2018 - Signature Artist: Layl McDill

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Layl McDill 

Artist Statement

Remember that feeling when you went to a museum and saw all the mysterious old tools from ancient worlds laid out in row after row?   Or maybe you got a peek inside some broken electronic and saw all those circuits. Then there are all the times when something mysterious about nature is explained and still you just can’t hardly believe it. The word that comes closest to describing that fantastic feeling that drives you to pursue more knowledge and fills you with joy is “wonder”.

I use wonderment as a mechanism to show the things we live with every day in a new perspective, like the green hills you drive by every day or the laundry hanging on the line. When you are surrounded by my polymer clay sculptures it is as if you are seeing the world through a patterned lense where the mundane is much more precious and mysterious.

My technique and materials are also very mysterious. I use primarily polymer clay with the ancient technique of millefiori. Tiny images that cover every surface of my sculptures inevitably make the viewer wonder “How did she do that?” And even though I have been doing it for more than twenty years it still seems amazing that I can create a tiny picture inside a chunk of clay.

I have spent my artistic career rendering versions of the world we live in into windows of wonderment. With my most recent work I hope to tingle the viewer's imagination towards opening their mind to seeing something in a new perspective. In one of my recent pieces “The Root of the Problem” a tree grows above a bulb of roots filled with antique mirrors. “Air Celebration” is a joyful piece that makes you think about our most precious invisible necessity. Both pieces speak of awareness or even possibly give a subtle nudge towards activism to change our impact on the earth.

Viewers are drawn to the magic and wonder of my work. They will be not only fascinated by the technique but presented with some thoughts about ways to look at the world we live in and given their daily dose of wonderment.

About the Artwork

Once upon a time each of us was a little kid. Everything was nonsense. We wondered about everything. We wondered what was in the cupboard, the drawers, and boxes. For me making my art helps me keep this magical doorway to wonderment open.

My technique and materials are also very mysterious and magical. I create millefiore canes from colored clay which is layered and stretched then sliced to reveal tiny images in the clay. These slices and the scraps that come out of the process become the building blocks for my sculptures.

My polymer clay pieces are inspired purely out of playfulness and serendipity. When I make my teapots I often start with the shape of the teapot and wait to see what it tells me it wants to be. Then as I add clay the piece comes to life. I always hope to create something that no one has seen before that can also encourage viewers to see magic in their everyday life.

2018 Exhibiting Artists

 
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Layl McDill
Minneapolis, MN
Booth 110
 
 
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Gary Allen
Omaha, NE
garyallenonline.com
Booth 78
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Randy Birocci
Hinton, IA
Booth 27
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Darrel Bowman
Bangor, WI
Booth 43
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Sarah Butler
St. Joseph, MO
SarahButlerArts.blogspot.com
Booth 15
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Melissa Carroll
Pierpont, SD
Booth 32
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Jen Clover
Waukee, IA
Www.designsbyjclover.com
Booth 95-96
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Frank Costanzo
Ralston, NE
frankcostanzopopart.com
Booth 47
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Doug Cummelin
Bloomington, MN
www.dougcummelinphotography.com
Booth 21
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Daniel Cunningham
Sioux City, IA
Booth 25
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Kirk Decker
Lawson, MO
www.kirkdecker.com
Booth 46
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Paul Elwell
Sartell, MN
www.customfilletknives.com
Booth 3
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Pat Falk
Owatonna, MN
www.patfalkartist.com
Booth 1
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Vickie Flores
Marquette, KS
www.bisonbeads.com
Booth 28
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George Garrett
Omaha, NE
Booth 48
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Victoria Gauerke
Topeka, KS
Booth 71
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Rick Graves
Spring Green, WI
www.aBoBoBook.com
Booth 5
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RoseAnn Gussy
Roselle, IL
Booth 2
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Robert Hale
North Branch, MN
Booth 66
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Bradley Hall
Granite Falls, MN
www.bradleyhallgallery.com/
Booth 62
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Barbara Hamberg
Albert Lea, MN
www.desertsnowdesigns.com
Booth 76
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Chaeli Hanna-Kohn
Sioux City, IA
potsychaeli.wix.com/shadygrovepottery
Booth 88
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Robin Hesselgesser
Elkhorn, NE
www.wallattire.com
Booth 51
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Darcy Horn
Northfield, MN
thejadedog.com
Booth 23
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Luke Hubbard
Ankeny, IA
Booth 86
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Carrie Hubert
Sioux City, IA
Booth 33
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Michael Huyck
Minneapolis, MN
Booth 94
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John Jannenga
Des Moines, IA
Booth 50
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Kendra Jennings
Junction City, KS
www.prairieskystudio.com
Booth 99
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Andrew Johnson
Kansas City, MO
thestitchmaestro.com
Booth 75
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Dennis Kagele
Ritzville, WA
www.TheRecycledSpoon.com
Booth 91
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Tyler King
Council Bluffs, IA
Booth 98
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Timothy Kobs
Trempealeau, WI
www.tkobs.com
Booth 18
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Ernest Koch
Fort Dodge, IA
Booth 72
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Daron Krueger
Sioux Falls, SD
www.daronkrueger.com
Booth 16-17
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Earlene Larson
Mission Hill, SD
recycledfiberbyearl.wikispaces.com
Booth 40
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Tom Lazar
Brookfield, WI
www.LazarArt.com
Booth 74
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Benjamin Leatham
Northfield, MN
www.cannonriverbowl.com
Booth 22
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Sara Letsch
Boone, IA
www.nymphglassjewelry.com
Booth 80
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Kiara Linda
Safety Harbor, FL

