I am a wood fire potter living in St. Joseph, Minnesota using local/native clay . I draw inspiration from nature and my surroundings, incorporating them into the work. My specific interests lie in the raw clay, how its surface changes do to atmosphere, flame and ash to create a new form.
With more than 1,200 acres of private wilderness, El Rancho Mañana Campground makes an ideal place to calm the mind or find inspiration. It's also the perfect setting for cOMmon grounds Yoga and Music Festival. The event draws in some of the best yoga instructors and musicians in the midwest, along with countless others who stretch during yoga workshops in many different styles. Drum circles and other musical performances set the tone during these sessions, while Long Lake's beachfront often supplies the scenery.
Other activities take visitors out into the peaceful wilderness, where miles of biking and hiking trails weave through the trees. The grounds even accommodate horseback riding—provided visitors can bring a horse or summon one with enchanted apples. Of course, the communal activities remain the biggest draw. In addition to yoga and music, the festival brings in organic food vendors and runs kid-friendly activities such as yoga classes and painting.
The crew at Bella Soleil Tanning Spa helps clients keep their bodies bronzed year-round. They offer five levels of tanning beds, including standup and lie-down beds, all from makers such as SunDash and Ergoline. They also artistically don bodies with golden hues during Mystic spray tans, which contrast nicely against Bella Soleil’s specialty LED teeth-whitening system. Bella Soleil also carries quality products such as bronzer and moisturizer from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Antiques, books, home decor, and gently used name-brand clothing find a second life at Barker's More 4 Less, which is one of the largest stores of its kind in Central Minnesota. Most items of clothing are under $2, and most kids' items are under $1, and both locations offer a selection of donated men's and women's apparel, computers and other electronics, kitchenware, and household items.