John Wayne Jackson / Imagine That! Creations
misc. / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Black Mountain, NC
John Wayne Jackson’s Imagine That! Creations are truly a standout example of contemporary sculpture work. This Black Mountain, NC-based artist is best known for his unique, nature-inspired wall hangings from the Contemporary Fossils collection. These sculpture-style showpieces are cast from real leaves and then finished in a rainbow of iridescent colors to capture the imagination of everyone who gets the chance to experience them, and they’re highly appreciated among the Sugarloaf community.
Jackson’s Contemporary Fossils are made using real leaves the artist has collected from exotic jungles and gardens, which he finishes with his very own dye-based paints and them sculpts from a platinum-cured mold to give them a long-lasting structure and strength. In addition to smaller-scale wall hangings, John Wayne Jackson also produces exceptional large-scale sculptures inspired by nature and foliage. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is proud to host Imagine That! Creations as part of our annual juried art and craft shows.
Allen Jacobsen / Jewelry by Hammer & Torch, Inc.
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Venice, FL
A jewelry designer for more than 30 years, Allen Jacobsen has seen his pieces presented in ways he never could have imagined. It was more than 20 years ago that he created a bracelet his mother loved so much she displayed it in her store’s window. Little did she know an editor from Vogue would see it and be just as impressed. Jacobson’s work has appeared on the cover of McCall’s magazine and been worn by celebrities such as actress Cheryl Ladd.
Jacobsen, who works alongside his wife Mumin, are inspired by the beauty, shape, and designs that surround them. “Each piece is a creative blessing and becomes our favorite until the next one is created,” he says.
Jacobsen is always creating unique pieces. Meet him at an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival to view his latest creations along with hear the stories beyond other successful pieces.
George Jaffe / Bracelets by G. Jaffe
Gold & Silver Jewelry
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Sandra Jaffe / Yucandu
wood / functional wood / knives
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Spice up your kitchen with some of these beautiful hardwood knives, bowls and utensils from Yucandu. Designed by Sandra Jaffe, these kitchen essentials are crafted using techniques borrowed from ancient civilizations and indigenous peoples of places both near and far, including Alaska, Africa, Europe and Asia. The resulting products are quite beautiful thanks to a natural and raw look. However, they are also practical thanks to hours of rigorous use in test kitchens. These non-electric kitchen alternatives are easy to use and add a personal touch to any home.
Yucandu is a family-owned craft business located in upstate New York. Their focus is on creating high-quality kitchen utensils that will last for years to come and provide both beauty and functionality in the home. Jaffe is a popular exhibitor at Sugarloaf Craft festivals, so be sure to check out her work in person and learn more about the inspiration behind her designs by visiting one of our upcoming art fairs.
Jasper James / Jasper James Nature Photography
Hometown: Cumberland, RI
Jasper James is a Cumberland, RI-based nature photographer capturing a wide range of exquisite natural landscape shots and portraits for your home. The artist offers a refreshing take on fine art photography, with a special focus on helping his fans admire and preserve his subjects. Jasper James offers a well-rounded collection of fine art nature photography covering auroras, bears, eagles, foxes, moose, owls, wolves and other wildlife. He also offers many thought-provoking snapshots of American landscapes, especially Alaskan scenes.
When you visit Jasper James at a Sugarloaf festival, you’ll get to see first-hand just why this photographer’s work has made its way into the homes of many photography- and nature-lovers around the world. Jasper James photography has long been a staple on the Sugarloaf circuit, and we’re proud to host him at some upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. We pride ourselves on providing a unique opportunity to meet and talk with the artist as you shop one-of-a-kind items for your home.
Philippe Janvier / Princesita’s Glow World
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Gregory Johnson and Donna Gilbert / Pottery for Living
Hometown: Gainsville, GA
James Johnson / Indigo Turtle
jewelry / other
Hometown: Fulton, IL
Kate Johnson / Mamoucha Soaps
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
With Mamoucha handcrafted soaps, cleaning has never felt so luxurious. Since 2009, owner and founder Kate Johnson has been personally making Mamoucha soap in small batches, using FDC-approved ingredients such as Glycerin and Shea butter for premium cleaning power. Her colorful and fragrant artisan soaps are as fun to make as they are to use, featuring a variety of playful designs and patterns to choose from at a price that allows you to have bars at any sink or tub in your home.
Johnson began learning crafts from her mother and grandmother as a child. Decades of skill and passion go into crafting each bar of soap, which she has enjoyed doing since Day 1. Her use of melt and pour soap techniques allows for the perfect mix of color, design and fragrance, resulting in a product that’s both useful and fun. Johnson is a constant presence at Sugarloaf festivals, both near her home in Philadelphia and around the region. Make sure to come visit her and discover how bathing can be fun again!
Don Jones / Turned Wood by Don Jones
wood / wood turning
Hometown: Glenville, PA
Anita Jordan / Twice As Nice
textiles & fashion design / accessories
Hometown: Boxford, MA