Karen Caldwell / Sunflower Glass Studio
glass / fused
Hometown: Stockton, NJ
At Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, you’ll find an incredible variety of incredible works of art from a wide background of traditions. Sunflower Glass Studio’s Karen and Geoff Caldwell take their mutual love of prisms and create intricate stained glass windows, boxes, bathroom accessories and more.
Founded in 1978, Sunflower Glass Studio has been turning out breathtaking works of beveled and colored glass. With Karen as the designer and Geoff as the craftsman, you’re guaranteed beautiful stained glass windows, panels, boxes and so much more.
Even though it is quite a medieval art, the Caldwells draw their inspiration from the American stained glass window tradition that experienced a revival around the 1880s. As opposed to ancient times when silk filters were painted and laid over the glass to achieve color, by the 19th century, the glass itself was dyed. Each piece of colored glass is cut and fused in-studio.
Their fused glass line of home décor items features unique pieces that can never be exactly replicated. Floral and night sky designs draw inspiration from the natural world, while other pieces carry the geometric lines of stained glass without the metalwork.
Alice Calhoun / Copper Curls Sculpture LLC
metal / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Hermann, MO
Alice Calhoun is the imaginative artist behind Copper Curls Sculpture LLC, the Hermann, MO business that designs and creates metal fairy garden sculptures. As the owner and artist, Calhoun grew up in the South where the beauty of landscape is legendary and storytelling is a way of life. “My earliest memory is of creating miniature, magical worlds on tabletops, in closets, and out of doors under great big trees and then guiding my playmates (both real and imagined) through my kingdom. More recent memories are of larger magical worlds on tabletops, in flowerpots, and out of doors under great big trees and then guiding my playmates (sometimes known as customers and fellow artists) through my kingdom (my 12 foot tall copper gazebo).”
Calhoun’s whimsical, copper curly-haired metal sculptures are inspired by many influences, including dance, southern landscapes, English gardens, and ancient forests; by folktales by artists who create mythic landscapes (from Shakespeare and William Faulkner to Howard Finster); and by poetic fiction and narrative painting and sculpture.
Jen Callahan / Artwork by Jen
Paintings, Prints & Fine Art
Hometown: Tappahannock, VA
"Art makes my life even more wonderful than it already is" — Jen Callahan
Jen Callahan is an artist based in Tappahannock, VA who is drawn to vibrant colors and capturing the characteristics and personality of each subject — whether it’s sea life, fairies, horses or African animals — and making them feel as if they’re jumping off the canvas. “My emotions come out with each painting and I tend to use colors that make me happy. Sometimes I disregard what is presented in real life and express it in a different way. Art is a way to share my personality with someone as they look at my paintings. One of art's rewards is knowing that others get joy from viewing my artwork.” Callahan uses water based paints and likes to combine her painting technique between watercolor and acrylics as well as experimenting with different painting surfaces and styles. In 2007, she closed her studio and focused on displaying her paintings at indoor and outdoor art festivals. “I enjoy the thrill of showing my work in new exciting places and currently show at festivals year round.”
Devon Cameron / Gourdaments
misc / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Middletown, NY
Tina Campbell / Halo Dips
Hometown: Mauldin, SC
If you’re looking for a healthy snack for your next party or get-together, Halo Dips is the perfect choice. Created by Tina Campbell and based in South Carolina, these gourmet dip mixes are a cinch to make and taste delicious. Halo Dips goes beyond the traditional onion dip and introduces flavors like spicy curry, bacon horseradish and sriracha chili. They’re all natural – you won’t find any added salt, sugar or MSG – just a collection of different spices that will make your taste buds tingle. Just mix one packet with a cup of mayonnaise and a cup of sour cream, and you’ll have a delicious dip perfect for vegetables, pretzels, chips and more. Halo Dips also offers four different cheese spreads: garlic and sweet basil, bacon tomato, caramelized onion plus zesty garden. Stop by Halo Dips’ booth and try a few samples. We bet you have a tough time choosing a favorite!
