Ashland Artisan Emporium

Featured Vendor of the Month: Uma Rose Pottery

This month we welcomed several amazing new vendors! Allow us to introduce Uma Rose Pottery; Art Inspired by Nature.

Uma Rose was born in Southern Michigan, graduating as a 4 year student from Interlochen Arts Academy, where her love for ceramics blossomed. Surrounded by the beautiful wilderness of Northern Michigan inspired her to create the images of animals, birds, and flowers that adorn her cups, bowls, platters, vases, and garden art.

She continued at Albion College as an art major to focus on working with clay, primarily in the form of hand built pieces using various methods of firing. Once out of college and after 20 years of oil painting and being a florist, Uma returned to working with clay at the Ashland Art Center in Oregon. WIth the help of other seasoned potters, Uma learned how to create the highly textured surfaces of her pieces ,working with various glazes and the magic of wax-resist when trying to preserve the images. Uma worked and sold her pottery at the Ashland Art Center for many years.

Unfortunately, due the pandemic the art center was forced to shut down. There are resources in the area that provide clay and kiln firings, and many of the artists from the art center can continue to create their wonderful clay creations Uma is currently showing her pottery at the Ashland Artisan Emporium, booth 623.

Please come in and visit her beautiful booth. Amidst the fire devastation and the pandemic fear, we hope to be a place of joy and happiness! Stay well friends!

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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