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Glorious Hugs sells personalized care packages with original art


Isaac Theobald

Mary MacCarthy

In the Fall of 2012, I set out towards a chemistry degree at Anoka Ramsey Community College. However, an obstacle stood in my way. Before ever seeing the inside of a chemistry lab, I walked into the glass blowing studio and changed my direction permanently.

Ever since then, I have been striving to make work that accurately represents life around me, attempting to represent movement and animation in my sculptural work. In my work with vessels, I try to meld traditional techniques and shapes with modern designs. 

I also enjoy playing with light. I’ve made a number of pieces that are designed specifically to refract light in certain ways, rather than be viewed by themselves. 

I hope you enjoy my work.

Guillermo Cuellar

Mary MacCarthy

Guillermo Cuellar is a potter who grew up in Venezuela and now lives and works in Shafer, MN. He received his BA in Art, French and Geology from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, in 1976 and has participated in numerous workshops, including summer workshops with Warren Mackenzie (1981-2006). He has been self-employed as a studio potter since 1980.

Guillermo’s experience as a wilderness guide in Venezuela led him to appreciate the love, enjoyment and respect felt by the native people of Venezuela for their handmade pots, baskets, hammocks and dugouts. The entwining of their creativity and daily life remains an enduring inspiration and fuels his goal to create useful everyday objects that remind us of the joy in beauty and creativity. Guillermo’s work has been exhibited widely across the U.S. and in Venezuela. He was invited to be a host studio on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour in 2010 and was featured on the TPT series Minnesota Original in 2012. He has been the recipient of an ECAC/McKnight Individual Artist grant (2011) and two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants (2006 and 2012). Find Guillermo’s work at and in fine galleries.

Erika Rae

Mary MacCarthy

Erika Rae is a watercolor artist originally from Stillwater, Minnesota and now living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She designed the Glorious Hugs visual branding from the beautiful box to the font selection. Besides being a freelance artist, she’s also a wedding officiant. Erika graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota with a degree in Art History and Studio Arts then studied Women’s Studies at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She’s been a member of the glorious One Voice choir for nearly ten years. Erika can be reached at

Phyllis Ballata

Mary MacCarthy

Phyllis Ballata of White Bear Lake, MN, is a poet and a retired English professor, choral conductor and green business owner. Her BA (1968) from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, is in vocal music, conducting and education; and her MA (1972) from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, is in English and American Literature.

Before retiring, Phyllis was Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year (2012), and Century College English department chair and faculty leader. The Nest, a green store, reflected her interests in nature, science, ethics, and community-building. Her love of writing has followed many paths: for example, Writing from Life: Collecting and Connecting (1997, reading/writing/thinking); Living As Though There is a Tomorrow: Creating the Future by Choice Using Reason, Duty, Love, and Belief (2008, ethics); weekly meditations and educational curriculum; as well as a life-long love of multi-layered poetry. Her rustic retreat at The Woods’ House is a setting for reading, writing, meditating, and family fun. She may be reached at

Lara Cornell

Mary MacCarthy

Lara Cornell is a mixed media artist. She was born and raised in Northfield, Minnesota. After living, traveling, teaching and studying internationally she graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota in French language, English literature, and Secondary Education. In 2014, she turned to painting for a creative outlet from the stresses of daily life and the flood gates opened.

Lara’s style is Soulful Expressionism; painting bright colors, mixing medias, using original photography, lettering words of love and encouragement, and often focusing around her love of beauty, nature and kindness. A published painter, photographer and life-long crafter, Lara lets her intuition be her guide when creating new art, products and classes. Her art, photography and line of yoga products can be found in shops and galleries around the world, as well as online in her Etsy shop and on Society6.

For 2015-16, Lara plans to start teaching workshops encompassing her yoga therapy and meditation training, her flower essence practitioner training, and intuitive art style. She also plans to start working on her own book. Lara’s art can be found at, in fine shops, and on Facebook.

Linda Clayton

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Linda Clayton currently works full time as an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is mostly self taught and exhibits her work at a variety of shows and galleries in the area.

Artist’s Statement
My artwork is whimsical, bright, and sometimes a bit surreal. My paintings begin as a rough sketch; a thought or image that through application of oil paints, they slowly morph into what they intended to become. Each piece is then sealed with varnish and all are done on canvas.

My work is defined by a foundation of vibrant colors and textures. Often, the colors are chosen even before the subject or composition. Ideas enter my head and buzz around, gathering momentum and volume until they can no longer be quieted. I have no choice but to immerse myself in music and bring my paintings to life. I find inspiration everywhere and in everyday. I am lucky to have kept the rose colored glasses of childhood that allow me to still see the dazzling wonder in this world and I endeavor to let this shine through in my work.

The purpose of my work is very simple. I hope that when looking at my paintings, viewers can steal a bit of laughter or find a camaraderie in the midst of a typically high-stress, fast paced world. Learn more about her at or on facebook.

Trish Gardiner

Mary MacCarthy

Over the years, Trish Gardiner has studied with world-renowned master glass teachers from Ireland and Czech Republic as well as teachers from New York and Oregon. She is a member and regular contributor to international fused glass forums. Her glass art can be found in Uptown Minnesota at the Mall of America, local businesses, client’s homes and at events for the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota. In 2014 several pieces of her work were selected for an international gallery show of artists in Ajijic, Jalisco. 

Trish resides in the Twin Cities where she teaches kiln formed glass classes in her studio and in the community. She enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, diving, and recently completed 100-mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe, CA to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Marjorie Wade

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Marjorie Wade of Stillwater, MN, is a studio potter working with stoneware, porcelain and earthenware clays. She earned degrees in psychology and sociology from St. Cloud MN State University in 1978. She began her formal studies of ceramics in 1998 and has taken numerous clay classes, programs and workshops including extensive studies in ceramics at the Northern Clay Center and the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. She managed the pottery studio and taught ceramics at The Phipps Center for the Arts from 2001-2010.

Marj creates pottery for everyday use and embraces simplicity in each piece. Her work is inspired and influenced by the pottery and artifacts from primitive cultures, particularly those of Africa and prehistoric Japan. She finds that it is by incorporating the textural elements and qualities from these traditions that allows aspects of these cultures to be part of the world today. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, including Pots & Prints, ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN (2014); Grounded in Wisconsin, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee WI (2014); and Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Woodfired Ceramics, Baltimore MC. Find her work at, on Facebook and in fine galleries.

Zac Spates

Mary MacCarthy

Zac Spates of Hudson, WI, is a potter/ceramicist. He received his BA in Studio Arts (Summa Cum Laude) from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, in 2003. He was an assistant to Richard Bresnahan in Saint John’s Pottery from 2000-2003 and then was an apprentice at Mark Hewitt Pottery, Pittsboro, NC, from 2003-2006.

Zac fires his pottery in a wood kiln, using both deadfall from the Hudson area and scraps from sawmills. He lived in Colorado for a brief time after his apprenticeship and since then he’s been interested in combining his forms with cut vessels to resemble the rocks of those mountains. Zac’s work has been exhibited most recently at Strictly Functional Pottery National (National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster, PA, 2013); Zac Spates: Recent Works (Solo Exhibition, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, 2012), and Artist of the Month (Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2012). Find Zac’s work at, on Facebook and in fine galleries.