Booth 101
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Rebecca Livingston
Huntsville, AR
www.rebeccalivingstonpottery.com
Booth 19-20
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Gregory Mcdonald
Council Bluffs, IA
www.santaman2000.com
Booth 30
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Debbie Martin
Lincoln, NE
Booth 65
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Layl McDill
Minneapolis, MN
www.laylmcdill.com
Booth 110
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Allison & Jonathan Metzger
Duluth, MN
www.midnightoilstudioworkshop.com
Booth 41
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Greg Meyerdirk
Harris, IA
Booth 89-90
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Judith Miller
Clear Lake, IA
Booth 29
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Victoria Mountz
Phoenix, AZ
victoriamountz.com
Booth 34
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Joseph Murray
Jefferson, IA
Booth 12
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Randall Napier
Grafton, ND
www.NapierPhoto.com
Booth 59
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Ken Nelson
Maryville, MO
Booth 38
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Pamela Nelson
Sloan, IA
Booth 60
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Jay Nielson
Minneapolis, MN
jaynielsenjewelry.com
Booth 63
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Thomas Nye
Blaine, MN
Nyeglass.com
Booth 58
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Larry Ochsner
Glasgow, MT
www.lochsners.com
Booth 26
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Ina Ohnmeiss
Atlantic, IA
www.eagleartandphotography.com
Booth 92
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Gena Ollendieck
Cresco, IA
Booth 4
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Mark Pearson
Malvern, IA
Booth 35
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Sue Peoples
Owatonna, MN
www.peoplesbeaddreams.com
Booth 100
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Kate Qualley Peterson
Rogers, MN
www.onqdesigns.net
Booth 93
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Dave Reckhouse
Boscobel, WI
Booth 79
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Susie Rodriguez
Sioux City, IA
Booth 9
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Susan Roskens
N Mankato, MN
squareup.com/store/the-pressing-garden
Booth 57
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Laura Ross
Moorland, IA
Booth 87
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Wayne and Karen Ruff
Bennington, NE
Booth 44
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Ruben Ruiz
Huxley, IA
Booth 49
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Ann Rutar
Plattsmouth, NE
mistyseastudio.com
Booth 39
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Rose Rutherford
Omaha, NE
Booth 42
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Stephen Schroeder
Waconia, MN
schroeder-pottery.com
Booth 10
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Steve Schwiesow
Council Bluffs, IA
stephen-schwiesow.fineartamerica.com
Booth 84
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Thomas Siciliano
Eden Prairie, MN
Booth 14
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Cindy Skeie
Windsor Heights, IA
www.skeiescapes.com
Booth 70
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Ambrosia Slothower
South Sioux City, NE
www.ambrosia-jewelry.com
Booth 85
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Jamie Smisek
Minnetonka, MN
Dreamchimes.com
Booth 69
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Sharon Smith
Urbandale, IA
www.designsbyjoyfulheart.etsy.com
Booth 6
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Sue Soenen
New Hampton, IA
Booth 97
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Andrew Taeger
Iowa City, IA
Booth 36
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Albert Tanko
North Branch, MN
Booth 31
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John Tapager
Austin, MN
minnesotaironworks.etsy.com
Booth 68
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Terrie Thompson
Madison, WI
zatarajewelrydesigns.com
Booth 13
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Jacob Van Wyk
Ireton, IA
jakevanwyk.com
Booth 56
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Jim Vermeer
Humboldt, IA
www.vermeerglassart.com
Booth 54
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Leroy von Glan
Norfolk, NE
Booth 64
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Liz Walberg
Fargo, NE
www.clizzys.com
Booth 83
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Cheryl Wallace
Des Moines, IA
www.lockwoodjewelers.com
Booth 55
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Bob Walter
Moorison. OK
Booth 45
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Chun Wang
Shawnee, KS
chunwangstudio.com
Booth 81
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Mary Weisgram
Ames, IA
www.clayvisions.com
Booth 77
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Morgan Whitson
Columbia, MO
meowlady.com
Booth 37
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Kathy Winterburn
Oneill, NE
jkontherocks.com
Booth 73
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Rhonda Wittkop
Cherokee, IA
Booth 61
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AB Word
Kirby, WY
merglennstudios.com
Booth 11