Welcome to the Studios @ Chautauqua Lane

The Studios

The Studios @ Chautauqua Lane is a creative space at #155 Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE in Minneapolis, that welcomes anyone interested in finding kindred artistic spirits and a place to create.

We have working space for three artists-in-residence and two gallery artists. We cover a variety of media and styles, from landscape photography to one of a kind jewelry and fiber art.

  • Heather Tinkham is a fiber and mixed media artist whose work spans story cloths, figurative sculpture, and jewelry.
  • Andy Tinkham is an award-winning photographer who joined us in the summer of 2016. His focus is on night sky, Northshore, and urban landscape photography printed on metal.
  • Kim Buell has extensive experience in jewelry using her custom Polymer pieces; she is also an owner at The Art Shoppe in the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.
  • Joan Kloiber is a fiber artist with wonderful felted work who began as a guest artists in the fall of 2016 and we are delighted that she has chosen to stay on.
  • Susan W. Carlson does wonderfully detailed abstract drawings, paintings, and pen and ink designs. She joined us as a guest artists in July 2017 and has chosen to stay as a permanent display artists.

Guest Artists:

  • Jan Geisen will be one of our guest artists for April – June 2018 with her wonderful polymer jewelry and small photographs.
  • Ellen Starr is one of our previous guest artists, who joined us with her magical and intricate paintings, luminaries, and more for April – June 2017.


We offer Beginner to Expert classes and one-on-one mentoring in Polymer Clay, jewelry / wire work, and Creative Voice work. Contact us at classes@chautauqualane.com. to inquire about setting up a session or to learn more about what we offer.


Resource Center

The Studios @ Chautauqua Lane is also a resource for information on the history and evolution of polymer as an artistic medium. We have close, long-standing ties to the Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota and host Clay Play and demonstration events with the Guild.


The Chautauqua Connection

In keeping with the Chautauqua concept, we are committed to life long learning that spans multiple creative disciplines and to growing and sharing our understanding of the world around us. Heather spent many summers when she was growing up at Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY, studying a wide variety of things from ceramics to philosophy and current innovations in science and technology. It is a place that incorporates gorgeous Victorian architecture, lakeside living, intellectual, spiritual, and creative opportunities during the summer season. To spend a week there is to step outside of your normal hectic life and find the space to breathe deeply, reflect and learn of things that are critical to our lives yet so often neglected.