Bert (Bentonville, AR) started his interest in blacksmithing while attending the grand opening of ESSA’s blacksmithing studio in 2014. He now has his own forging shop, The Smithin’ Jones Backyard Blacksmith Company, and is an active member of The Blacksmithing Organization of Arkansas. Bert joined ESSA‘s Board of Directors in 2016. He also owns Gaskin’s Cabin Steakhouse in the Eureka Springs area.
Owens Oak Baskets is located in theOzark Hills of Southwest Missouri near Branson, MO. It is family owned & operated solely by the Owens family for generations.
Bob Patrick is a nationally known blacksmith with professional experience since 1967. He has taught and demonstrated at regional and national conferences all over North America.
Brandace Cloud (Wilsonville, IL) earned her BA at Webster University. She works as a ceramics instructor at the Edwardsville Arts Center. Brandace focuses on functional pottery, lives in rural Illinois and recently finished building a wood-fire kiln at her home studio.
Carrie (Bella Vista AR) is a certified Creatively Fit Coach who is passionate about two things, her kids and her art. Her sterling silver jewelry has won local awards and can be purchased at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Cathrin Yoder & Sheri Cunningham
Cathrin & Sheri (Eureka Springs, AR) are co-owners and collaborators of Arts of Mud professional clay studio. Sheri has a B.A in Pottery and Ceramics with experience as a studio artist and teacher. Cathrin has a M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in Art and Technology. She has taught at the college level, conducted teacher workshops and is currently a studio artist in Eureka Springs. Both have exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States. Together they have over 50 years of combined experience teaching art.
Christie Braswell (Eureka Springs, AR) is an avid outdoors woman and self-taught artists. Her handmade journals can be found in by many local galleries in Eureka Springs along with her found object easels. She loves to teach her students to live fearlessly and create a legacy through their art and written word.
Dan (Eureka Springs, AR) is a multi-talented artist with a background ranging from watercolor, charcoal, paper mache to metal sculpture. He is a Little Rock, Arkansas native and has attended six different art colleges over his career, including the San Francisco Art Institute and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Dan has his BFA in Metal Arts from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA. His vision enables him to create both whimsical and realistic pieces. Dan is currently the “Artist in Residence” at ESSA.
Danielle (Raleigh, NC) is a metalsmith, neon artist, educator, designer and storyteller. She started her passion for jewelry making at Millersville University and received her BFA in jewelry design in 2010. In addition, she is a recent graduate of the MFA metals design program at East Carolina University.