About

History

Mimosa’s doors opened in 2001, welcoming everyone, no matter what skill level, to experience the fun of painting your own pottery. The studio is a place where both kids and adults discover the joy and pride of painting something all their own. Pottery, paint, instruction, and friendly personal attention is provided.

Come see our wide range of projects — ceramic tile coasters, picture frames, coffee mugs, plates, bowls, pet dishes, piggy banks, vases, bird feeders, wall murals and more!

“Mimosa Studios is named in memory of my grandmother, Jessie Collins, or as everyone who knew and loved her, Nannee. Although primarily a silk-screen artist, Nannee was an artist of many mediums. She was always exploring new ideas with metals, fabric, bamboo and leaves.

When we were young, my sister Collin and I spent our summers with our grandparents, Nannee and Papaw, in Dallas, Texas. Papaw had built a small studio on their property, and it was here that we spent most of our time, learning to paint and explore and laugh at our mistakes.

It was hot in Texas, but the studio was shaded by a huge Mimosa tree, creating fragrant shadows as we worked among the smells of oil, thinner, and paint. These are some of my most profound memories, where I first learned the joy of creating art among others. I take many life lessons from this studio, all of them under the protective shade of that majestic Mimosa tree. ” ~ Austin Raglione

Austin Raglione

Studio Owner

After a 20 year career in politics, studio owner Austin Raglione opened her pottery painting studio on Alberta Street in November 2001. She wanted to share her love of  painting pottery and the fun of making art with others.

Austin is frequently in the studio on weekends where she catches up with customers and works on her own creations. Austin’s biggest joy is watching customers relax and have fun, getting to know fellow painters, and experiencing the joy of creating together.

Charlotte, pictured above, is Austin’s furry friend and Mimosa’s mascot.

Allison Chown

Community Relations Director

After receiving her degree from the University of North Texas, Allison moved to Portland where she obtained her Master’s in Education from Portland State University.

She has recently welcomed a new baby into the world in addition to her two fur babies. Hobbies include running, various art projects, supporting the Portland Trailblazers and enjoying the great Northwest. Allison volunteers on the Promotions Committee for Alberta Main Street, and helps with Alberta Street events. She also actively volunteers with Horse Sense Riding School which is a non-profit that provides access to horses for people of all ways of life and abilities.

Amanda Munro

Kiln Loader Supreme aka Resident Basement Troll

After a long bout of traveling in Central and South America, Amanda is currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Ethics/Policy and Spanish at the University of Portland. She can generally be found biking around North Portland in flow-y pants, foraging for fruit and other wild edibles, and drinking tea on Alberta St.

She also enjoys singing and playing guitar, cooking wholesome food, hiking, practicing yoga and creating art of all kinds. Her favorite part of working at the studio is seeing everyone’s beautiful artwork and feeling inspired!