The Maureen Carlson Studio
Wee Folk Creations
Office and Workshop
Located at the edge of Sand Creek
in historic Jordan, Minnesota
ON THE BANKS OF SAND CREEK
Enter the world of
teacher, designer, Storyclay Teller, spiritual director and
retreat facilitator, Maureen Carlson.
For 40 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.
From 1998 until 2015, 102 Water Street in Jordan, MN, USA
was the location for Maureen Carlson's Center for Creative
Arts. In 2016 the Center closed and the building morphed
into The Maureen Carlson Studio and the Wee Folk
office, as well as home base for the Carlson family.
Now that there is no longer a dormitory or Maureen
Carlson's Center for Creative Arts as a drop-in Creative
Center, it's a little harder to share the adventure, but
Maureen says that they are working on it!
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Morning Glories in August
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.
The building became 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, which
continued until December or 2015, at which time it closed.
Today, in 2018, the building is the home base for the Maureen
Carlson Studio as well as for Wee Folk Creations, which
is the polymer clay design, mail order and web business of Maureen and Dan
A Walk Through the Gardens at Maureen's
A Winter View out the Classroom Door
The two photos, below, were
taken at Mill Pond Park, 3 blocks south of Maureen's in Jordan,
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
the Maureen Carlson Studio
102 Water Street
Jordan, MN 55352
Home office: 952-447-3828