Kaleva Bottle House and Joe McCuaig’s art

May 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm 1 comment

Another art-filled day!  Once the sun broke through, we were treated with a wonderful view of the Kaleva Bottle House and visit with self-taught artist, Joe McCuaig. 
Kaleva Bottle House—John Jacob Makinen, Sr.
14551 Wuoski Avenue
Kaleva, Michigan
Completed: 1941 (he died before he could move in)

With over 60,000 bottles laid on their sides, Finland native John J. Makinen, Sr. built his home with “rejected “bottles from his own company, The Northwestern Bottling Works.  Legend has it that he also coined the term “POP”, an onomatopeia of the sound that the cork would make when it flew off the soft drinks.


Joe McCuaig, self-taught painter and sculptor

Copemish, Michigan
We had met Joe a few years ago at the Slotin Folk Fest in Atlanta, and although I remembered his brightly colored paintings and signs, I didn’t really remember his cleverly crafted sculptures. So today was a great treat. We spent the late afternoon with Joe and his wife Sharon at their home in Copemish, looking at art, swapping stories, and hunting for morel mushrooms.

The guys with the Kaleva Grasshopper and the Big Ball of Video Tape

This rainy morning, a dock at Montague, Michigan

Me… at the Kaleva Bottle House

Entry filed under: bottle house, joe mccuaig, kaleva, michigan, paintings, sculpture, self taught art.

Tom and Melissa D’s grand art in Grand Rapids, MI Kaleva Bottle House and Joe McCuaig’s art

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. John Foster  |  May 11, 2009 at 11:44 am

    This is a fantastic house! I appreciate the post! John Foster


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