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     About Maureen 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 Creations
Greetings.  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 - 1991).

          

Dan, Maureen's 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 release.

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.


     One of the Sister Folk
       
         The Pippsywoggins




    

One of the Friar Folk, a line
that is licensed to Abbey Press.

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 labyrinth 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
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