Meet Our Instructors
James Crowell began making knives in Mt. View, AR in 1980 and is a past Ozark Folk Center State Park Resident Blacksmith and Knife maker. He earned the distinction of Master Bladesmith from the American Bladesmith Society in 1986 and was certified as the first, non-founding father, Instructor for the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) that same year.
Jim is a long time faculty member of The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing at Texarkana College and teaches all over the country at seminars and “Hammer-Ins”. He has won many awards including the first American Bladesmith Society Bill Moran Knife of the Year, the Blade Magazine Best Forged Knife and was the winner of numerous American Bladesmith Society Cutting Competitions. Jim has demonstrated at many symposiums and Hammer-Ins including the Scagle in Michigan, Batson Bladesmith Symposium in Alabama and the Haywood College in NC. He was the featured demonstrator for the North Texas Blacksmiths Association April 2010.
He has made knives for people all over the world. Jim was recently inducted into the ABS Hall of Fame!
Find more information at www.crowellknives.com
David and Becki Dahlstedt
Potters David and Becki Dahlstedt came to Mountain View via separate paths which converged in 1984 at the Ozark Folk Center where David had been the potter for 6 years. Together they continued to demonstrate pottery at the Folk Center for 12 years before establishing a studio in Mountain View. Combining their talents, skills, and interests, the Dahlstedts have established a full time pottery business, producing an extensive line of functional pottery, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces.
David makes both functional and decorative pots. An elaborate teapot can make an artistic statement and still be used to steep and pour tea. David’s work has been included in many regional shows and is sold in galleries throughout the state. Becki makes pots as well but spends most of her time glazing the couple’s work using multiple glaze application techniques to achieve their trademark blended earth tones.
David is the potter-in-residence at the Arkansas Craft School and teaches spring and fall classes at the school’s studio located in downtown Mountain View.
Find more information at Dahlstedt Pottery
Tom and Sage Holland
Tom and Sage Holland are two of a handful of early American Glass Bead Makers who have been working with the medium since the late 1980’s. Sage began on the west coast of Washington state, while Tom got his start here in Arkansas. They met at an international Bead conference in Washington D.C. and eventually, decided to join studios and get married.
Ever since then they’ve been trying to balance working on their art, teaching workshops, writing on glass bead history, building a house, farming, and being a part of the community of Mountain View.
Tom and Sage have taught workshops all over the world: on the Italian Island of Murano, in Hamburg, and Istanbul, as well as in the States.
Find more information at Holland Beads
Each day, the splendor of Izard County and its natural surroundings draws Ed Alexander’s attention as he works to capture its beauty on film. From his studio atop Wildcat Mountain, Ed’s photos tell a story of the rugged and sometimes delicate beauty of Arkansas. Images of dramatic vistas and intimate wildlife scenes contrast with photos recording the subtle changes of light and shadow on delicate leaves and flowers that appear in his work.
Ed comments: "I, like so many, can easily get caught up in the grandeur of nature: vast sunsets or sweeping views. Often, however, the real beauty is in the smallest detail: a single leaf, water drops on petals. If I can take a picture that captures the joy that nature gives me, and with that image, express it to another, then I have accomplished my goal."
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Bob Patrick is a master Blacksmith. He graduated from the Midwest Ferrier School, was Head Blacksmith at Hale Farm and Village, opened Big Anvil Forge, and established Big Anvil Forge School of Blacksmithing. He was three times selected Master Blacksmith for the State of Missouri and is a founding member of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM). He presented demonstrations at the Frontier Folklife Festivals, 3 ABANA conferences, CanIron, and he taught at John C. Campbell and Ozark School of Blacksmithing.
Bob Patrick lives and works in the beautiful rural area of Everton, AR. The nearest motels and food are 15-25 miles away. So he offers the rare chance to not only work in his personal studio, but to stay in his home. Bob’s wife, Mary, is also an artist and her mosaics cover the exterior walls of their house, creating a magical environment.
Find more information at Heritage Springs Forge
Thomas Dunn has been turning wood for over 20 years and perfecting his skill making segmented bowls for 10 years. Always pushing himself to take his craft higher, Tom is a life long learner, trying something new and more challenging each year. He is a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild and shows his work throughout Arkansas.
Linda Rawlings was born and raised in New York City, studying art at the Art Students League and the Museum of Modern Art beginning at age 14. She received a Studio Art degree with a minor in Art History and teaching certification at Marymount Manhattan College, then studied photography at St. John’s University. She continued her photographic studies at Universities and in workshops, as well as by working with Pulitzer Prize winning photographers Jay Dickman and Skeeter Hagler and National Geographic photographer Ann Day. She has maintained a strong interest in printmaking over the years, and has taught art and photography for 21 years. Her work has been exhibited across the U. S. Linda currently resides along the beautiful White River where she is inspired daily by its pristine natural beauty and rich history.
Beads and More is a jewelry supply store owned by instructor, Pat Judd. Located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the store provides not only supplies needed for crafting jewelry, but also provides instruction. Pat's training experience includes classes in silversmithing, copper forming, enameling, intrasia (a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors), gemstone lapidary (cabochon forming), precious metal clays, and wire sculpting and wrapping.
A lover of hand crafted jewelry, Pam Papich is an instructor at Beads and More in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In college she took a silversmithing class and, "...never looked back!" She has studied enameling at W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation and, at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, she learned intarsia. She has learned wire weaving and jewelry fabrication and enjoys merging all of these skills in jewelry fabrication.
Lane Berg is the K - 12 art instructor at Timbo Schools and has just completed his second year at the school. Lane has a masters degree in Art Education from Delta State in Mississippi. Lane specializes in broadening the knowledge and experience of “hands on” art and teaches his students about the cultures of different crafts as well as the crafts themselves. “I love teaching because I love learning,” states Lane. “For many students, art is their favorite class because they are excited to handle the art materials.”.
Mary Patrick has been a crafter of baskets, mosaics and other arts since 1984. She has taught her crafts through Extension Homemakers Services, schools and colleges. She lives in Everton, Arkansas with her husband, blacksmith Robert Patrick.Their home studios are definitely "off the beaten path", thus the Patricks offer room and board for a small additional fee. The "board" involves delicious meals provided in a beautiful rural setting filled with arts and crafts created by the two.