My name is Nina Guertin, and I’ve been working with ceramics since 1999 and am self-taught with the help of some wonderful friends and mentors and the Good Lord Above.
I studied Spiritual Direction at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in St. Paul. I’m a member of the NorthEast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and Spiritual Directors International.
The 4 Angels Creations Art Studio and Spiritual Direction Space is located on the SE corner of Stinson Boulevard and 27th Avenue, on the border of NE Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village.
Leonard, an English Mastiff, is my daytime companion. I am married, have a grown daughter and two granddaughters.
My personal mission:
To be the face of God to all I meet.
My mission as a Spiritual Director:
To assist those seeking relationship with The Divine. To be a loving, caring, non-judgmental, compassionate, listening ear as a seeker finds, explores, and / or deepens relationship with God.
The mission of 4 Angels Creations:
4 Angels Creations seeks to spread God’s love through an angel ministry. 4 Angels’ tagline is from Hebrews 1:14a:
Are not all angels ministering spirits?
Believe it!! There are wonderful, kind, protective, full-of-light angels walking with us everyday, both in the flesh and otherwise. Think about it…who are your angels?
Each 4 Angels Creations angel figurine, ornament, and cross are cut by hand, ensuring that all wings, bodies, hearts, hair, etc. make each piece unique. All work is done in my at-home studio except the glaze firing, which is done in South Minneapolis at a gas-reduction kiln. This type of glaze firing, through the movement of air inside the kiln, creates different affects on the glazed pieces, thereby enhancing tones and depth of the colors on each piece. This also ensures – through the process itself – the individuality of each piece!
Sometime in early 1999 I had a dream in which I was given the mission to start a business making angels. Everything was laid out in the dream – what to do, who to ask for help, even the name of the company. So, I followed the instructions given and started making angels with three friends. They hung with me for the first year or so, and then let me go on my own to “spread my wings.”
Angels also transcend religious faith; in other words, you can be Christian, Muslim, Jew or simply spiritual – angels belong to all of us.
What’s in a name? Why “4 Angels Creations”?
Two reasons – first, the four angels were the four of us who started the business together. Second, I have had four daughters – three of whom were stillborn. In essence, I have my own four angels; three in heaven and one here on earth to keep me company. I am very, very blessed!
And most importantly?
It’s the trans-formative power of unconditional prayer.
…I pray over each piece I make – for healing, harmony, and peace for the receiver;
…My hope is that the receiver of a 4 Angels Creation will be open to accept the healing and ministering spirit that each gift aspires to convey;
…A little piece of my heart goes into each gift I make;
…Hebrews 1:14a reads: “Are not all angels ministering spirits?” This is my tagline and this is what inspires me every day to put my art “out there.”
God bless you and thank you for considering a 4 Angels Creations gift.