MEET THE ARTIST

Ray Caron Ray was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a liberal-leaning household. His parents introduced him to drawing at a young age when they sat him down in front of a drawing class on Public Television. While learning to draw, he also listened to his mother’s large, slate record collection of classical music. As time passed, Ray’s art interests evolved to include painting and ceramics and his musical tastes to include blues and world music. Ray has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He worked largely in painting and sculptural painting for fourteen yea and his work was displayed and sold in various galleries throughout the Twin Cities. He then entered the world of ceramics and his painterly style has enthusiastically leaped into his ceramic vessel creations. His latest work is with the common coffee mug where Ray takes a normally, mass-produced object and invests it with sculptural elements inspired by his background in painting and art history. Ray enjoys traveling, listening to a variety of music, swing dancing and fishing. He is partnered with Inclusivi-tee founder Lori Myren Manbeck. "I am excited to be a part of the Inclusivi-tee community because it aligns perfectly with my personal values and gives me the opportunity to share my progressive vision and artistic talent with like-minded people around the world." Watch as Ray explains the inspiration behind his design: Etsy: Claypantherceramics Pinterest: Claypantherceramics  

Toree Jones

Toree Jones (Ho-Chunk) works for the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Department of Education in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Jones received a B.A. in Studio Arts and a M.Ed. (art education) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Jones’ has taught the arts within the public school systems in both Minnesota and Florida. Since moving back to Wisconsin she has been working collaboratively with the Ho-Chunk Language Division to create a tribal school system. A mission of the school will be to help preserve the language and to re-energize the creation of the traditional arts. During this journey Jones has begun to research the traditional arts that her tribal members create both past and present. She now is working with those designs and incorporating them into art projects, shedding light on the positive aspects of our interconnected worlds. Jones has become frighteningly aware of the instability of the American government, the splintering of our society, as well as our impact on the environment. Through the use of her art she felt it was time to add a voice of optimism to a much broader audience. “When I was approached to create a design for this company I got a chance to stop and think about all the negativity that’s going on in our world right now. I could feel myself going into a really dark place and feeling so angry every time I saw a newspaper or a newscast. When Lori asked me to be one of the first contributing artists I jumped at the chance. This project has created an avenue which steers my mind to a positive direction, which I hope can help bring about positive change. I’ve done a lot of introspection and think I’ve come up with an idea that will voice the wonderful things that comes from the diversity in our world.” Watch Toree explain the inspiration for the design: