Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm, 6322  113th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408
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New Wood Kiln at Khnemu
29th Annual Fall Tour of Studios Oct 6-7
Hello Studio Friends,

Wow...I can not believe Fall Tour of Studios is less than a month away.    This year I will be showcasing the new "Wood Kiln" that we recently built.   It is a beautiful site to see!   Last year I was gifted a large gas kiln in Detroit and brought the bricks to the farm.   Over the last year I researched and planned what I wanted to build.  
I have named her "Tatsu" which means female dragon in Japanese.   I can't wait for community firings, come to Fall Tour on Oct 6-7 and learn how you can participate!     

Click here for the Khnemu Studio brochure

It will be exciting to see my organic forms fired in a wood kiln.  

These pieces were fired in my solar powered kiln and are currently in the studio :)

3 LOCATIONS offering a connection to the artist & the land... Handmade & Locally Sourced * Fine Art & Fine Craft * Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits * Solar Powered Pottery Studio & Farm....all located in Fennville MI.  

Stay Warm!
Dawn Soltysiak

Member Studio of  www.bluecoastartists.com

  2018 Calendar of  Special Events  

29th Annual Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios
October 6-7, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
Locations: Khnemu Studio, Fernwood 1891,
and Root Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits

For the last 29 years the Blue Coast Artists have been delighting and educating the public with their annual Fall Tour of Studios. Viewers are invited once again to experience the creative process in action on Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018, 10 am - 6 pm.
See a piece of pottery form on the potters wheel, or a bird emerge from a piece of wood, watch trees come alive through brushstrokes or learn how a piece of pottery becomes glazed through the wood firing process.. These are just a few of the demonstrations that art lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy during the 29th Annual Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios.

This annual West Michigan autumn event is free of charge and offers a behind-the-scenes look into the studios of working artists. The 2018 tour includes eight working artists' studios located between South Haven and Saugatuck. Each site features original artwork, refreshments and most sites offer artist demonstrations. Artists at work, unique art abodes, and fall color makes this creative experience fun for the whole family.

The tour can be completed in one day and a tour map is available at each site or on the web at: www.bluecoastartists.com The 2018 Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour includes:

1) Blue Star Pottery (337 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven) The studio of Mark Williams features handmade stoneware. Bowls, pitchers, casseroles, teapots and platters are embossed with Mark's elegant textured designs, which he creates by uniquely combining the pottery techniques of textured slab and throwing on the pottery wheel. Mark will open a new kiln load of his work daily on tour weekend.

2) Aspen Glenn Studio (1355 Wildflower Ln., Glenn) Nestled in the shade of a grove of Aspen trees, this pottery studio adjoins the Dietrich home and garden. Ellie works in stoneware and porcelain and creates both functional and sculptural work. Her current passion is working with large hand-rolled slabs of clay, forming simple but organic and architectural shapes. Come walk the fall garden and see innovative ways for using pottery vessels.

3) Blue Star Studio of Wood and Glass (1684 Blue Star Hwy, Fennville aka Adams Rd or 68th) Artist Barb Hogarth's work includes stained, blown, and fused glass, as well as Shaker boxes, fanbirds, turned wood, veneer work, and turned bangle bracelets. She will be demonstrating the techniques used to create a hand carved fanbird out of one piece of wood.

4) Stantall Studio (6691 120th, Fennville) Stantall Studio is home to artist Kathy Stanton. She works in several mediums including oil paints, digital imagery, jewelry, and creations using stones. All mediums involve elements of the Michigan landscape and bringing out the beauty in the world we see around us.

5) Peachbelt Studio & Gallery (SE corner of 63rd St & M89, Fennville) A historic red brick one-room school, remembered as the Peachbelt Schoolhouse ca.1867 serves as Dawn Stafford's year-round painting studio where she exhibits original oil paintings on linen, canvas, paper, and miniatures oils on wood. A selection of Dawn's original charcoal drawings on paper, encaustic (beeswax) paintings on wood, limited edition lithograph prints, and many gift cards are also available. During the Fall Tour weekend visitors may observe Dawn's drawings and paintings in progress, and guest artist Jill Lareaux will be exhibiting and sculpting figures out of raw clay.

