About Wee Folk Creations
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).
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.
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, has been well received and now we have a DVD video to go along
with her book. Our newest project in 2008 was the designing of unique
push molds called "Puzzle-Face
Maureen Carlson Designs
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 on our web site and it is about a
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™, Angel
Folk and Sister Folk™.Click on pictures to see more.
Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative Arts
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. Classes or retreat experiences may be one-day,
weekend or week-long events, and may include overnight dormitory accommodations.
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 visit Maureen
Carlson's Center for Creative Arts.