Wyoming Arts Council

Welcome to Wonderpull Wyoming!

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Wyoming Tribune-Eagle photo by Michael Smith.

Wyoming Arts Council roster artist Maura Jacobsen just opened a new arts business in downtown Cheyenne. Called the Wyo Art Factory, it’ s located inside the old Asher-Wyoming Building at 1506 Thomes Ave. She will have her own art on display and will also offer art classes.

Her shop features an interactive display called Wonderpull Wyoming. Most of us will recognize it as a vintage cigarette machine. People put in their money and pull the levers. Instead of packs of cigarettes, out come the works of art.

Jacobsen was at UW majoring in painting when she discovered pottery. She has been a studio potter for the past fifteen years, and works mostly in hand-thrown and hand-glazed stoneware. She’s become well-known for for her vintage Wyoming license plates that are imprinted on pottery platters and plates. The idea has caught on so well that she now creates license pottery with plates from all 50 states. Her distinctive “license platters” and other work are sold at four national parks, including souvenir stores at Rocky Mountain National Park west of Estes Park, Colo.

Her work also is available at the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and in the Wyoming Home store in downtown Cheyenne and at Little America Hotel and Resort on West Lincolnway.

Jacobsen recently was profiled in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Read the entire story here.

See Jacobsen’s roster listing here.

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