Michael Caracappa / Handcrafted Exotic Wood Pens
wood / wood turning
Hometown: Springboro, OH
For nearly 15 years, expert craftsman Michael Caracappa has been handcrafting incredible wood pens that enthusiasts and collectors love. Drawing on more than four decades of experience as a woodworker, Michael’s handcrafted exotic pens use a number of different additional materials to add structure and flair. Amboyna burl, cactus, feathers, Italian Lucite and carbon fiber are just some of the materials you can find in one of his pens. Add in vibrant colors and an easy-to-grip design, and one of these genuine wooden fountain pens will look right at home on your desk.
Michael regularly travels from his home in Ohio to Sugarloaf Craft Festivals to showcase his work. With many different styles and price ranges, his pens will fit the taste and budget of even the fussiest writers. Stop settling for cheap, unimaginative pens from the local dollar store that are just begging to be chewed up, and treat yourself to an exotic wood pen from a master craftsman that writes as well as it looks.
Karen Cardoza / Karen Cardoza Jewelry
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA
Karen Cardoza has been handcrafting fine gold and silver jewelry from East Longmeadow, MA for many years. Her fine attention to detail and unique designs can be viewed and purchased at many area arts and crafts exhibits, including the Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Tim & Sharon Carey
jewelry / gold & silver
Pennsylvania artists Tim and Sharon Carey design fine jewelry. They specialize in delicate designs like earrings that almost look like sun-tipped ripples in a creek. Don’t miss seeing their other works at our festivals!
Seth Carlson / Seth Michael Studio
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Chicago, IL
The gold and silver jewelry from Seth Carlson of Seth Michael Studio dances along a knife’s edge, sharp yet delicate. Fine jewelry like necklaces and bracelets are transformed into powerful statement pieces under this Sugarloaf artist’s masterful hands.
Chicago’s Seth Carlson grew up in his father’s stained glass studio where he began creating jewelry from shards of glass and wire. Those early inspirations carried him to the Savannah College of Art and Design where he studied silversmithing and other metalwork. As an artist in residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he added goldsmithing to his talents and decided to devote himself to both creating jewelry and inspiring others to do so as well. He did his graduate work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied art therapy and founded a metalsmithing group for Southside teenagers. That kind inspiring pedigree is what makes Seth a terrific member of the Sugarloaf Family.
With his dedication to improving the community and skill at making breathtaking pieces of jewelry, Seth is on a mission to show how artists and craftspeople can use their talents altruistically and not just for personal gain. His soft heart beautifully balances the sharp angles of his wearable works of art.
Sharon Carlucci / Carlucci Glassworks
jewelry / glass
Hometown: Reading, PA
When Sharon Carlucci founded Carlucci Glassworks, she knew that she’d have a unique perspective: Carlucci was more of a needle worker, with a background in knitting and embroidery. For this reason, it didn’t take long for Carlucci to excel in glass bead-making, and now her lamp-worked glass beads are highly coveted in the glass community. These fine, hand-crafted glass beads have earned Carlucci a place among the most renowned bead-makers in the world, and Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is proud to have her among us.
Carlucci Glassworks beads are made using an oxygen and gas torch with Italian colored glass rods in Carlucci’s Reading, Penn. studio. The glass is heated around a steel rod and then meticulously shaped and decorated using additional glass chosen by Carlucci herself. The beads are then placed into a kiln to cool and temper. Finally, Carlucci finishes each creation with beautiful wire wrapping to showcase and honor each individual bead. Come and see Carlucci’s beads in person at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals!
Metal / Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Waterford, MI
Kevin Carney / Firehouse Donuts, LLC
Hometown: Springfield, PA
For years, career fireman and EMT Kevin Carney made cake donuts for the annual fundraiser at his local firehouse. The donuts, made from a secret family recipe, were such a crowd pleaser that Carney realized he should start selling them through retail outlets. He teamed up with his brother and opened Firehouse Donuts which distributes the donuts to two dozen select outlets in the Philadelphia area. The donuts come in four flavors: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon and chocolate frosting.
