Born and raised in England and Wales, Nicola moved to the United States in 1989, settling in the Black Hills to raise her family. Her acrylic hand-pulled prints are made using a homemade “Gelli plate.”
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Larry Stearns was born and raised in northwestern South Dakota and has recently retired to the Black Hills. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and was inspired by his brother to start turning pens ten years ago. With further encouragement from his wife, Pat, he decided to try making decorative pieces such as vases and bowls as well as functional pieces like coffee mugs. Currently, he creates writing instruments and decorative items while continuing to hone his craft.
A dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner from Ohio, Sylvia began creating jewelry late in life as a third career. She began intensely studying jewelry-making techniques about fifteen years ago at local classes in California. Her studies continued at the Revere Academy in San Francisco, followed by a one-year apprenticeship with a classic goldsmith in Santa Cruz, California. During this time, she exhibited and sold her work at several galleries on the Monterey Peninsula. After moving to South Dakota, she spent a year as the head goldsmith in one of the local Black Hills Gold factories.
Stephen Mullins resides in Wyoming where he is a high school art teacher. After traveling for some time, Stephen went to the University of Wyoming where he received his B.F.A. in Studio Art and his B.A. in Art Education.
Ila raises llamas, using their wool to design and handmake wearable art and clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves, and more. Her “Soap in a Coat” is made using either her homemade soap or soap purchased from the Vermont Country Store. She hand-felts the soap, creating an all-in-one washcloth and soap.
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