The Carroll County Artists’ Studio Tour is a long-standing Carroll County tradition in its 38th year in 2022. Follow our self guided tour to find studios and galleries in every corner of Carroll County. These “hidden gem” artisans provide a wide variety of medium and styles for you to enjoy with family and friends. Many will be demonstrating and all will be happy to answer questions about their work, workshops and tools. Learn more about this year’s artists below.
3300 Whippoorwill Dr., Taneytown
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Doug’s Turnings | Stop 1a
Doug Heck | 410-259-6406
I am a self-taught Carroll County wood turner, enjoying the beautiful wood that God has given us. He puts the beauty in – I get to show it off. I began turning wood in 2004, finding that wood-turning was to become my new passion. Most of the wood I turn is from the Maryland area and from trees that must come down or have already fallen. It’s hard for me to see a fallen tree on the side of the road and not imagine what could be created from that wood. I cut and haul most of the wood that I use. I also turn most of it green, meaning while the wood is still wet, which is a whole process in itself.
I find relaxation in the craft. I also enjoy reading books on the topic and researching techniques others have used that help tackle the many challenges involved in turning wood.
I reside in Carroll County, Maryland, with my wife Susie. When I am not wood-turning, I enjoy beekeeping.
Guest Artist: John Long | Stop #1B
Painter/Pen + ink | 443-244-3486
Selmer Ironworks | Stop 2
Jacob Selmer | 240-457-2102
Jacob has over 20 years of blacksmithing and metalworking experience. Many of the products at Selmer Ironworks are inspired by historic themes. Modern tools and antique machines are used to make traditional styles of metalwork that originally required multiple people to create and assemble.
Jacob also teaches blacksmithing classes and is active with the Blacksmith Guild of Central MD (BGCM) at the Carroll County Farm Museum. He has created a line of metalworking tooling for sale to others starting out in the craft. Selmer Ironworks has recently moved from Keymar to Harney, MD. At this new, larger location the plan is to offer additional classes and metalwork to the local community.
As an engineer, Jacob studies the history of technology and manufacturing to drive ideas for new designs.
Three Ring Jewelry | Stop 2a
Kelly and Gary Hollenbaugh | 410-917-0450
We are a husband and wife team who discovered an affinity for metalwork in our forge and in our jewelry studio. We like to say we can’t hang wallpaper together but we collaborate on jewelry design and execution like two sides of a coin. Using raw as well as recycled silver, we often work in a series using similar gems or design elements, but all our pieces are made by hand, and therefore, no two are exactly the same.
We have lived in an old log house in Westminster, MD for over thirty years, raising three sons and many dogs and cats on an idyllic 3 1/2 acres with a pond. We specialize in hand-forged Sterling silver and Argentium silver jewelry with pearl, gemstone, bronze, and 14K accents.
Joanne Strehle Bast | Stop 2b
Joanne Strehle Bast | 717-873-1288
As a child, I did a lot of number paintings, but I never followed the lines, and embroidery kits, but I never read the instructions. When it came time for college, I believed I must put away childish things and study something serious. After pursuing several scientific degrees, I rediscovered stitchery as an art form.
I worked both flat and sculpturally, eventually moving into fiber jewelry. I became enamored with beads first to weight down fiber adornments and eventually as a medium in their own right. I found my background in manipulating sculptural forms in thread translated well into beadwork.
I have since also moved into knitting and felting and stitching. Whether working with beads, fabric or wool, my primary artistic focus is color and color shadings as well as shaping sculptural forms.
Old Line Artisans | Stop 2c
Dan Bodrogi | 443-280-9894
Dan is a lifelong woodworker and recently self-taught metalworker with an interest in furniture design. He has resided in Finksburg most of his life. Woodworking and art skills were instilled in him from a young age but it wasn’t until 2015 that he created his first furniture project, a dining table friends that is still a favorite motif on which many subsequent projects were based.
