My name is Nina Guertin, and I’ve been working with ceramics since 1999. I’m pretty much self-taught with the help of some wonderfully creative friends and mentors.
I studied Spiritual Direction at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in St. Paul and am a Certified Spiritual Director. I’m a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Minnesota Enneagram Society, and the NorthEast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA).
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 through my artwork, 1-1 Spiritual Direction, Group Direction, or Healing HeART Sessions.
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?
Who are your angels?
Each 4 Angels Creations piece is cut by hand, ensuring that each is unique. All work is done in my at-home studio, including the natural gas reduction firing. This type of glaze firing, through reduction of oxygen and 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. Also, since making Angels became full-time for me in 2009, I’ve expanded my artwork to celebrating symbols from other faiths; my intention is to honor faiths other than my own, creating kinship rather than division.
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 abundantly blessed with friendships and family.
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 piece offers in the giving;
…A little piece of my heart goes into everything I make or do;
…Hebrews 1:14a reads: “Are not all angels ministering spirits?” This is my tagline and this, as well as those for whom I pray, are what inspires me every day to continue to put my art “out there”.
Blessings to you, and thank you for considering a 4 Angels Creations gift.