6) Fernwood 1891 (120 E Main St, Fennville) A restored classic brownstone storefront in downtown Fennville is the satellite pottery studio of Khnemu Studio & cooperative studio location of various artists working in a variety of media. Artists will be demonstrating a mix of art forms throughout the weekend. Stop in for breakfast or lunch at our adjoining café, ROOT Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits

7) Brazilian Shack (6176 122nd, Fennville) Jewelry artist, Michele Clark gathers the naturally dropped feathers from peacocks and other birds at her colonial coffee plantation Fazenda Neuchatel in Brazil. She combines them with native seeds, semi-precious stones and petrified wood that originate in her native country. Michele also specializes in uniquely restored furniture and decorations.

8) Khnemu Studio LLC (6322 113th Ave., Fennville) Enjoy the fall harvest at this 1890's farm estate, complete with a restored barn which houses a contemporary pottery and fine craft gallery featuring over 20 Michigan ceramic artists. And the solar powered studio of potter Dawn Soltysiak. Dawn will have wheel throwing, and will be showcasing her newly built Manibigama wood firing kiln. The last living artist from Rookwood Pottery, 87 year old William Glass will be on site showcasing his current ceramic work. Farm fresh pumpkins and popcorn are also available.   

FennMagic Holiday Makers Market
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 23-25, Fri-Sun, 8:30am-7pm
Locations: Fernwood 1891 and Root Café,
Coffeehouse & Spirits
Take the hustle and bustle out of your holiday shopping
experience and shop Local over Thanksgiving weekend.
Fine art, fine craft, local and artisan foods. Enjoy artist
demonstrations, refreshments and live music. The annual
Khnemu Studio seconds and clearance sale will be offered
during this event.

****watch for other upcoming events like dinner theatre at Root, Trivia every Friday.    Atmospheric soda firing opportunities

Cafe. Coffeehouse & Spirits

Wow...we have been busy this summer.  Thank you for allowing us to grow and serve you!    This fall we will be adding sweet potato fries, fried cheese curds and fried veggies to the menu.   Plus hot Apple Cider for your Fall drive out to the countryside.

Our next dinner theater will be a Old Time Halloween Radio Suspense Performance.    Dress in a costume and get a free treat!

Sept 2018
Khnemu Studio

Apply for 2019!!!

2019 Pottery Intern applications now being accepted!
Details click here
(2018 intern application were delayed due to a long term applicant.  If you have applied for 2018, please reapply for 2019.  I didn't forget about you.  I only have limited space)

Khnemu Studio will now offer Studio Membership!!!!
If you are interested in having year around, open access to the studio.
Click Here for details


Did you know that we represent over 75 local artists?  We love that our gallery is filled with the best of local art and we appreciate your continued support.

If you are an artist that would like to be represented at Fernwood 1891 please feel free to contact me.  

Would like to learn how to get Khnemu Studio pottery studio membership by working at the gallery?

Would you like discounted consignment, for working in the gallery?  And be part of our passionate and creative team, I only have one place left for this opportunity which requires a commitment of one day a week, May-Oct

Contact Dawn

Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm

Khnemu Studio's Gallery has 
seasonal hours: 
Tues-Sun  10am-5pm.    
The working studio is open year around to classes and membership.

Working on more glaze tests for our already extensive glaze test library....come check out our library of 2,400 test tiles and learn about glaze making.

If you would like a group small scale workshop about our glaze library, please contact the studio for details and costs.

Fernwood Farm
barn painting
Grass fed. pasture raised Fernwood Farm beef will be available in December.  You must pre-order and place a deposit.

 We are selling 1/4 1/2 or full cows.   We will have 3 small available this year.   Plus one large cow going to all hamburger which we will sell by the lb.

The beef is sold @ $3 per lb, hanging weight, plus processing.  (if interested message me I will describe what this means if you do not know)

The hamburger will be sold at $6 lb.

Khnemu Studio LLC, 6322 113th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408 269-686-6343

Monday, July 30, 2018

Natural Resourses DNR

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Known for their rolling landscapes and 52 inland lakes, the Irish Hills – near Jackson, Michigan – draw people from all over the region. 
First-time visitors are pleased to discover three inviting outdoor destinations right in the heart of the Irish Hills. Located within just 5 miles of each other, three Michigan state parks – Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve, Hayes State Park and Cambridge Junction Historic State Park – are waiting to be explored. These parks offer experiences and amenities including a farmers market, birding hikes, a historic site, lush natural spaces, and so much more. All that's missing is you!