An interest in antique machinery design inspired Dan to learn metalwork in order to bring new life to retired metal and expand his art’s possibilities. His pieces bring out the natural beauty of the various woods and the antique industrial designs that are no longer commonplace. He is new to the Carroll County Studio Tour in 2022.
Guest Artist: Thistledown Farm Pottery | Stop 2e
Laura C. Wailes | Clayhouse86@gmail.com | 443-929-0561
Toll House Studio
955 Baust Church Road, Union Bridge
Toll House Studio | Stop 3
Linda Van Hart | 443-340-0955
Linda Van Hart sculpts botanical portraits. Rather than gems, surface texture and form are the focus. The scale of the work is dramatic but the fluidity of diminished diameter forging and undulating surfaces lend a rhythmic grace to the body adornment. In business and teaching metalsmithing for over 30 years, Linda’s nature inspired work is easily recognizable.
Bent, Wrapped and Hammered | Stop 3a
Max Groft | 410-861-0629
The original core intent of Bent Wrapped and Hammered was as an outlet for some young jewelry students to expand beyond the classroom studio to present their work for exhibition and sale. A few of the founding artists have moved on to start their own businesses and Bent Wrapped and Hammered continues under the ownership of Max Groft, one of the founding artists.
Working in the classroom as well as on her own business has facilitated the exploration of a wide range of tools, techniques, media and genres. Max not only had the privilege of studying under her mentor, renowned artist Linda Van Hart, but has long worked her craft to discover her own vision and unique style.
Max’s work is deeply rooted in Nature and World Culture. Evidence that she enjoys studying Japanese language and culture is routinely found in her works featuring kanji, sakura blossoms and designs inspired by torii gates. In Max’s displays you will find distinctive earrings, exquisite pendants and bracelets, and a variety of other unique items. The mix of metals and gems come in all varieties, colors and textures, but the artistry, craftsmanship and design are singularly Max.
Guest Artist: Hats by Tatiana | Stop 3b
Tatiana Rakhmanina | email@example.com
Magnolia House Studios
3438 Littlestown Pike, Westminster
Magnolia House Studios | Stop 4
Jaqui MacMillan | 410-346-6884
After moving to Union Mills, she opened Magnolia House Studios, an art studio and shop where she creates and sells prints of her paintings along with her polymer clay creations. Jaqui became a Certified Zentangle® Teacher, (CZT), in 2016. She has been teaching Zentangle® classes and workshops on polymer clay techniques at her studio and various locations in Maryland and Washington DC.
Jaqui is also an award winning percussionist who specializes in West African drumming. Her studio includes a music room with hundreds of drums and percussion instruments. The shop at Magnolia House specializes in “new age” products along with local art. Jaqui believes in the healing power of art and music.
916 Silver Run Valley Road, Westminster, MD
Tom’s Cabin | Stop 5
Tom Berry | 443-789-1775
I was born in Salisbury, Maryland to parents who were both creative and artistic. My father’s love of water-foul-carving was the inspiration for my passion of wood-working.
After graduating from Millersville State College, I located to Carroll county in the fall of 1981 to teach Industrial Arts.
In the summer of 1990, I built my home in Silver Run. I have always enjoyed building, restoring and repurposing. Searching for old lumber, hardware and glass, I enjoy creating a variety of objects that are unique and functional.
My store, Tom’s Cabin, is where I display and sell my creations as well as antiques, vintage items, and recycle Americana.
1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead, MD
Shiloh Pottery | Stop 6
Ken and Marty Hankins | 410-239-8888
I am Ken Hankins, owner of Shiloh Pottery, Inc., located on our family farm in Carroll County, Maryland. I would like to introduce you to what is happening at the pottery. Please visit our web site to learn about our farm and pottery. Shiloh Pottery was created in 1972 when my wife, Marty, and I returned to Maryland from graduate school at Alfred University in New York State.
