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A Road Trip to Maureen's

What's This Place All About?

Enter the world of artist, author, teacher, designer, Storyclay Teller, spiritual director and retreat facilitator, Maureen Carlson. 

For 35 years she has been sharing her knowledge of polymer clay and sculpting with an international audience.  You may be familiar with her work through her books, videos, Sister Folk or What a Character Push Molds.  Or perhaps a few years back you watched her on the Carol Duvall Show on HGTV.

Since 1999 the center of her creative efforts has been this big white building which perches on the banks of Sand Creek. 

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But she'll tell you that it's not about the building or what's created there.  What makes it all worthwhile are the people who come through the doors, carrying their stories, their ideas and their dreams. 

Come be a part of what's happening at Maureen's.

 Open the doors to your own adventure!
 


Click on photos for a virtual tour.

For a slower internet connection click here. (Winter video only)


Winter/Touring the Inside.
Filmed on 3/13/2007


Summer at Maureen's
Filmed on 6/8/2007

 

The educational branch of Wee Folk Creations

Located at the edge of Sand Creek in historic Jordan, Minnesota

A PLACE FOR

* Learning and Laughter

* Discovery and Exploration

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* Creative Arts Classes * Polymer Clay Classes

* Creativity Seminars * Clay-Party Celebrations

* Sculpting and Doll Making Seminars

* Private artist retreats: group and individual

 



ON THE BANKS OF SAND CREEK

HISTORY:  In 1998, Dan and Maureen Carlson took on the challenge of turning a 19th century boarding house into a place for Maureen to carry out her dream of a Retreat Center for the Creative Arts. The house was big, and it was basically sound. But what really sold the house was its location on the banks of Sand Creek in the picturesque town of Jordan, Minnesota. Inside there was "potential" as they say: the potential for a lot of work! But the power of the dream worked its magic. Today the Center is a place filled with little clay people and whimsical dolls, polymer clay drawer pulls and the joy of creative imagination. The Center opened in 1999 to a full schedule of classes.

In 2007, in an effort to provide a more descriptive name to the larger community, the name was changed to: Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts.  The building remains the educational branch of Wee Folk Creations, which is the polymer clay design, mail order and web business of Maureen and Dan Carlson.

The building continues to be an inspirational work in progress in which they invite you to share - whether through a visit, an afternoon class or an extended retreat. In this charming space you have the chance to learn a wide variety of creative arts and polymer clay related techniques, create cartoon characters, sculpt life-like dolls, design jewelry, and explore the excitement of color, texture and form. You might even discover yourself.  


LOCATION:  The building is situated at the corner of Water and Varner Street in Jordan, a former hub of mid-19th and early 20th century activity. Jordan is nestled at the base of a hill just off US HWY 169, 10 miles south of Shakopee, MN and just 35 miles SW from downtown Minneapolis or 30 minutes from the Minneapolis/St.Paul airport. Mystic Lake Casino, the Mall of America, trails along the Minnesota River and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival are all less than an hour away. A small gazebo park and working railroad separate the 140-year old former boarding house from a row of antique shops, the 100 year old Pekarna meat market, the Mini-Met ball field and the walking paths that lead to Mill Pond and a scenic waterfall. Look out the back windows of the classroom and you will see the banks of Sand Creek, which, depending on the season, babbles or roars as it passes by just 20 feet from the back door.

The  are from 1 ½ hours to 7 days in length, designed for a variety of skill levels and interests. Whether you are a dedicated polymer clay professional, a devoted hobbyist, or interested in general Creative Arts Classes, there is something right for you.

Any of the classes taught by Maureen may be scheduled for your PRIVATE GROUP. Minimum of six students required. The 2 classrooms and the upstairs DORMITORY, which sleeps 8, may also be rented for use by private arts-related groups.



A Winter View out the Classroom Door

   

Morning Glories in August



A Walk Through the Gardens at Maureen's



These two photos were taken at Mill Pond Park, 3 blocks south of Maureen's in Jordan, MN

Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts
102 Water Street
Jordan, MN 55352

 

Send Mail to:  Maureen's, C/O Wee Folk Creations, 102 Water Street, Jordan, MN 55352
phone at center: 651-460-0725
Home office: 952-447-3828

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