.

Mill Pond Clay-Works pottery by Jedd Peters specializes in Hand-carved pottery. Each piece is hand thrown and carved one at a time with care. All pots are signed and original, no two are the same. With over 20 years of experience in production pottery Mill Pond Clay-Works provides you with highest quality hand made art. All my pots are Dishwasher and Microwave safe. All my glazes are Lead Free.

Kathy Maves  - I developed a unique adaptation of marbling for the ceramic surface. Marbling is an ancient book arts monoprint technique. It is a wet transfer of an image that can never be entirely reproduced. I love it because it is a mark of nature, full of energy and movement. I use it to make earthenware ceramics and pottery. Visit my website to shop or find nearby galleries that carry this body of work. I hope that you enjoy the ever-changing selection of this studio pottery. Every part of the making, from design, throwing and wet work, decorating, and glazing, through to the finished piece, is done by me. Each piece is an intensely handmade object that is meant to be shared and enjoyed.

Kathy Maves - I developed a unique adaptation of marbling for the ceramic surface. Marbling is an ancient book arts monoprint technique. It is a wet transfer of an image that can never be entirely reproduced. I love it because it is a mark of nature, full of energy and movement. I use it to make earthenware ceramics and pottery. Visit my website to shop or find nearby galleries that carry this body of work. I hope that you enjoy the ever-changing selection of this studio pottery. Every part of the making, from design, throwing and wet work, decorating, and glazing, through to the finished piece, is done by me. Each piece is an intensely handmade object that is meant to be shared and enjoyed.

Kori Spaulding Parish -  Creating functional pottery that one not only wants to look at but use daily in their kitchen is my passion. Please enjoy browsing through my pieces.

Kori Spaulding Parish - Creating functional pottery that one not only wants to look at but use daily in their kitchen is my passion. Please enjoy browsing through my pieces.

Virginia Spurrier Streitz  - Potter / Painter  -Co-Owner of Brickyard Pottery - I ave honed my craft through extensive travel, a variety of classroom settings, and nearly two decades of experimenting. It's taken tons of mud to create the forms I seek and numerous mishaps to discover my palette.  I strive to personify qualities of nature. Creating clay forms and painting has become a therapeutic process, a means to take in the daunting and tumultuous currents. Engaging in the creative process with both paint and clay is a mechanism to find a balance in this perplexing state.

Virginia Spurrier Streitz - Potter / Painter

-Co-Owner of Brickyard Pottery - I ave honed my craft through extensive travel, a variety of classroom settings, and nearly two decades of experimenting. It's taken tons of mud to create the forms I seek and numerous mishaps to discover my palette.

I strive to personify qualities of nature. Creating clay forms and painting has become a therapeutic process, a means to take in the daunting and tumultuous currents. Engaging in the creative process with both paint and clay is a mechanism to find a balance in this perplexing state.

Janice Morris  Hello from Northern Wisconsin! My name is Janice (pronounced Jan-eese) Morris. I was an art major years ago (way too many...), I graduated with a comprehensive BA from UWEC. At that time, watercolor was not considered a valid media. I never took a watercolor class in my college years! I taught high school art for 32 years, most at Barron High School, in Barron , WI. Since college and retirement, I have studied watercolor/mixed media with a variety of fabulous, internationally known teachers . It has been my goal to constantly update my skills and to continue learning... I am a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, The Minnesota Watercolor Society, The Artists of MN, the Northstar Watercolor Society, and the Red River Watercolor Society. I have exhibited and won several awards at the Artists of MN Spring Show. I gained my signature membership in the national show with Northstar Watercolor in 2017, and my signature status with MN Watercolor Society in 2019. My artwork has been accepted in the Red River Watercolor Society National Show, and the Minnesota Watercolor Society, The Artists of Minnesota, the Center For Visual Arts in Wausau, WI and the Wisconsin Watercolor Society shows.

Janice Morris Hello from Northern Wisconsin! My name is Janice (pronounced Jan-eese) Morris. I was an art major years ago (way too many...), I graduated with a comprehensive BA from UWEC. At that time, watercolor was not considered a valid media. I never took a watercolor class in my college years! I taught high school art for 32 years, most at Barron High School, in Barron , WI. Since college and retirement, I have studied watercolor/mixed media with a variety of fabulous, internationally known teachers . It has been my goal to constantly update my skills and to continue learning...
I am a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, The Minnesota Watercolor Society, The Artists of MN, the Northstar Watercolor Society, and the Red River Watercolor Society. I have exhibited and won several awards at the Artists of MN Spring Show. I gained my signature membership in the national show with Northstar Watercolor in 2017, and my signature status with MN Watercolor Society in 2019. My artwork has been accepted in the Red River Watercolor Society National Show, and the Minnesota Watercolor Society, The Artists of Minnesota, the Center For Visual Arts in Wausau, WI and the Wisconsin Watercolor Society shows.

Marie Sweeney -  Paintings - Watercolors - Marie has been selling her beautiful watercolor works at Brickyard for many years. A detailed bio coming soon…

Marie Sweeney - Paintings - Watercolors - Marie has been selling her beautiful watercolor works at Brickyard for many years. A detailed bio coming soon…

Patricia Hamm  - Paintings - I have been an artist all my life, and have been selling my art in galleries for 40 years. I could no more stop being an artist, than I could stop breathing. I do not paint realistically, because I feel in realism there are no surprises. What you see is always the same, whereas, in non-objective and abstract work, such as mine, there are, hopefully,new things to discover all the time. I want to interpret what I see, by the use of design, color, texture, contrast and composition. I would like my work to be an escape by combining the abstract and non-objective with shapes found in nature. The viewer should feel a color impact at first sight, and then find compositional variables, depth and subtleties upon further observation. Curvilinear qualities are also evident in my work, due largely, to years of calligraphic work. I usually have coloration in mind, but not a subject matter. When I begin a painting, I rarely draw anything on the paper. I don’t want to be limited by pre-set ideas. Some of my work ends up completely different than it started. It can go through several metamorphoses before I am happy with it. For the last several years I’ve been adding various media to my work. I use watercolor, gouache, fluid acrylic, inks (colored and India), watercolor pencils, craft paints and metal powders. I find the plethora of acrylic products that are on the market to be very exciting and challenging. There are products that produce textures: crackles, stringy, thick, opaque, coarse and slick. There are also new colors that are intense and vibrant. I also have a love-hate relationship with the new Yupo paper, which is actually plastic. It’s like painting on Formica. As my tools, I use large brushes, sponges and sponge brushes, spray bottles, powders, cheesecloth, salt, wax paper, plastic wrap, acrylic media, tapes, scratchers, powdered charcoal, crayons and just about anything that intrigues me. I have been producing collages for corporations and private individuals in recent years. I, also, have been working in tooled metals combined with sculpted acrylic medias. I hope you find that my work stirs your imagination.  -Patricia Mayhew Hamm

Patricia Hamm - Paintings - I have been an artist all my life, and have been selling my art in galleries for 40 years. I could no more stop being an artist, than I could stop breathing.
I do not paint realistically, because I feel in realism there are no surprises. What you see is always the same, whereas, in non-objective and abstract work, such as mine, there are, hopefully,new things to discover all the time. I want to interpret what I see, by the use of design, color, texture, contrast and composition.
I would like my work to be an escape by combining the abstract and non-objective with shapes found in nature. The viewer should feel a color impact at first sight, and then find compositional variables, depth and subtleties upon further observation. Curvilinear qualities are also evident in my work, due largely, to years of calligraphic work.
I usually have coloration in mind, but not a subject matter. When I begin a painting, I rarely draw anything on the paper. I don’t want to be limited by pre-set ideas. Some of my work ends up completely different than it started. It can go through several metamorphoses before I am happy with it.
For the last several years I’ve been adding various media to my work. I use watercolor, gouache, fluid acrylic, inks (colored and India), watercolor pencils, craft paints and metal powders. I find the plethora of acrylic products that are on the market to be very exciting and challenging. There are products that produce textures: crackles, stringy, thick, opaque, coarse and slick. There are also new colors that are intense and vibrant. I also have a love-hate relationship with the new Yupo paper, which is actually plastic. It’s like painting on Formica.
As my tools, I use large brushes, sponges and sponge brushes, spray bottles, powders, cheesecloth, salt, wax paper, plastic wrap, acrylic media, tapes, scratchers, powdered charcoal, crayons and just about anything that intrigues me.
I have been producing collages for corporations and private individuals in recent years. I, also, have been working in tooled metals combined with sculpted acrylic medias.
I hope you find that my work stirs your imagination.

-Patricia Mayhew Hamm

Sue Rowe  -  Cards / Prints - It is a usual, quiet afternoon in October, 1997, upstairs in Stillwater, Minnesota's American Gothic Antiques. I don't want to make little leather bridles for model horses anymore, so I walk to Marshall's area in the rear of the store. Marshall sells old hunting magazines. One from the 1920's has a handsome woodcut illustration of a calm grizzly bear. I have a BFA degree. Maybe I can draw a bear...  Fate places a blank piece of card stock and a sharpened pencil in the desk drawer...  The first drawing was very bad. I am stubborn. The third drawing is almost O.K. Time to go home. I put the magazine back in the rack, pack up, and leave. But the next shift I bring my own drawing paper and pencils. Draw, draw. Roger appears - telling stories to his four pals. He's a wood-worker. Third shift... Has wife and cubbies. All I do is watch and listen. Then its time to draw and write.  It was Roger that sneaked me into a parallel forest where I'm allowed to scribble at will. But the other bears growl, "My turn! My turn!" Here come Al and Beth and Mike and Sheila. And Carla and Carl, Steve and Old Tom. They, too, want their portraits drawn and stories told.  I do what they say - almost every day.  They're bears...