Carney comes from a family of skilled cooks. His mother trained at Cordon Bleu in Paris before starting her own catering business. And his grandmother was recruited by the Irish government to write a cookbook to help people cook satisfying meals with limited food rations. His brother is still involved in the business although Kevin says he wouldn’t dare ask him to make the donuts. Try you favorite flavors at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!
Jeanne & Don Cassanova
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Gold River, CA
Don and Jeanne Cassanova have been creating handmade jewelry using stones sourced from the sea since 1975. Their custom designs combine sterling silver with colorful sea glass - luminescent glass extracted from the ocean. Many of their pendants show small pieces of sea glass encircled by the tentacles of sea animals or embedded in it’s belly.
They can also create custom pieces with clients’ stones and gems. To protect the earth’s natural resources, the Cassanovas do not use any freshly mined stones in their work. They invite you to say hello at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals and admire their environmentally conscious creations.
Claudia Carreon / Claudia Carreon Designs
metal / brass, copper, steel
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Claudia Carreon Designs is an independent accessory studio based in Dublin, Ohio that creates handcrafted jewelry, accessories and small metal art pieces. Owner Claudia Carreon makes each item by hand to create a truly one-of-a-kind feel, and she uses only recycled metals in an effort to keep her business environmentally friendly.
Claudia Carreon Designs pieces are from lead-free, high quality metals, copper and steel, and she crafts her designs using traditional metalwork and jewelry-making skills that she gained during her studies at RIT in Rochester, New York. Some of her standout pieces include scarf rings decorated with ornate filigree and rounded elements, classic hair combs and barrettes that feature the natural beauty of the metals and shoe clips that add some flair to any outfit. Claudia Carreon Designs even creates metal home goods such as picture frames using the same decorative elements and artistic process. A portion of her sales also benefits the Children's Hospital in her hometown of Morelia, Mexico.
Chris Carskaddan / CC Woodworking
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Chris Carskadden creates heirloom wooden bowls and vases intended to serve both functional and artistic purposes.
He uses a variety of rare and exotic woods including cherry, spalted poplar, maple, ambrosia maple, black walnut and red heart. On some he adds intricate hand carved designs or a band of color below the rim. Others are accented with crushed stone inlay in the natural crevices of the wood. Each bowl or vase is carefully crafted to be both usable and beautiful.
At your next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, consider one of these pieces for a distinctive wedding, anniversary or holiday gift.
Nancy Cerdas / nanCdesigns
Hometown: Ridgefield Park, NJ
“Life is too short to wear boring jewelry!” — Nancy Cerdas
Jewelry designer and owner of nanCdesigns, Nancy Cerdas uses a mixed media approach in her jewelry design to incorporate silver, glass, fibers and gems into sculptural wearable art. As a result, her pieces are striking statements with unexpected combinations of materials and textures. Cerdas has always loved creating jewelry and enjoys weaving, twisting and crocheting wire and other materials into one-of-a-kind pieces. Her collection has a decidedly modern quality and the freeform shapes and color combinations make each piece innovative. Her color palette ranges from soothing silver, gold and pearly whites to radiant corals, azure blue and lime green. Her designs are perfect for those who wish to express their vivacious personality without uttering a word. While her designs are bold, they are always refined and have an effortless elegance to them. Based in Ridgefield Park, NJm Cerdas exhibits and sells her jewelry creations at many area fine arts and crafts fairs.
Hometown: Lanham, MD
Laurence Chandler is an American painter specializing in Contemporary Abstract Expressionism. He aims to express complex human emotions and personal experiences in each of his abstract fine art pieces, allowing viewers to put themselves and their own experiences into his paintings.
Chandler is well-known throughout the contemporary art world for his spontaneous painting techniques and his unique style, which focuses on improvisational movements and mixed media choices. He creates his paintings using acrylic paints, fabrics, wire and even found objects to create interesting textures and a recognizable style. Chandler obtained his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a master's degree in education from Coppin State University, so he possesses a wealth of knowledge about art that allows him to experiment with his current works.
