Winding Road works with a number of talented Missouri crafters and artisans to fill our showroom floor, many local to the California area. Each of our crafters provide a unique style to the store, offering everything from hand-crafted barnwood furniture and accents, finished and painted new wood pieces, refinished furniture, age-distressed vintage fare, hand-thrown pottery, repurposed home accents, all-natural soaps and sundries, soy candles and melts, and lovely sewn pillows, receiving blankets, and baby gifts.
We are always on the lookout for new crafters. If you have a creative talent and are interested in learning more about consigning your products with Winding Road, please contact us!
Ann Grotjan Pottery
Ann Grotjan is a California, MO native and an accomplished potter. Some of Ann’s pottery is made with a specific function in mind while others are purely decorative or sculptural. Either way she tries to incorporate the beauty of nature in her work so others can appreciate that beauty as they use her pieces.
All of Ann’s pottery is lead free, food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe. She begins with stoneware clay that she forms by hand or throws on a potters’ wheel. Once the piece is made, she often uses elements from nature to decorate the piece, using a variety of techniques, such as: carving animals or plant into the surface of the wet clay, using actual leaves or flowers rolled into the surface of the moist clay, and hand sculpting, altering, sprigging of clay elements onto the wheel-thrown pieces.
After the pieces are decorated, they are slowly dried. Ann fires her pieces two times. The pottery is first bisque fired. After cooling, the pieces are ready for glazing. This is done by dipping, pouring or brushing. The carved or impressed elements are often wiped free of surrounding glaze, resulting in a contrast between the unglazed clay and the glazed designs. The pottery is then glaze fired to its maturing point of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.
We carry a good variety of Ann’s pottery in the store, with new pieces coming in often. Please take time to admire Ann’s work when you stop in and grab one her beautiful pieces as a gift for a friend or to yourself!
Daryl, Winding Road’s official “master of barnwood,” lives with his wife, Kristi, in rural Centertown, Missouri. Working out of the shop next to his house, Daryl creates a variety of masterful works from reclaimed wood and other materials. His 35+ years of construction and finish carpenter skills are evident in the pieces he builds. Now retired, Daryl has made quite a hobby out of crafting for the store. His passion lies in building large furniture items such as harvest table dining sets. However, Daryl leaves nothing to waste when it comes to barnwood and is very imaginative in his creations of tabletop trays, display ladders, crates, and benches. Daryl’s skill and amazing hand for woodworking has put his products at high demand both on the showroom floor, as he sells exclusively with Winding Road Gifts + Interiors.
Van booven creations
Jenn Van Booven is the designer responsible for the beautiful metal works of Van Booven Creations. Jenn creates high quality pieces, expertly designed and cut on a CNC Plasma machine. Winding Road carries a wonderful variety of her creations, and she is always adding new designs. Jenn is also available for custom work, specifically made to fit your space and style!
Dana Lee is a local California, Missouri artist who has been passionate about art since her childhood. While she enjoys many art media, from book binding to woodworking or watercolor, her current endeavor is oil painting. At the beginning of 2018, Dana named her business The Shared Studio. Her favorite subject to paint are landscapes and nature. She is always looking for beautiful places of inspiration and would love to be invited to paint the landscapes that you compare all others to.
These wall hangings are hand painted individually and framed by the artist. Amy draws inspiration from scripture and family by providing us with beautiful and original pieces you won’t be able to find anywhere else! Amy also hand-draws greeting cards for any occasion. Each card is individually crafted to perfection.
These unique pieces are designed and crafted by Terry Shaw. We have several pieces that include familiar prayers, sayings, funny quips, and vintage pictures. Due to the fact that each piece is designed by Terry himself, there is a true originality that you get when you display his work in your home. Each one is designed and then laser-cut into wood panels and framed.
Giddy-Up Soy Candles
Brenda Rehagen is the owner of Giddy-Up Soy Candles. She creates her scents and pours all of her wax products in the basement of her home located in Westphalia, Missouri. In June 2007, she bought Giddy-Up Girls Inc. and changed the name to Giddy-Up Soy Candles, LLC.
Knots to Knobs Restoration
Emily Donaldson turned her hobby into a side business in July of 2013 and dubbed it Knots to Knobs Restoration. Emily and her husband, Todd, live in Jefferson City, Missouri and team up often to create fun home decor items and refinished furniture pieces. Todd handles the woodworking and typically masterminds the building or rebuilding of their projects, while Emily using her creativity to bring the pieces to life.
Emily likes to describe her work as “restored and repurposed furniture designed with a creative eye, hard work, and an ounce or two of O.C.D.” With the Pinterest boom, she’s been inspired to expand beyond furniture and add crafts and artwork to her “resume”.
We are very happy to give Emily an avenue to showcase and sell her creations! Her pieces are always a hit and priced very affordably to fit just about any budget!
Gaylord soap co
Chad and Nikki Gaylord began making soap about three years ago as just something fun to do on a weekend. That one 4-hour soap-making class turned into a passion and so it began. They began experimenting with soap recipes and finally came up with a recipe that they liked. They didn’t want to just copy someone else’s recipe – they wanted to be original! Gaylord Soap Co. didn’t actually become a full-fledged business until 2012. They love making all-natural soap and love the fact that they are able to offer people a choice that doesn’t contain all the chemicals that commercial soaps do. As they have begun expanding their product line, they continue to strive to make all-natural, quality products that enhance and make our customers lives better.
Monique Schepers started Monichelle Designs from her Jefferson City, Missouri home in 2009. Monique’s featured designs include bright, fun and creative items for babies and children. She creates patterns to sew a wonderful burp cloths, and soft block sets for babies. Monichelle Designs also encompasses a mix of other eclectic talents including various pieces of chalk-painted furniture and an eye for fun vintage fare picked from nearby flea markets and antique stores.
Rusty Needle Primitives
So many great creations come from Jennifer Hale of Rusty Needle Primitives! Living in Warrenton, Missouri, with her husband and two sons, Jennifer has a wonderful imagination for all things stuffed. She designs many of her own patterns and builds upon them from season to season. Jennifer definitely has a way with her needle and thread, sewing together a seemly endless variety of seasonal items, including everyday tea-stained and hand-embroidered pillows, witch boots, scarecrows, pumpkins, elf shoes, families of snowmen, “candy” hearts, wall hangings, table toppers and so much more!
Located in California, Missouri, Holly Bieri is the crafter behind Country Creations. Holly enjoys digging through local farm sales and auctions to find those perfect vintage and rusty pieces that add the perfect farmhouse character to your home, as well as creating unique pieces from items both new and old. Look for Holly’s character pieces the next time you are in the store!