Over the years we have made stoneware pots, run a potters’ supply business, made and sold kick wheels, and fired salt-glazed pots with gas or wood. We have attended many craft fairs and shows, taught classes of all kinds in our studio, schools and colleges, and run workshops with famous and talented potters, all the time raising 2 children, Matt and Meg. We have been part of the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour for all of its 15 years and then some!
1328 Gold Court, Sykesville
Rosebud Studios | Stop 7
Teri Koenig | 410-549-6317
“Painting is a passion…I can’t stop, its a quest to keep trying something new.”
My love for ceramics started as a small child in Carroll County. This passion eventually evolved into a local business.
At Rosebud Studios, everything we do is fired in a kiln. We do both high fire and low fire ceramics, as well as kiln fired glass painting. Our favorite type of work is overglaze paint on porcelain. This art form is full of techniques and kiln surprises. The artistic ideas are endless! Our goal is to create beautiful and functional art for your home.
In addition, I offer group and individual classes in and out of the studio. I have taught classes for home schooled children, scouts, and at the County Parks and Recreation Department. I have also taught in-house classes at local retirement communities. Contact me if you want to learn more about learning this process!
MudPi at Heron's Meadow Farm
1596 Daisy Rd., Woodbine, MD
MudPi at Heron’s Meadow Farm | Stop 8
Lori Baker | 410-499-8156
MudPi Studios was born from the creative passions of Lori Baker and is currently located at Heron’s Meadow Farm in Woodbine, MD. Heron’s Meadow Farm is Maryland’s first (and only) tea farm and is host to many inspirational views, wildlife, and MudPi teapots.
MudPi Studios pieces are created from stoneware and reflect Lori’s love of texture, color, and form. Lori experiments with hand-built and wheel thrown work and enjoys engineering new forms that draw on the simplicities and complexities of nature.
Visitors to the farm can sample some of our teas, shop for their new favorite mug from the mug tree, walk through herb gardens, or simply relax on the patio. Whether it’s a new tea to try or a new stoneware creation on display in the pottery studio, there is always something exciting happening at Heron’s Meadow Farm.
524 Bear Branch Road, Westminster, MD
Ashby’s Agates | Stop 9
Brian and Denise Ashby | 410-549-7461
Preserving an Ashby tradition of three generations, we are rockhounds. We maintain a lapidary and design shop where we transform precious stones and minerals into jewelry.
Many of the stones we like to work with are found in our annual travels to well documented collecting areas through the western US. Because camping in the desert is as much a part of the process as is running a rock saw or playing with wire, we have built a collection of material primarily based on where we like to go, so you’ll see a lot of things from Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Idaho. At our house, every rock has a story.
406 Muller Road, Westminster
Angel Locks Fiberworks | Stop 10
Angela Muller | 443-536-3480
Angela’s love of knitting and yarn led her to start raising sheep and spinning her own yarn. Angela loves creating unique yarns from her small flock. All of the wool used in her products are from her sheep or other small local farms.
Angel Locks Fiberworks at Greener Pastures Farm is a wool mill and studio that offers high quality wools for spinning, felting and yarn work. We process all of our wool right here at our studio into a variety of products.
935 Bloom Road, Westminster
Hill Farm | Stop 11 *CANCELLED*
Gwen Handler and Larry Fisher | 410-596-6096
Hill Farm is home to Norwegian Fjord Ponies, Leicester Longwool sheep, various birds, dogs, cats, and chickens. Products of the farm include yarn, fleece, roving, sheep skins, lambs, hand-woven blankets. Raising lambs, foals, puppies, chicks, ducks, and kittens are all wonderful experiences to be a part of. We find this lifestyle, not necessarily easy but always rewarding. I can’t think of a better place to raise a child. Being in touch with the land, the animals, and the seasons give life a true sense of purpose.