Larry Chapman / Larry Chapman Photography
Hometown: New Paltz, NY
Hudson Valley landscape photographer Larry Chapman has long been capturing the exquisite beauty of the outdoors with his camera and eagle-eyed focus. Larry Chapman Photography is based in New Paltz, NY, so many of his subjects are inspired by the unique and recognizable landscape of the Northeast. Chapman captures matter-of-fact snapshots of nature and animals but also offers a broad collection of abstract and fascinating exterior scenes.
In addition to a slew of original landscape photographs, Chapman also studies architecture, people and flowers, so his collection is well worth a visit by all photography lovers. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals has a long history of uniting art-buyers with their makers for a unique, one-on-one experience you’ll cherish forever. To see Chapman’s artwork in real life and get to know our many fine art photographers, make sure to visit an upcoming Sugarloaf event.
Thomas Chavanne / Chavanne's Jewelry
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Oaklyn, NJ
Each piece in Chavanne's Jewelry line is a unique work of art. Jeweler Thomas Chavanne handcrafts pieces in his New Jersey studio using sterling silver, gold and gems. Chavanne's works have an organic feel, with airy swirls of silver dotted with faceted stones, polished semi-precious stones and other accents. The artist uses argentium silver, which has a 93.5 percent silver content. With this newer silver alloy he is able to work into bends, twists and use tools such as hammers to shape each piece.
Chavanne's Jewelry line includes unique pendants and necklaces that will add a sophisticated look to any outfit. Many pieces can go from day to night with ease. The fluid designs you will find in Chavanne's Jewelry booth at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals include fluid designs that are perfect for everyday extravagance.
Jennifer Cherpock / Serenity Ceramics
Hometown: Old Tappan, NJ
Jennifer Cherpock explored many artistic mediums before settling on pottery. After one wheel-throwing class she knew she had found the perfect avenue for her creative expression. She spent a few years learning from highly regarded potters and later moved to southern California to pursue independent work.
Eventually she returned to the East Coast and New Jersey where she teaches ceramics to children and adults. She came up with her own method of adding mineral color to the porcelain before creating a vessel which creates a marbled effect in the finished product. She also offers workshops in her own technique.
Her foremost goal with her work is to remind herself and others to slow down and feed our spirits and appreciate the natural energy of the earth. Her Painted Desert series is meant to inspire feelings of serenity and peace.
Tien-Seng Chiu / Far Eastern Shore Winery
Hometown: Easton, MD
Sample the sweeter side of wines by choosing from Tien-Seng Chiu’s incredible selection of products from Far Eastern Shore Winery. This family-owned, boutique micro-winery is located on the eastern shore of Maryland in the historic town of Easton. Their wines feature a lightly sweet flavor that comes from fruit-infused blends. Traditional wine bases are mixed with fruits like strawberries, cranberries, peaches, apricots, raspberries and dragon fruit to create truly distinctive and mouth-watering flavors. Whether these wines are used as a complement to a meal or simply a refreshment to enjoy while relaxing, they’ll quickly become some of your favorite beverages.
Attending Sugarloaf Craft Festivals and meeting Tien-Seng Chiu in person gives you the opportunity to sample these wines and learn more about each unique blend. Whether you’re a new customer or a loyal fan, be sure to stock up on these delicious fruit-infused wines the next time you attend one of our art fairs.
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Classic form and design is his specialty, but not without a modern twist! Pottery artist Michael Cho creates beautiful ceramic pieces that take on the look of brushed metals finished with a gloss. We’re glad to have his creative vision as part of the Sugarloaf Family.
Each of Michael’s pieces are individually designed and hand-thrown, guaranteeing that no two are alike. After they are dried, Michael sprays each piece with oxides like cobalt, tin and chromium to produce a background base finish of matte metallic black. He decorates each piece with high-gloss glazes that add color and texture before firing n the kiln at nearly 2300 degrees.
