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Bonnie Staffel   
Charlevoix, MI 49720
1966 Toledo Museum of Art School, Toledo, OH (Glass Blowing: F. Dreisbach) 
1951-52 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Pottery: M. Grotell)
1948 & 1950 Toledo Museum of Art School, Toledo, OH (Pottery: 1950 H. Littleton)
1944-45  American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL (Commercial and Fine Art)
1943-44 Feather and Feather Art School, Houston, TX (Commercial and Fine Art)
1929-32   Toledo Museum of Art School, Toledo, OH (Children's Art Classes)


  • Cycling Salamander Gallery, Charlevoix, MI, 2006 (Trash Can and Smoke Firing Workshop)

  • Michigan Mud, Michigan Ceramic Art Association, Albion College, Albion, MI, 2005 (Trash Can and Smoke Firing Workshop)

  • Cycling Salamander Gallery, Charlevoix, MI, 2005 (Trash Can and Smoke Firing Workshop)

  • Ed Gray Studio, Fennville, MI, 1999 (Wheel and Hand Building Workshop)

  • Leland High School, Leland, MI, 1997 (Smoke firing w/terra sigillata Workshop)

  • Charlevoix High School, Charlevoix, MI, 1997 (Smoke firing w/terra sigillata Workshop)

  • John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC,  1984-91 (Beginning to Advanced Wheel Classes)

  • Vrå Folkhøjskole, Vrå, Denmark, Jan. through Mar. 1988-1990

  • Longboat Key Art Center, Bradenton, FL, 1990

  • Five Folkhøjskoles, Denmark, Jan. through Mar. 1987

  • Potters' League, West Palm Beach, FL

  • William Boniface Art Center, Escanaba, MI

  • Upper Peninsula Crafts Council, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  • Oakland Community College, Royal Oak, MI, 1979

1993 to present
Full time professional potter, showing work at the Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI; Northern Michigan Artists Market, Petoskey, MI, and Cycling Salamander Gallery, Charlevoix, MI. Teaching workshops occasionally. Published a video on Throwing with Slabs and Coils as well as one teaching
Beginning Processes.

1991 to 1993
Recruited by the Canton, MS Tourism and Development Bureau Director to create a new Art and Craft School in the town square in Canton, MS to offer weekly classes in various arts and crafts.  Assisted the Director as Program Director for the Allison's Wells School of Arts & Crafts, Inc.

1987 to 1991
Program Director, Elderhostel Coordinator and Advisor to the Director for the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Traveled to Denmark for three winters as an exchange pottery teacher in five folk schools.

1984 to 1987
Resident Potter, Advisor to the Director, Elderhostel Coordinator, Resident Photographer, Studio Coordinator at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

1965 to 1984
Established studio and gallery with William Staffel near Charlevoix, MI.  Designed and produced functional pottery as well as one-of-a-kind stoneware and porcelain including sculpture, weaving and photography.  Created an apprenticeship program in my studio for aspiring potters.

Feature Article, Fine Arts Ceramics. 

Received many awards, participated in numerous one-man and two-man shows in Michigan and Ohio since 1952 to present, work was accepted in area, regional and national museum competitions, including several purchase awards.

September 19, 2003.
The third annual eddi Awards were presented on Friday, September 19, 2003 at the Bay View Inn, Petoskey, MI. This event is always a celebratory evening of the arts in northern Michigan. Each award winner has dedicated himself or herself to improving the cultural environment in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. The Crooked Tree Arts Center established the annual eddi Awards in 2001 in recognition of eddi Offield’s personal and positive impact on the quality of  life afforded to the people of Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. A panel of individuals from Charlevoix and Emmet counties review the nominations to select each year's winners.

Bonnie Staffel
Sponsored by Gaslight Gallery

In addition to being an artist, Bonnie is also teacher to many wonderful potters in Michigan, the US and around the world. She continues to seek new challenges and set new goals for herself.

The Visual Artist Award is given to an artist who has consistently made an impact using his or her artistic discipline for the benefit of the citizens of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties

Maumee High School Inaugural Alumnus Awards
Bonnie (Betts) Staffel, 1939 graduate and a pioneer studio potter in Charlevoix in 1965, was selected as one of four recipients of the inaugural Maumee High School (Ohio) distinguished Alumnus Awards at a dinner ceremony September 3, 2010 in the Performing Arts Center of the school. The four were chosen from 15 individuals who were nominated for the awards. She received this award for the extensive work she has accomplished over the 60 year career focused on her pottery, pioneered in promoting Charlevoix as a cultural art area, encouraged artist friends to join her in establishing their studios here, and served on the boards in the early days of the Crooked Tree Art Council and Artists North organizations. She was also on the jury for the early Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fairs. Her work has received many awards, was involved in many museum competitions as well as one- and two-man shows in Michigan and Ohio galleries. She also was an exchange teacher of pottery in Denmark for three winters in the late 80s.

A fund has been established by her family and friends with the Charlevoix County Community Foundation to give grants for aspiring artists and clay workshops.

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