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 - 1991).
Dan, Maureen's 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. Her most recent book, Fairies, Gnomes and Trolls, is scheduled for a November 20, 2006 release.
In 2005, Dan cut back
on the clay part of the mail order business in order to specialize
in Maureen Carlson designs, which includes how-to books, push molds,
stories and several lines of collectible characters, including
Pippsywoggins®, Friar Folk™ and Sister Folk™.
Dan also has more time now to work on his music compositions, a hobby that is very challenging and satisfying to him. His first public work is now on our web site and it is about a which we plan on building at the retreat center in 2007.
Maureen's designs are about imagination and 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 have opportunities to learn, to share and to explore their creative interests.
There is also a small gallery featuring some of Maureen's earlier work as well as those pieces that are featured in her books.
You are welcome to visit Maureen's, as it is open to the public by whim, by fancy and by appointment, as well as during regularly scheduled hours. Click on picture to go to the Home page of Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts.