The Studio

Visit the Studio/Gallery in beautiful
Lake Tomahawk

Umlauf Art Studio is located in the town of Lake Tomahawk in northern Wisconsin. When you visit the northwoods of Wisconsin, stop in at the studio and see the gallery which features the oil paintings of Rodd Umlauf and other works by local artists. Also talk with Rodd and see his paintings in progress.

Umlauf Art Studio Gallery

Lake Tomahawk is a friendly beautiful little town on Hwy. 47, not far from well know vacation destinations such as Minocqua/Woodruff, St. Germain, Eagle River, and Rhinelander. Umlauf Art Studio is on Hwy.47 in the middle of town, right across from the Korner Drive-in ice cream stand and next door to the Shamrock. Lake Tomahawk is marked in green on the map below.

Lake Tomahawk is located in the American Legion State Forest and is surrounded by hundreds of beautiful lakes and woodlands. Lake Tomahawk itself is know as the “Queen of Northwoods Lakes”.This part of the state is know as the Lakeland area and serves as the inspiration of many of Rodd’s paintings of local lake scenes.

Besides original oil paintings, prints of Rodd’s works are also available which can be custom framed right here at the studio. Umlauf Art Studio and Gallery also features the works of other area artists including pottery, woodturning, jewelry, stained glass, and concrete mosaics.

Gallery Showroom

These artists include: Kathy Mitchell, Pottery; Hans Delius, Woodturning and Carving; and Kathy Furda, Jewelry and Stained Glass.

Hans Delius: Woodturning
Hans has been a resident of Lake Tomahawk since 1998. His interest in the wood lathe started in shop class in grade school shortly after he came to this country from Germany and it has lasted a lifetime.

Hans has been turning bowls since the 1970’s and he enjoys the challege of turning items that include rather than exclude natural imperfections such as voids and knots. Each bowl is individually turned and finished.

In the last five years Hans has become involved in woodcarving with a special interest in carving birds of the Northwoods.

Kathy Furda: Jewelry and Stained Glass

Kathy’s interest in glass art stems from the freedom of expression and creativity that this medium allows. From a beginners class at a local college, to an advanced class in bead making, she has continued to express her artistic tendencies in her own way. Her work includes flat glass, such as stained glass projects that range from cabinet doors, free hanging windows and sidelights, and full size door panels.
Kathy became interested in lampworked beads in 1994 and has attended classes in New York and Arizona. Lampworked beading is actually an ancient art that has enjoyed a revival in recent years. The work is accomplished over a torch and involves melting glass rods over a metal rod then reworking the glass into art forms.


Kathy Mitchell: Pottery
Kathy grew up in suburban Detroit, but spent most weekends on her Grandparent’s farms. She always had a garden, collected bugs and butterflies, and spent as much time as she could outdoors. Summer vacations would be to spend a week “up north”, fishing, swimming, and observing an entirely different environment. Both her pastel paintings and pottery reflect her continual pleasure in all of these places and what they offer.

Kathy received a Masters in Counseling from Western Michigan University and was working as a Psychotherapist before she realized that her life felt out of balance sitting in an office all day. She started taking art classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and through clay found a way to be in the elements again. “Clay is like any garden, you plan and plot and put in all the right things—and pray for good weather or a perfect firing”, she says. “I loved both the skilled interaction that it required and the way outcome was dominated by many things that added up to plain luck”.

 She decided that she needed to dedicate a period of time to master clay and moved to Bayfield, Wisconsin to an apprenticeship program at Eckel’s Pot Shop. Upon completion, she and her family migrated to Lake Tomahawk . There she has spent the last 24 years making pottery, being a Psychotherapist, raising a family, and having many gardens.

Said Kathy, “I still appreciate beautiful produce, an abundance of flowers, fish in the water, and being outdoors as much as I possibly can.” This is clearly evident in her person and artwork.