About Us​ 

 Whittier College, 1971 

"Jennie made and sold pottery, especially to members of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. I sold a few small drawings at a local venue in town. I also worked in an art framing shop at no pay where the proprietor and I talked philosophy while he taught me how to frame. Later I got interested in silver smithing and sold several pieces to friends and relatives. I wasn't big on ceramics at that time except for a sculpture or two."

"The bustle of the Los Angeles area, the smog and traffic jams, wore on us, and we spent our spare time out in the southern California deserts where my grandparents had a cabin in Joshua Tree and Jennie's family had a park trailer near the Salton Sea." 

"We were hearing the call of the wild when Jennie's family purchased the campground at Anchor Bay and they needed someone to run it. Both of us being products of the 60's saw the opportunity to get closer to nature and escape the stresses of city life. We didn't know then that the decision would take us through the next 26 years."
"When we first met, I was living in Murphy Dorm, a converted hospital where Mike was born. I was studying political science and was a teacher's aid for the ceramics department and for artist Ernest Lacy. I completed my post graduate work and earned a teaching credential. I taught 7th grade art and science."

"Mike was studying general sciences at Rio Hondo Community College. He took a class in ceramics there. He transferred to Whittier College to study philosophy and religion."  

"We met through mutual friends and soon got married. I began working full time as a teacher in nearby El Monte while Mike completed his graduate degree in Counseling."

Anchor Bay 1977-2001

​"During our Anchor Bay days, Jennie launched into textiles. A trip to New Zealand to visit family friends on a sheep farm opened her creative flood gates that have continued to flow these past 30-plus years. She bought raw fleeces, carded and spun her own yarn, dyed with natural dyes, knitted or wove original works, showed her creations at galleries and art shows, and sold her work in shops, festivals, or out the back door. She simply skipped the hobby-level sampler projects and dove into production mode as much as a single human could with a 24/7 job. She was (and still is) outgoing and enthusiastic about textiles and joined in with other interested locals." 

"Through this period we also traveled extensively and much of where we went and what we saw was heavy on 'natural' and 'cultural' and was often off the beaten path. She brought back new ideas for designs and new techniques to incorporate into her growing  expertise. She was non-stop."
​​"I remember Mike's creativity found outlets in light publications, like the campground's quarterly newsletter, called the "Beachcomber" where he wrote the articles, did the photography, the illustrations, and the layout. He also designed the graphics for our retail sales, like T-shirts, sweatshirt, hats, and coffee mugs." ​​

"His need to get closer to nature got him involved with Department of Fish and Game abalone and fishing politics. We both got involved with the Marine Mammal Center rescue operations as founders of 'Anchor Bay Ops.' He also put together nature walks for the customers and the alternative school kids and their parents. He was even giving geography and geology walks on the beach with Mendocino College classes, and of course, slide shows and talks for the campers." 

Henderson Studios
2001 to the Present

​​"We have always been drawn to art. In the early days, we studied print making, ceramics, drawing, and painting while continuing to pursue academic careers. We still take interesting workshops now and then to add to our skills."​​

​"From the beginning, we talked of someday having land to raise sheep, grow vegies, make art, and maybe teach art.  Yes, hippies. It was the 1970’s. Here it is now, a new century. We have the land, we make the art, grow the vegies, and we still have the dreams.

"Our life together has always been fun, often inspiring, frequently adventurous, filled with art, love, and family. Our commitment to each other and our art has never changed."
"Much of what binds us is our love for art and the life-changing creative process that we both continue to experience since childhood. Also, we are best friends, more like twins, I think. We can talk. We have long and continuous gabbs on multiple topics, including art of course, where we share our discoveries and test out new ideas, or just entertain each other with storylines and gossip. Commingling our experiences spills over into our artwork often as collaboritve support." 

"Henderson Studios started as a cabin in the woods and eventually expanded into a larger home with space for three independent studios. But for me, it is more an idea than a place. It has that 'something' that is difficult to define but can be felt. Certainly its location and setting help, but more, there is the presence of two lifetimes of art experiences in one place with a purpose to continue to explore and to openly share between ourselves and all who show an interest."

"I like the idea of reaching out to others, inviting them into the 'dialogue.' I can see including both seasoned and budding artists as an important role for our future here."