Watkins Lake photographer

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

This is Michigan's newest state park! Defined by its scenic lake, which inspires the serene setting the park is known for, Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve features a popular, 5-mile walking trail, excellent bird watching and gorgeous views that keep photographers coming back.
Hayes State Park beach

Hayes State Park

Located on the southern shore of Wamplers Lake, Hayes State Park attracts the most activity of these three destinations. It features a modern campground and is perfect for those who want to swim, boat, fish, hike and picnic. There also are opportunities for geocaching, metal detecting and much more.
farmers market

Cambridge Junction Historic State Park

A visit to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park feels like a walk back in time. The park is home to Walker Tavern Historic Site, a reconstructed 1840s barn, vintage baseball games, concerts, and a bustling, open-air farmers market every Sunday from Memorial Day through mid-October.

One more reason to explore this three-park destination...

Just 25 miles away, you'll find Lake Hudson Recreation Area near the Ohio border. Here you'll find a Designated Dark Sky Preserve, a rustic campground, a no-wake lake, a large swimming area, a boat launch, plenty of trails and a picnic shelter. The park also offers opportunities for hunting and fishing (especially muskie), geocaching, metal detecting and other outdoor recreation fun.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Khnemu Studio 2018

Happy New Year - We are planning for a great 2018
Khnemu Studio - Root Cafe - Fernwood 1891
Hello Studio Friends,

Welcome 2018!  The year I plan to organize many details and create new opportunities in this crazy life.  Thank you for your continued interest,and for allowing me to share my passions with you, especially through the building & growing the last few years.
Did you know we have 3 LOCATIONS?
offering a connection to the artist & the land
Handmade & Locally Sourced * Fine Art & Fine Craft * Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits * Solar Powered Pottery Studio & Farm....all located in Fennville MI.  

This newsletter is filled with info and a calendar of events for all locations, recipes and tips!   

Winter is production mug making time in the pottery studio, I usually make 2000-3000 custom mugs every winter.  I find the repetitive nature of production work allows me to think and organize. The last 5 years I have used the time to build additional locations, write grants, apply for licenses for liquor, etc.   2018...I am using this time to hopefully pull everything together and roll out ideas that I have been working on in the back part of my brain.  

Like the following idea:
We are excited to announce that Khnemu Studio will be offering pottery studio memberships...see details for information on this great opportunity for clay artists.

And Team TRIVIA nights at ROOT...see below.
The first order of 350 mugs is completed and delivered to Tripelroot in Zeeland, MI..they make some great brews!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or comments.   I always appreciate feedback, as we continue to grow.

Stay Warm!
Dawn Soltysiak

Member Studio of  www.bluecoastartists.com

Click on the links above if you would like additional details of these great organizations which we participate.

  2018 Calendar of  Special Events  
We are finalizing dates and details, but I wanted you to be able to start planning. 
Love Letters - Dinner theatre presented by Collywobbles Theatre Co hosted at Root  February 10th - Tickets $25 including $10 coupon toward dinner & drinks.

Dinner Theatre

Dinner Theatre

Khnemu Pit Firing Workshop - April 28th-29th
$100 per person.  Registration Required

Khnemu Raku Firing Workshop - May 19-20
$100 per person.  Registration Required

Khnemu - Cone 6 Glaze Making Workshop - June 9th
$75 per person. Registration Required.

Lakeshore Harvest Road Rally - July 28th

Wood Kiln Building Event - Aug

Using slips as glaze & Wood Kiln Firing Workshop

Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios - Oct 6-7
Goose Festival - Oct 13-14
Arts-n-Eats Tour - Oct 20-21

THANKGIVING Weekend Annual "Fennmagic Makers Market"  with seconds & clearance sale, with artist demonstrations and music. Nov 23-25


Cafe. Coffeehouse & Spirits

Grab a Latte' or a glass of wine and tour our connecting art gallery & artist studio Fernwood 1891.   
Cabin Fever?
Team TRIVIA is starting every Friday evening starting January 19th @ 7pm.     
Look for upcoming Sunday Team BINGO!

Click here to follow us on Facebook  for menu updates and other special events.

Root welcomes book clubs, knitters groups, and other creative groups to meet at our space.

A little winter drink to make to keep you warm:

Maple Old Fashioned


2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Dash of Angostura bitters

Orange peel (for garnish)

Mix whiskey, maple syrup, bitters, and 1 tsp. water in an old-fashioned glass until syrup is dissolved. Add a single large ice cube, then garnish with orange peel.