Sue Rowe - Cards / Prints - It is a usual, quiet afternoon in October, 1997, upstairs in Stillwater, Minnesota's American Gothic Antiques. I don't want to make little leather bridles for model horses anymore, so I walk to Marshall's area in the rear of the store. Marshall sells old hunting magazines. One from the 1920's has a handsome woodcut illustration of a calm grizzly bear. I have a BFA degree. Maybe I can draw a bear...

Fate places a blank piece of card stock and a sharpened pencil in the desk drawer...

The first drawing was very bad. I am stubborn. The third drawing is almost O.K. Time to go home. I put the magazine back in the rack, pack up, and leave. But the next shift I bring my own drawing paper and pencils. Draw, draw. Roger appears - telling stories to his four pals. He's a wood-worker. Third shift... Has wife and cubbies. All I do is watch and listen. Then its time to draw and write.

It was Roger that sneaked me into a parallel forest where I'm allowed to scribble at will. But the other bears growl, "My turn! My turn!" Here come Al and Beth and Mike and Sheila. And Carla and Carl, Steve and Old Tom. They, too, want their portraits drawn and stories told.

I do what they say - almost every day.

They're bears...

Catherine Sebek  - Cards / Pastels - I enjoy the creative process and the immediacy of pastel to paper, ink to lead type, glass in whatever form I find interesting at the time, and the thrill of watching an image emerge from a block of linoleum. Whether I am using the lush colors of my pastels, a type font in 24pt, a variety of colors and textures of glass or printing an image on marbled paper, I immerse myself in the process and find joy in creating my art.

Catherine Sebek - Cards / Pastels - I enjoy the creative process and the immediacy of pastel to paper, ink to lead type, glass in whatever form I find interesting at the time, and the thrill of watching an image emerge from a block of linoleum. Whether I am using the lush colors of my pastels, a type font in 24pt, a variety of colors and textures of glass or printing an image on marbled paper, I immerse myself in the process and find joy in creating my art.

Meg Erke  - Multi-Media / Prints / Books - Meg is a mixed media artist integrating painting and book arts. Her work is inspired by nature and the accessibility of outdoor spaces in the Minneapolis area. She is the author and illustrator of “Minnealphabet: An Outdoorsy Homage to Minneapolis”, a picture book celebrating the city’s unique connection to natural spaces. Meg finds beauty in the discarded (broken books, old windows, yellowed paper) and is especially drawn to old and broken books integrating parts of salvaged books into all of her work.  Meg has been in the field of arts education since 2000 when she worked as a middle and high school art teacher. More recently her work in education has been through residency work in schools as a teaching artist, community education classes, and one time events and workshops. Meg passionately believes that everyone can learn to draw, paint, sculpt, and be creative with the right guidance and support. Her students gain skills and confidence through intentional, concrete demonstrations and use of quality professional art materials.

Meg Erke - Multi-Media / Prints / Books - Meg is a mixed media artist integrating painting and book arts. Her work is inspired by nature and the accessibility of outdoor spaces in the Minneapolis area. She is the author and illustrator of “Minnealphabet: An Outdoorsy Homage to Minneapolis”, a picture book celebrating the city’s unique connection to natural spaces. Meg finds beauty in the discarded (broken books, old windows, yellowed paper) and is especially drawn to old and broken books integrating parts of salvaged books into all of her work.

Meg has been in the field of arts education since 2000 when she worked as a middle and high school art teacher. More recently her work in education has been through residency work in schools as a teaching artist, community education classes, and one time events and workshops. Meg passionately believes that everyone can learn to draw, paint, sculpt, and be creative with the right guidance and support. Her students gain skills and confidence through intentional, concrete demonstrations and use of quality professional art materials.

Alene Peterson  - Mug Rugs

Alene Peterson - Mug Rugs

Mezame Designs  - SAORI Weaving - Jackets / Shawls / Woven Coasters - freeform spirit | landscape inspired | texture and color play | weaving wearable art

Mezame Designs - SAORI Weaving - Jackets / Shawls / Woven Coasters - freeform spirit | landscape inspired | texture and color play | weaving wearable art

