Michelle O'Brien / Glass by Mitch
glass / leaded glass
Hometown: Fallston, MD
Mark Oberkirsch / Oberkirsch Designs
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Hillsboro, MO
Known for his unique take on the art of copper repoussé, Mark Oberkirsch is well-revered among the tooled copper community. This Missouri-based artist has a background in metalworking and sculpture, but quickly fell in love with copper work thanks to the material’s unmatched malleability and distinctive color. Oberkirsch’s collection of beautiful handmade copper art is testament to the artist’s commitment to experimenting with the medium while showcasing his love of texture and color.
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Oberkirsch Designs uses copper repoussé (or copper chasing) to groove and channel the copper to create unique, multidimensional designs. Oberkirsch implements a stylus to hand-draw the designs onto the back of a copper sheet, which he then paints on the front side. A final lacquering process renders his pieces ready for matting and hanging. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is proud to host Oberkirsch Designs as part of our several annual juried arts and crafts shows.
Renee Obrock / Verre & Behker
glass / other
Hometown: Pemberville, OH
Each piece of artwork has a story behind it as does each artist. For Renee Obrock of Verre & Behker, it is a story of helping others. In 2013, Obrock was teaching art to students with special needs when an organization near her Ohio home asked that her students paint glasses for a fund raiser.
Obrock and the students went to work, creating memorable pieces of artwork and sparked inspiration for Obrock. An award-winning artist, Obrock now specializes in hand-painted glassware. Based in Pemberville, Ohio, Obrock’s work can be found at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals throughout the year. Her work is inspiring, whether it be paintings a garden scene on the side of a glass or creating a gravity-inspired plate.
Obrock is one of the many talents that appear at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Come see her work and the learn the stories that inspired them. She is truly a talented artist and her work is regularly praised by attendees.
Hometown: Riverdale, GA
Willard Olney / Olney Originals
jewelry / enamel
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Willard Olney of Olney Originals is perhaps best known for his stunning cloisonné enameling. This method uses colored glass, which is ground and then fused to fine silver at high heat. Olney then finishes each piece with wires integrated into the design, which are set and fired into the piece to separate the colors and to create unique, eye-catching imageries. Willard Olney cloisonné jewelry and gifts are made with beautifully vibrant colored glass and set within long-lasting silver.
This popular jewelry artist often travels to Sugarloaf from his home in Wilmington, NC. Jewelry-lovers are constantly drawn in by his one-of-a-kind enamel originals which make truly exquisite statement pieces. Olney’s work is simultaneously sophisticated and down to earth, with a wide variety of whimsical color pairings and nature-inspired landscapes completing each piece. Sugarloaf is proud to position this renowned maker alongside many preeminent jewelry artists.
Rahmon Olugunna / Rahmon Olugunna Paintings
Hometown: Chicago, IL
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Newport News, VA
Lora Oracheva / Laura Oracheff LLC
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Lodi, NJ
Laura’s line of designer women’s clothing is proof that luxury doesn’t have to come from a factory. Every unique dress, shirt, jacket, legging and other garments from the fashionista are made using the finest fabrics and is sure to impress. Laura hand-knits each piece and uses natural organic dyes to create vibrant clothing that’s also durable. With looks ranging from sophisticated to French chic, there’s someone for every woman who wants to feel high-class.
Drawing on influences from both her Bulgarian birthplace and modern American fashion, Laura is dedicated to producing the best modern multifunctional women’s apparel. Whether you’re headed for a night on the town or an important social gathering, she has something impressive available for any occasion. Why pore over the same choices as every other woman when you can have original handmade garments that truly capture who you aspire to be? See what Laura has for your wardrobe at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!
Zachary Orcutt / Z Pottery
Hometown: Parkersburg, WV
Margaret Owen / Phoneiciarts