Sisters Lori Henson and Terri Johnson produce wonderful jewelry and decorative items from their company, Ceci Cela (“this and that” in French). “We’ve been in business about thirteen years” Henson says. Indeed, Ceci Cela is a small operation with Lori, who produces the art; Terri, who handles business functions; and their father, Jim Henson, who, as the metalworker, “has been sitting here soldering for all thirteen years,” Lori jokes.
“Our whole premise, whether they’re hanging pieces or paperweights or necklaces, is that they’re little pieces of art,” she says. From an artist studio at the California Building in Minneapolis, the family keeps overhead low to maintain prices ranging from $17 for a necklace to $50 for a larger encaustic (covered in beeswax and tree resin) wall hanging.