Homestead Forge 'N Wood
1843 Ridge Road, Westminster
Homestead Forge’n Wood | Stop 12
Reb Staup | 410-259-6392
Joseph C. “Reb” Staup is a native to Carroll County and grew up in Shipley, Maryland, just south of Westminster. He is also a veteran of the U. S. Airforce and has enjoyed history and the ability to make something out of raw material for most of his life. In the year 2000, Reb had the opportunity to join a Civil War reenactment group and become part of the time period. After doing portrayals of dismounted cavalry, medical, and living history as General Fitzhugh Lee, he finally settled into the art of blacksmithing in 2004. Working with fire and hot iron to create historical pieces for the reenactment community as well as those who love historical items and the outdoors. He continues participating in the period festivals and reenactments from the 1730 pirates through to the Civil War. He has been head blacksmith for the 1797 Union Mills Shriver Homestead located in Union Mills, MD, just north of Westminster, MD since 2005.
In 2012, while blacksmithing at an event in Brunswick, MD, he met members of the Mid Maryland Wood Turners Club and found he enjoyed working with wood. This new-found passion included carving bowls and utensils as well as turning wood on mechanical and foot powered lathes. He decided to add his talent for woodturning to his thriving blacksmithing business. Reb began including and selling his hand-made wood products at the historical events that he attends and on his webpage homesteadforgenwood.com.
Not only enjoying demonstrating the old world trades and crafts at different venues and shows, he has taught classes at the Union Mills Homestead and Carroll County Farm museum. He has been a juried member of the Carroll Arts Centers Gallery of Gifts for many years as well as an Early American Life Craftsman in both metal and Wood for the Early American Life Magazine and other historical events.
Cat Track Studio
811 Rolling Ridge Drive, Westminster
Cat Tracks Studio | Stop 13
Carolyn Seabolt | 410-848-1452
My name is Carolyn Seabolt and I create my art work at Cat Tracks Studio. I am a native of Carroll County and hold a BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I have illustrated several children’s books and written articles for art education journals. I enjoy teaching and sharing a variety of different art techniques with students of all ages. If you are interested in classes please let me know.
I work in a variety of media, my favorites being handmade paper, ceramics, silk painting and batik. I also work with watercolor and create 1800’s style tinsel paintings My silk paintings, silk and tinsel paintings, and batiks can be found framed and also in wearable works of art. Most of my work has a feline theme, and because of the many gardens that surround the studio you will also find a lot of flora in my work.
NOTE: During the studio tour you can meet the characters of my books in person and take a photo using our selfie frame to remember the visit!
Sharon Schaeffer Basketry | Stop 13a
Sharon Schaeffer | 410-967-4482
Sharon Schaeffer is a Westminster artist, teacher, and basketmaker. Her baskets reflect a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, techniques, and materials. Reed, ash, oak, pine needles, gourds, seagrass, beads, and found objects are used in Schaeffer’s handmade vessels.
Gribbs Gallery and Studio
208 Main Street, New Windsor
NOTE: Gallery is in the alley behind the house
Gribbs Gallery and Studio | Stop 14
Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon | 443-536-9198
The Gribbs Gallery is a brand new gallery space in New Windsor and the studio of Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon, a painter and mixed media artist who is just now embarking on the full time creation of her artistic vision. She is inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Carroll County and the architecture of the historic homes in New Windsor that drew Sharon and her husband to settle down there back in the ‘90’s. Her love of the surrounding land can be seen in her paintings and mosaics, and her exploration of artistic and recycled materials can be seen in her abstract, mixed media pieces.
Sharon earned her BFA from Salisbury University and her MAT from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She then taught Drawing at SU and a variety of classes at the MICA Young People’s Studios for ten years while also beginning her full time career as an art teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System where she has taught for the past 30 years.
Do Martian’s Recycle is the name of a book written and illustrated by Sharon and inspired by artistic endeavors between her and her son. She also illustrated a book by Dr. Mel Gilley entitled Sam and the Sad Dinosaur.