Bernhard Heer  - Sculpture

Bernhard Heer - Sculpture

Boinnie Hinz  - Bonnie Hinz, a Minnesota artist, is known nationally for her glass and metal wall installations and sculptures.Before beginning her life as an artist, she had a successful career as an interior designer. Just for fun, she took a beginning glass blowing class at a college in the Twin Cities. She found it fascinating--and she was hooked. For several years, she took classes while still working full-time in interior design. In 2004, she made the switch--she built her own glass studio and became a full-time artist. Around the same time, she became interested in combining glass with metal work. She took a number of classes offered through the Guild of Metalsmiths to develop and refine her skills in metal working. Bonnie is fascinated with the way dissimilar materials work in harmony with one another. The fragile, organic nature of glass is a counterpoint to the industrial, durable strength of metal. Both materials are formed by heat and fire, but the resulting elements are vastly different. She combines the two into seamlessly integrated art. As a former interior designer, she has a natural affinity with color. Her designs swirl with layers of bright and arresting colors.Her inspiration comes from diverse organic shapes--from leaves, flowers and pods to the gracefully curving lines of grasses, roots and trees. With her unique combination of glass and metal art, Bonnie has created art installations for medical buildings, hotels, offices, and many other public settings, as well as private homes, all around the United States.

Boinnie Hinz - Bonnie Hinz, a Minnesota artist, is known nationally for her glass and metal wall installations and sculptures.Before beginning her life as an artist, she had a successful career as an interior designer. Just for fun, she took a beginning glass blowing class at a college in the Twin Cities. She found it fascinating--and she was hooked. For several years, she took classes while still working full-time in interior design. In 2004, she made the switch--she built her own glass studio and became a full-time artist. Around the same time, she became interested in combining glass with metal work. She took a number of classes offered through the Guild of Metalsmiths to develop and refine her skills in metal working. Bonnie is fascinated with the way dissimilar materials work in harmony with one another. The fragile, organic nature of glass is a counterpoint to the industrial, durable strength of metal. Both materials are formed by heat and fire, but the resulting elements are vastly different. She combines the two into seamlessly integrated art. As a former interior designer, she has a natural affinity with color. Her designs swirl with layers of bright and arresting colors.Her inspiration comes from diverse organic shapes--from leaves, flowers and pods to the gracefully curving lines of grasses, roots and trees. With her unique combination of glass and metal art, Bonnie has created art installations for medical buildings, hotels, offices, and many other public settings, as well as private homes, all around the United States.

Sarah Capuzzi  - Jewelry

Sarah Capuzzi - Jewelry

Crysten Nesseth  - Metal Sculptoress, Crysten Nesseth, developed a passion for working with recycled metals and sustainable arts after graduating from St. Olaf College in 2012, with a degree in Biology. She has developed a quiver of creative skills, including metal-working, 2D art, graphic design and music. Much of her work is inspired by her background in science and a passion for the natural world, where she can be found rock-climbing, sailing, skiing, scuba diving and traveling in her free time.

Crysten Nesseth - Metal Sculptoress, Crysten Nesseth, developed a passion for working with recycled metals and sustainable arts after graduating from St. Olaf College in 2012, with a degree in Biology. She has developed a quiver of creative skills, including metal-working, 2D art, graphic design and music. Much of her work is inspired by her background in science and a passion for the natural world, where she can be found rock-climbing, sailing, skiing, scuba diving and traveling in her free time.

Brenna Busse - Mixed Media - Illuminating our connection to nature, seeing ourselves as being nature, is a ongoing intention in my work. Always figurative, these pieces are made with the earth's elements of clay, sticks, fiber. This current series, "Messenger/Message" rests somewhere between a prayer and a dance -- with birds as a familiar, yet powerful metaphor. The winged ones, are messengers from the sky/spirit world to us earth bound humans. They remind us to find and cherish that wild and spirited place inside of ourselves. This series came to me after the death of my dear sister, Janet. Telling me of her death and then later comforting me with continued, intermittent presence -- the cardinal comes with it's insistent call and bright plumage. I realized then, this connection is also not a metaphor. Both are true. That the figure's head may be growing branches, and the arms or legs are sometimes sticks suggesting limb --reinforces our being part of the natural world. Is this person becoming tree, or tree becoming person? This work celebrates our fluid, beautiful and complicated relationship of nature -- within us and around us.

Brenna Busse - Mixed Media - Illuminating our connection to nature, seeing ourselves as being nature, is a ongoing intention in my work. Always figurative, these pieces are made with the earth's elements of clay, sticks, fiber. This current series, "Messenger/Message" rests somewhere between a prayer and a dance -- with birds as a familiar, yet powerful metaphor. The winged ones, are messengers from the sky/spirit world to us earth bound humans. They remind us to find and cherish that wild and spirited place inside of ourselves. This series came to me after the death of my dear sister, Janet. Telling me of her death and then later comforting me with continued, intermittent presence -- the cardinal comes with it's insistent call and bright plumage. I realized then, this connection is also not a metaphor. Both are true. That the figure's head may be growing branches, and the arms or legs are sometimes sticks suggesting limb --reinforces our being part of the natural world. Is this person becoming tree, or tree becoming person? This work celebrates our fluid, beautiful and complicated relationship of nature -- within us and around us.