Glorious Hugs | Trish Gardiner
Over the years, Trish Gardiner has studied with world-renowned master glass teachers from Ireland and Czech Republic as well as teachers from New York and Oregon. She is a member and regular contributor to international fused glass forums. Her glass art can be found in Uptown Minnesota at the Mall of America, local businesses, client’s homes and at events for the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota. In 2014 several pieces of her work were selected for an international gallery show of artists in Ajijic, Jalisco. Trish resides in the Twin Cities where she teaches kiln formed glass classes in her studio and in the community. She enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, diving, and recently completed 100-mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe, CA to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Glorious Hugs, LLC | Guillermo Cuellar
Guillermo Cuellar is a potter who grew up in Venezuela and now lives and works in Shafer, MN. He received his BA in Art, French and Geology from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, in 1976 and has participated in numerous workshops, including summer workshops with Warren Mackenzie (1981-2006). He has been self-employed as a studio potter since 1980. Guillermo’s experience as a wilderness guide in Venezuela led him to appreciate the love, enjoyment and respect felt by the native people of Venezuela for their handmade pots, baskets, hammocks and dugouts. The entwining of their creativity and daily life remains an enduring inspiration and fuels his goal to create useful everyday objects that remind us of the joy in beauty and creativity. Guillermo’s work has been exhibited widely across the U.S. and in Venezuela. He was invited to be a host studio on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour in 2010 and was featured on the TPT series Minnesota Original in 2012. He has been the recipient of an ECAC/McKnight Individual Artist grant (2011) and two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants (2006 and 2012). Find Guillermo’s work at www.guillermopottery.com and in fine galleries.
Glorious Hugs | Linda Clayton
Linda Clayton currently works full time as an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is mostly self taught and exhibits her work at a variety of shows and galleries in the area. Artist’s Statement My artwork is whimsical, bright, and sometimes a bit surreal. My paintings begin as a rough sketch; a thought or image that through application of oil paints, they slowly morph into what they intended to become. Each piece is then sealed with varnish and all are done on canvas. My work is defined by a foundation of vibrant colors and textures. Often, the colors are chosen even before the subject or composition. Ideas enter my head and buzz around, gathering momentum and volume until they can no longer be quieted. I have no choice but to immerse myself in music and bring my paintings to life. I find inspiration everywhere and in everyday. I am lucky to have kept the rose colored glasses of childhood that allow me to still see the dazzling wonder in this world and I endeavor to let this shine through in my work. The purpose of my work is very simple. I hope that when looking at my paintings, viewers can steal a bit of laughter or find a camaraderie in the midst of a typically high-stress, fast paced world. Learn more about her at lindaclaytonart.com or on Facebook.
Glorious Hugs, LLC | Marjorie Wade
Marjorie Wade of Stillwater, MN, is a studio potter working with stoneware, porcelain and earthenware clays. She earned degrees in psychology and sociology from St. Cloud MN State University in 1978. She began her formal studies of ceramics in 1998 and has taken numerous clay classes, programs and workshops including extensive studies in ceramics at the Northern Clay Center and the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. She managed the pottery studio and taught ceramics at The Phipps Center for the Arts from 2001-2010. Marj creates pottery for everyday use and embraces simplicity in each piece. Her work is inspired and influenced by the pottery and artifacts from primitive cultures, particularly those of Africa and prehistoric Japan. She finds that it is by incorporating the textural elements and qualities from these traditions that allows aspects of these cultures to be part of the world today. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, including Pots & Prints, ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN (2014); Grounded in Wisconsin, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee WI (2014); and Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Woodfired Ceramics, Baltimore MC. Find her work at www.spiritworkspottery.com, on Facebook and in fine galleries.
Glorious Hugs, LLC
"Founded in Minnesota in 2015, Glorious Hugs has a passion for making it easier for us to care for each other, starting with sending joy and engagement (thereby alleviating loneliness and stress) to older persons and college students. The care packages are designed to be discussed: talk about the art and poetry, use the discussion questions as conversation starters, share the cookies, and enjoy the toys."