Artist and educator Eleanor Heimbaugh earned a BFA at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and an MFA in Ceramics from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Heimbaugh is currently teaching as an assistant professor of Ceramics and Sculpture and is the Director of the Swedish Craft Program at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Her current ceramic work is a pseudo-scientific investigation of artifacts, specimens, and fossils of 21th century American culture. Heimbaugh has presented research and has exhibited her work in national and international juried shows.
Justin Dean Burton grew up on the edge of Appalachia, where his family has lived for hundreds of years. He graduated from Berea College, where is labor position was in broomcraft. Burton has been creating brooms since August 2013 under the guidance of Berea College’s Master Broom Maker Christopher Robbins. Since then he has designed multiple brooms for production and begun to find ways to make broom making more sustainable. Burton has a broom displayed at the Paul Rush Memorial Museum and has been a demonstrator at the Kentucky State Capital for the Kentucky Arts Council Art Days. Currently the Broom Maker for Swedish Crafts, Burton is teaching the art of broomcraft to students at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.