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Our instructors are drawn from a wealth of talented teachers, including nationally known artists from across the country and across the street. They are innovative craftsmen and artists who enjoy trying new techniques and love sharing what they do with their students.

If you are an experienced art, craft, writing, or performing arts instructor and are interested in teaching at Shake Rag Alley, click here for more information.

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Katie White

Katie White grew up on a farm in Stockton, IL. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a BFA degree in Ceramics. She has participated in ceramic residencies throughout the country including The Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT, as well as at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.…Read More

Katie White grew up on a farm in Stockton, IL. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a BFA degree in Ceramics. She has participated in ceramic residencies throughout the country including The Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT, as well as at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. White moved to Mineral Point in June of 2017 where she worked as studio assistant at Bruce Howdle Studio. She continues to create her pottery and sculpture in the Sardeson Pottery Studio and wood-fires in the Mineral Point area.

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Broken China Pendants – AM

Broken China Pendants – PM

Slab Built Flower Planters

Potter’s Wheel Throwing Intro

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John and Marcia Whitt

John Whitt is a self-taught rustic furniture designer/creator from Missouri, and has been creating pieces from magazine racks to  canopy beds since 1982.  By consulting experts in kiln drying and wood finishing, he has brought modern technology into his construction techniques. Marcia is a functional and contemporary basket maker. She has been making baskets since 1981 in her Bent Tree Basket studio on the family farm in northwest Missouri. …Read More
John Whitt is a self-taught rustic furniture designer/creator from Missouri, and has been creating pieces from magazine racks to  canopy beds since 1982.  By consulting experts in kiln drying and wood finishing, he has brought modern technology into his construction techniques.
Marcia is a functional and contemporary basket maker. She has been making baskets since 1981 in her Bent Tree Basket studio on the family farm in northwest Missouri.  She enjoys incorporating locally-found natural materials into each piece.  She also works in wood media.
John and Marcia collaborate on some items, and walking sticks is one of them.  John harvests and dries the  willow, Marcia does the stripping, and both enjoy designing and wood burning the walking sticks.
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Lindy Wilson

During her art teaching days at Wingra School in Madison, Lindy’s favorite class offering was “Mish Mosh” Fridays. That’s when the kids were greeted by an overabundance of art supplies, found objects, “whatzits”, sticks and other gifts from nature. Lindy marveled at the creative and unique assemblages that were born. That sort of creative spirit is what calls Lindy to the Woodlanders Gatherings! …Read More

During her art teaching days at Wingra School in Madison, Lindy’s favorite class offering was “Mish Mosh” Fridays. That’s when the kids were greeted by an overabundance of art supplies, found objects, “whatzits”, sticks and other gifts from nature. Lindy marveled at the creative and unique assemblages that were born. That sort of creative spirit is what calls Lindy to the Woodlanders Gatherings!  Her mantra…”what else could this be?”

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Stick Figure Sculpture

Get a (Rustic) Handle On It

 

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Greg Winz

Greg Winz brings a background in metallurgy as well as some Folklore Village showmanship to his blacksmithing workshops. Greg, trained as a machinist, today is a research technician at UW-Madison. He enjoys sharing his love of the metal arts with aspiring students. Workshops Beginning Blacksmithing - May Beginning Blacksmithing - JulyRead More

Greg Winz brings a background in metallurgy as well as some Folklore Village showmanship to his blacksmithing workshops. Greg, trained as a machinist, today is a research technician at UW-Madison. He enjoys sharing his love of the metal arts with aspiring students.

Workshops

Beginning Blacksmithing – May

Beginning Blacksmithing – July

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David and JoEllen Wollangk

"As life-long crafters and artists, we try everything. We have done workshops on both Viking Knitting and Fold Forming numerous times. We like helping others learn the basic techniques and provide a creative outlet." Workshops Simplified Locket for Pendant or Ornament Copper Leaf Fold Form Leaf Earrings Bottle Cap Fish SculptureRead More

“As life-long crafters and artists, we try everything. We have done workshops on both Viking Knitting and Fold Forming numerous times. We like helping others learn the basic techniques and provide a creative outlet.”

Workshops

Simplified Locket for Pendant or Ornament

Copper Leaf Fold Form Leaf Earrings

Bottle Cap Fish Sculpture

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Catherine Young

Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Contours, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review, and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others.…Read More

Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place.

Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Contours, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review, and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others. Catherine’s poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines, and her recent poetry is found in Tiny Seed Journal, About Place, and Cold Mountain. Her children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket.

A nominee for the Pushcart Prize in prose and poetry and Best American Essays, Catherine is the recipient of a Terry Foundation Edenfred Fellowship. Her memoir, Black Diamonds, Blue Flames, was longlisted for the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. She worked as a national park ranger, farmer, educator, and mother before completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

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Between Contoured Lines: Reading & Writing the Driftless