Mindful Makers


Our Mindful Makers interviews are conducted with artists who are also wellness practitioners. These artists are actively educating the field about wellness by drawing from their training in yoga, massage therapy, occupational therapy, ergonomics, and more.
Missy Graff Ballone

Missy Graff Ballone is the founder of Wellness for Makers LLC, an organization dedicated to motivating and empowering artists through education and mindful living. Missy graduated with her MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a yoga enthusiast and has been a licensed Massage Therapist for ten years. She started Wellness for Makers to make it easier for artists everywhere to locate and share wellness resources. In this interview, Missy describes her interest in the body as both a Jeweler and Massage Therapist, and how it relates to the mission of Wellness for Makers.

Interviewed by Lynn Batchelder

Heidi Lowe

Heidi Lowe is a Jeweler, Gallery Owner, and Business Coach based in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Heidi works closely with artists to help them reach their full potential. In this interview, Heidi her background, what led her to become a Business Coach and why artists should consider working with one in the future.

Interviewed by Missy Graff Ballone

Raïssa Bump

Raïssa Bump is a jeweler and yoga instructor. She is also the founder of Reset, an organization that educates individuals about their bodies while teaching simple 'Self-Tuning' techniques. As an artist and wellness practitioner, Raïssa understands the physical demands that jewelers experience at the bench. In this interview, she describes her journey from craft to wellness and provides us with insight on how to improve the sustainability of our practice.

Interviewed by Missy Graff Ballone

Loren Crabbe

Loren Crabbe is a Mixed Media/Performance Artist and Wellness Coach. In this Interview, Loren discusses the concepts behind her work and their relationship to the body. She also explains how her passion for wellness changed her life and allowed her to continue making art.
Interviewed by Missy Graff Ballone

Rachel K. Garceau​

There are many benefits to incorporating wellness instruction into craft education programs. Rachel K. Garceau is an artist and yoga instructor who has taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Penland School of Craft. In this interview, Rachel provides us with insight about her journey from art to wellness and the importance of providing this type of instruction in craft education.

Interviewed by Missy Graff Ballone

Kristen Kieffer

Developing proper studio ergonomics is crucial for the longevity of our careers as makers. In this interview, Kristen Kieffer talks about her experience with ergonomics as a Studio Potter and explains what it means to be “purposefully inefficient.”
Interviewed by Missy Graff Ballone

Rebecca Mezoff

Rebecca Mezoff is a Tapestry Artist who has an extensive background as an Occupational Therapist. In this interview, Rebecca discusses her work and provides us with advice for maintaining a healthy studio practice.
Interviewed by Missy Graff Ballone