For our first of two holiday pop-up markets at Tucson CSA this year, we have one of our CSA members, Raven Bolas, returning with her lovely array of hand-made soaps, salves, soaking salts, and more from Botanical Maven. Joining her this year will be Olivia Tuller with a beautiful mix of ceramic ware.
Read more about what they both have to offer below, and stop by to say hello and find that perfect local holiday gift this week when you pick up your CSA share! Remember, pop up vendors donate 10% of their proceeds to our Tucson CS-Aid fund so supporting these local artisans helps support our mission of making the CSA more accessible too.
Olivia Tuller has been doing ceramics since 2017 when she discovered it as part of the art history curriculum at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Or. Since then, she’s furthered her clay education at the Multnomah Arts Center, Pima Community College, and Romero House Potters, as well as attending NCECA in 2018. She has also been awarded the Friends of Arrowmont scholarship to attend one of their prestigious workshops. Though she has experience in both handbuilding and wheel throwing, her own work focuses on wheel thrown functional ware, utilizing a variety of glazing techniques such as sgraffito, mishima, water etching, and wax resist. She has taught beginning wheel as well as children’s handbuilding, and is currently an instructor at Romero House here in Tucson. Her work is sold around Tucson, and you can view her art via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lot.pot.tery/. She loves the unique creative process that ceramics offers, and enjoys guiding others on their journey to find their artistic voice through clay.
Botanical Maven, previously Sonoran Soaps and Sundries, will have handmade cold process soaps, salves, hydrosols, bath bombs and remedies based on desert plant infusions. We have a large medicinal garden in Tucson and use lavender, calendula, creosote, roses and more in our products. Our products are natural and beautifully carry the essence of the desert.