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At OttLite, our mission is to help people enjoy life to the fullest — so our heroes are people who do just that.

Our rockstars come from all different walks of life; they love different things; but every day they’re relentlessly pursuing their passions, and we’re so proud to help them do that.

This is our way of celebrating them.


Don Barry - CEO & President of OttLite
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Claudine’s Story
Claudine Hellmuth is, in her own words, a lifelong artist — who was lucky enough to turn her passion into a career.

“I come from a creative, artistic family,” she says. “There was never any doubt that art would be a big part of my life.”

After earning her Fine Arts degree from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Claudine became a professional web designer, who enjoyed art “on the side.” In 2001, she became a full-time artist, and in 2002 she perfected the photo collage art form for which she is best known.

“Honestly, I’d been going through a creative dry spell. When creativity is your job that naturally makes you nervous. But I had my English grandmother’s words in my mind: ‘Don’t worry, little poppet, everything is going to be okay.’”

What Claudine created was a delightful mixed media collage, crafted from photographs, paper, fabric, and her own illustrations.

“I knew I had to give my new art form a name,” she says, “and it just made sense to call them Poppets.”

Her advice for other artists who’d like to turn their hobbies into a career? “Don’t quit your day job,” she laughs. “A lot of people feel they have to make the change all at once — like the only way to commit to your art is to devote 100% of your time to it. Work on it while you’re still earning money at your job. That way there’s no risk while you make the transition.”

Now, in addition to her art — which appears on everything from wedding invitations and greeting cards to paper dolls — Claudine teaches workshops, takes on custom “Poppet” projects, and lends her artistic sensibilities to a line of crafting supplies.
Claudine's Favorite OttLite Products
“When I’m concentrating on my art, I need to see every color and every detail truly. So There’s no better light than my OttLite task light. I can’t imagine working without it.”
-Claudine Hellmuth
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