Sally Thielen Mashue (South Eagle Woman) Chippewa Davison, Michigan


Price $750.00 the same price we paid for it 30 years ago, Remember Sally no longer practices

her gift so it is a one of a kind and there will never be another

I have had high goals throughout my art career of over 40 years. I always do my very best. I strive to make art with sincere beauty, to show people as they are, or my interpretation of them. I also like to create art with humour to make people feel happy. Some of my work has a political point of view to encourage the viewer to think about our environment and our lives. Over the years I’ve worked in many mediums but this project has been one of the most rewarding. It feels good to help people


Mashue (South Eagle Woman) Chippewa Davison, Michigan

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Although Sally Thielen was raised in a family that impressed upon her the richness of her cultural heritage, it wasn’t until becoming disenchanted with her career in nursing that she began to seek a way of visually expressing that heritage. A community education class in pottery was followed by five years of study at the Flint Institute of Arts, where she also received training in weaving and making handmade paper.

Sally Thielen is recognized as an accomplished artist in many media, but is perhaps best known for her raku porcelain masks. She uses only Native Americans as models. When the masks are finished, she preserves her models’ identities by referring to them only by their first names.

In addition to creating art, Thielen regularly teaches in adult education and private schools. Family involvement in her art is important to her, and each family member contributes in an important way: her husband provides technical and marketing assistance, her children serve as valuable in-house critics, and her grandchildren are eager students of the Chippewa traditions that she shares with them. In order to create beaded bags and ornaments faithful to these traditions, Thielen spends hours researching historical and contemporary patterns and designs.

Thielen’s work has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world, including Russia, Canada, France, and numerous locations in the United States. She was recently honored to be asked to create a beaded ornament for the White House Christmas tree.

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