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Featured Artist

November 2019

Shelia Litke, from Blue Creek Pottery, has featured her pottery at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center gift shop for a couple of years now. We enjoy describing to visitors how she makes a variety of pieces, using real burned-on bison hair, each with its own unique squiggly pattern.

Each pot is bisque fired and later the bisque is heated in the kiln and the bison hair is laid against the hot surface. The hair attaches itself to the hot pot and begins to burn. As the ash forms, a small deposit of carbon is absorbed into the clay surface, leaving a permanent trace of the bison hair.

Catch up with Shelia on Facebook at Blue Creek Pottery or stop into the Crimson Crown Gift Shop and Hornady Art Gallery inside our Nature & Visitor Center to view and/or purchase one of her beautiful products for your own space or as a gift for the upcoming holidays.



October 2019

It took Kathy Chase five years, thousands of miles and more than one unexpected adventure to create her collection of prints, calendars, cards, magnets, ornaments and postcards. New to the Nature & Visitor Center gift shop this year, Kathy’s products have created quite the buzz.

Visitor’s often remark on how they recognize many of the barns featured in Kathy’s products, sometimes from places in Nebraska they have visited and sometimes warmly remembered from their hometowns.

Catch up with Kathy on Facebook at Days Gone by Photography by Kathy