Journal of Artist and Storyteller Maureen Carlson: In search of
those everyday “aha!” moments when the worlds of creativity,
spirituality and wonder collide
|About Wee Folk
It's good to have you stop in for a visit. The following info
about Wee Folk Creations 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 -
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. How to Make Clay
Characters, published by North Light Books in 1998, has continued to
be her best-selling book to date. Maureen especially enjoyed Family
and Friends in Polymer Clay and Faeries, Gnomes and Trolls, both
published by North Light Books. Most of her books are now out of
print, but can be purchased on-line through resale sites, such as
Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
In 2005, Dan cut back
on the clay part of the mail order business in order to specialize
in Maureen Carlson designs, which included 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.
Dan also has more time
now to work on his music compositions, a hobby that is very
challenging and satisfying to him. You can hear Dan's
Maureen's designs are
about imagination, 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 had opportunities to learn, to
share and to explore their creative interests.
The Center for Creative Arts closed in 2015, but the building
continues to be the home base for both Wee Folk Creations and The
Maureen Carlson Studio.
The Maureen Carlson Studio
102 Water Street
Jordan, MN 55352
Home office: 952-447-3828