Journal of Artist and Storyteller Maureen Carlson: In search of
those everyday “aha!” moments when the worlds of creativity,
spirituality and wonder collide
Storyclay Telling Contact
Maureen's On-Line Gallery
Wee Folk Creations (on-line sales)
with a Few Words from Maureen
It's a bit strange when one's name is also on a building.
Who or what is Maureen? A building? A business?
A Center? Or a person? Happens to be that
Maureen - or Maureen's - relates to all of the above.
But we're not one and the same.
The Center for Creative Arts is my calling, but there is
also that personal part of me that yearns to express my art,
who needs time to be alone in order to understand the
signposts along the path, and who delights in the smells,
sounds, sights and relationships of the world around me.
In this part of the site,
and on my blog, I'll have a
chance to talk about some of those things that bring me joy
and challenges. And I plan to share some of the stories
that I see and hear as I meander through this journey that
is my life. Stay tuned, as I've just started working
on these pages. I look forward to connecting with you.
E-mail me if you
have questions. Maybe that will provide me with a
starting point for my next entry. Talk to you later.
Maureen Peck Carlson
|About Wee Folk
It's good to have you stop in for a visit. The following info
about Wee Folk Creations, which was our main business name before
Dan and I opened Maureen's, will tell you quite a bit about what Dan
and I have been doing for the last 30 years.
Wee Folk Creations
specializes in the designs, artwork and stories of polymer clay
artist and author, Maureen Carlson. Maureen has been an avid fan of
polymer clay since 1979, when her first FIMO wee folk looked back at
her and grinned - or so she says. This stuff had life! It was
magic! For many years Maureen made one-of-a-kind characters which
she sold primarily at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival (1979 -
husband, joined the business in 1989, when he produced their first
teaching videotape, Mug Dwellers and Wee Folk. That first video led
to 4 others, and then to the expansion of their business to include
general polymer clay supplies. Wee Folk Creations became one of the
leaders in the rapidly expanding world of polymer clay design.
Along the way Maureen began writing craft books, beginning with FIMO
FOLK, published by Hot Off the Press in 1992. Her most recent book,
Fairies, Gnomes and Trolls, is scheduled for a November 20, 2006
In 2005, Dan cut back
on the clay part of the mail order business in order to specialize
in Maureen Carlson designs, which includes how-to books, push molds,
stories and several lines of collectible characters, including
Pippsywoggins®, Friar Folk™ and Sister Folk™.
Click on pictures to see more.
Dan also has more time
now to work on his music compositions, a hobby that is very
challenging and satisfying to him. His first public work is now on
our web site and it is about a
which we plan on building at the retreat center in 2007.
Maureen's designs are
about imagination and whimsy and the joy of recognizing a glint of
understanding in the eyes of a wee clay creature. The seeds for
this imaginative view of life began on a dairy farm in central
Michigan, in the American midwest, where Maureen spent hours
wandering the woods and fields and digging in the garden. The soil
and sun and green sprouts and falling leaves eventually became the
background for many of her stories.
In 1999, the Carlsons
opened Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts, in Jordan,
Minnesota, just 35 miles southwest of Minneapolis. In this small
town setting, perched on the edge of a small meandering creek,
students and retreat participants have opportunities to learn, to
share and to explore their creative interests.
There is also a small
gallery featuring some of Maureen's earlier work as well as those
pieces that are featured in her books.
You are welcome to
visit Maureen's, as it is open to the public by whim, by fancy and
by appointment, as well as during regularly scheduled hours.
Click on picture to
go to the Home page of Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts.
Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts
102 Water Street
Jordan, MN 55352
Send Mail to: Maureen's, C/O Wee Folk Creations, 18476 Natchez Ave.,
Prior Lake, MN 55372
phone at center: 952-492-3260
Home office: 952-447-3828