Meet clay artist Peter Olsen

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Ellie & Clarence is proud to carry works by Peter Olsen who grew up in rural Wisconsin, where, among other things, he was in the 4H club and the Wisconsin Youth Symphony. He studied music at University and in grad school, and thought that he would end up playing the french horn in an orchestra.  After grad school he took a break from music at a theological resource center in London and ended up staying there for ten years.  During a sabbatical from that job he discovered clay, and has been hooked ever since.

Says Peter:

I collaborate with my friends to fire the work that I make, so these pots can be seen as the emergence of events, as much as the finished objects.

The sculptural potential of simple shapes and the arrangement possibilities interest me.  The dialogue of one pot next to another is bigger than the sum of the parts.

Age and familiarity improve the piece.

Olsen is also the Executive Director of Seward Park Clay Studio and has an amazing studio and a wood fire kiln right here in Index, Washington, where he spends as much free time as he can!

Meet jeweler Nick Pietsch

 

Minerals drive the passions behind Nick Pietschs’ (NpDesigns) jewelry and mineral sculptures.  He has been collecting quartz crystals in the Cascade mountains for over 30 years and has been in Index since 2010.  His family loves to play in the Skykomish River, hike around the wonderful area forest trails, and ski in the winter.

Nick’s favorite materials are sterling silver, 18k gold, elevator bolts, tourmaline, turquoise, mawsitsit, sugulite, chrysoprase, ruby, lapis, star sapphire and hematite.

Besides Ellie & Clarence, you can find Nick’s work on Facebook , Etsy and Instagram!
All jewelry photos courtesy of the artist

Meet potter Rebecca English

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Rebecca English has been providing Ellie & Clarence since its beginnings with bright, whimsical, rainbow colored bowls and small plates that are both beautiful and affordable. Her blue and purple hues are especially magnificent!

Rebecca has been making pottery since she was 16 with help from mentor and current boss Larry Bruning of Bruning Pottery in Snohomish, Washington. Now living with her family in Skyko 5, Rebecca has lived in the Skykomish Valley all of her life.

“I eat, sleep and make pots,” explains the artist — and we are grateful for it!

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