Eric Knoche

Eric Knoche grew up in White Bear Lake and had a very bad attitude towards pottery as a child and young adult.  Towards the end of his time at the U of M, Morris, he touched clay for the first time and after that could no long imagine doing anything else with his life.  He subsequently worked for two years with ceramist Jeff Shapiro and for six months with Isezaki Jun, Living National Treasure, Bizen, Japan.  In 2011 he discovered the Argentine tango and now splits his passions between clay work and dancing.  In addition he enjoys playing Sheepshead, trap shooting and checking the cloud formations for the face of Elvis.  Eric lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Kristin. 


Dan Hill

Dan Hill, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Sensory Logic, Inc., which originated the use of facial coding in business beginning in 1998. Dan has received ten U.S. patents in all, and his research-based consulting company has worked for over half of the world’s top 100 business-to-consumer oriented companies.
Dan’s TV appearances have included: ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Al Jazeera, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC’s “The Today Show,” PBS, and The Tennis Channel. Radio appearances have included the BBC and NPR’s “Marketplace.” Print and digital coverage of Dan’s work
has included: Admap, Advertising Age, Adweek, Allure, Cosmopolitan, China Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, The Financial Times, Inc., Kiplinger’s The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Politico, Time, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to his having been a columnist for Reuters during the 2016 presidential race. His essays were noted with commendation in the 1989, 1991 and 1994 editions of The Best American Essays.
Since his education at St. Olaf College, Oxford University, Brown University, and Rutgers University, Dan has given speeches and workshops in over 25 countries, Along with his wife, Karen Bernthal, he lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and Palm Desert, California. To sign up for Dan’s Faces of the Week blog series or to learn about his other offerings, please visit


Marcia G. Anderson

Graduate of the U of Ariz. with a B.A. in anthropology & history, and a M.A. in Museum Studies.  1973-1981 various roles with the Arizona State Museum and the Arizona Historical Society including Site Manager, Registrar, Acting Curator of Education, Acting Collections Curator. 

Marcia managed and developed the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) three-dimensional collections from 1981-2011. 

Marcia’s essay, Art for Life’s Sake: The Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis,” in Minnesota 1900: Art and Life on the Upper Mississippi, 1890-1915, Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1994, pp. 122-213. Received the Montgomery Award.

She is the author of  “The Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis: A Model of the Arts and Crafts Movement,” in The Substance of Style: Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement.  Winterthur, Delaware: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1996, pp. 213-228. 

Co-author and developer of the In Honor of the People website with Tilly Laskey. Using MN Legacy funds to document and make accessible the Bishop Henry Whipple American Indian related collections held by the MNHS and the Science Museum of Minnesota, 2010-2011.

Marcia is a collaborator in creation of The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary online resource using MN Legacy funds, 2010-2011.

She is retired as Senior Curator in 2011.  2011 – 2017 completed a book on the MNHS bandolier bag collection – A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag.  Published – May 2017, MNHS Press.  


Karen Engelbretson

Karen is a fiber artist and creator of KJE Felties™, needle felted birds. Her wool sculptures are inspired and informed by her direct observation of birds in the habitat she’s created around her home studio. Karen’s career as a graphic designer and illustrator is evident in her packaged needle felting kits, classroom instruction books and the tiny books about birds she writes, illustrates, and prints in her family’s letterpress print shop.


Kit Artig

Kit Artig is a former advertising Creative Director and artist working in acrylic, oil, and mixed media. Favorite subjects are wildlife and nautical, with a bit of a twist… all growing out of passions formed early living on the lake. She received her BFA at Minneapolis College of Art & Design after a year in London studying printmaking and bookbinding. There she showed new work with classmates in galleries in London, Edinburough & Greenwich. After college she became art director and courtroom artist for KMSP TV, always ready for the next murder conspiracy trial.

Her work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, New York Times, published in “Art and Illusion”, and resides in many private collections.


Clarice Allgood

Clarice Allgood is a functional potter and artist. Many disciplines inform her practice. A pragmatic, DIY childhood and an academic foundation in philosophy underwrite her focus on the practical and ethical tools of everyday life. Allgood has traveled around the country studying ceramics, participating in numerous workshops and in informal residencies. Allgood currently resides in Minneapolis where she is a 2019 graduate of the MN NICE Program, an advanced certificate program at Northern Clay Center.


Holly Stone

A Minnesota native, Holly has been involved in the arts her entire life – with visual arts, music and theater. She has taught adults and children various 2D media throughout the metropolitan area for the past 20 years including oil and acrylic painting, pastels, and watercolor. She is recently returned…


Bonnie Buzza

Bonnie is a retired college teacher and administrator who began working with fibers when she retired 10 years ago. She works with a variety of fiber materials including making baskets and plaiting and tying wheat. Her Swedish holiday ornaments harken back to her part-Swedish heritage and brighten her home each…


Morris Anderson

Morris Anderson is a 30 year member of Mid-America Woodcarvers Association and has over 50 years of experience in carving and teaching in the areas  of low relief, intaglio, chip carving, canes and walking sticks, caricatures and realistic.  


Sharriah Armstrong

Sharriah Armstrong is a registered yoga instructor and education consultant with a passion for making jewelry with a purpose. She began making mala jewelry during her yoga teacher training and is now bringing her love of jewelry and homeopathic essential oils together to create beautiful diffuser jewelry that looks good…