In the kiln, the materials undergo a remarkable transformation. The clay hardens like stone, the oxide finish covers the surface like a thin sheet of metal and the glaze brush strokes take on the appearance of glass.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Michael moved to the United States in 1971, where he began to dabble in ceramic arts. By the 1980s, he had his own studio and was well on his way to creating his signature metallic ceramic works.
Hometown: King George, VA
If you love beautiful pieces of pottery, make sure you check out Daniel Christie’s Hot Rock Pottery at a Sugarloaf Craft festival. You’ll love that each piece is carefully made by hand, which ensures that no two items are exactly alike. Christie takes a careful approach when throwing each bowl, mug or vase on his pottery wheel. Each item is slowly shaped to form an eye-catching and beautiful piece of pottery.
But the process doesn’t stop there. Christie is also a gifted painter, so his colorful paint work on each item is what truly sets his Hot Rock Pottery apart. Whether it’s a small teapot, a large pitcher or an oversized coffee mug, there’s an incredible amount of detail added to these pieces. In addition to rich, intense colors, many pieces also feature a texture surface or other additional elements that make them particularly unique. Whether you want a memorable gift for a friend or a new decorative accent for your home, be sure to get some of Daniel Christie’s pottery at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
John Chumack / Galactic Images
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Dayton, Ohio-based photographer John Chumack of Galactic Images creates what he describes as “Astrophotography” by taking photos of deep space that focus on the solar system in an incredibly up-close-and-personal way. His images depict the sun, moons, stars and planets in a way that many people have never seen with their own eyes.
Galactic Images uses film, CCD, DSLR, homemade and commercial equipment to create each photograph, allowing Chumack to take close-up photos of objects that are lightyears away. He funds his own observatories and future imaging projects by selling these images to the public, allowing outer space enthusiasts a chance to catch a glimpse of what Chumack sees in his observations. Since 1989, Chumack has been photographing the night sky using the latest photography and telescope advancements, and he’s traveled the country since that time selling his fine art photos. By focusing each image manually using only his eye, Chumack has developed a true art form with his space photography.
Cindy & Ronald Ciarcia / Cindy Anne Creations
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Bristol, CT
Cindy Anne creates women’s apparel using an ancient wool felting technique called Nuno felting.
To begin, she arranges brightly colored wool fibers to make a beautiful pattern and then applies soap and water to the fibers and carefully weaves the wool into a length of silk fabric. Then the fabric is rolled and rubbed until it becomes a strong, felted fabric. From there, Cindy designs various clothing items such as jackets, tunics, dresses, scarves or hats and each piece with flowers, feathers, buttons and other items to create a stunning addition to any wardrobe.
She has a specific vision in mind for each article of clothing and spends anywhere from one day to two weeks to achieve that vision. In addition to clothing, she has designed handbags and home decor items. All of her items are hand washable.
Lisa Cimino / CHE-ME-NO Jewelry
Jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Brian Clasby / Lone Crow Studio
misc / mixed media
Hometown: Trumansburg, NY
Brian Clasby of Lone Crow Studio is an artist specializing in mixed media photographs and prints carved into glass. By combining screen-printing, photography and painting, Lone Crow Studio is able to create bold and unique works of art depicting people, animals and other subjects.
Lone Crow Studio’s process begins by taking a black and white photograph and printing it on vellum. He then exposes it to UV light in a dark room to toughen light areas of the photo, then rinses it with water to allow it to stick to the glass. Finally, Clasby sandblasts the darkened areas of the image on the glass, using skills he’s honed over time to work with the difficult machine on the delicate glass. The final product is a painted image on glass with a slight Pop Art style, using only minimal, dark colors that stand out against the glass. Lone Crow Studio pieces look beautiful on display, and they can be customized with your own pet or loved one.
Carol Clay & Mac Chambers / Arachne by Carol Clay and Mac Chambers
Weaving, Knitting & Spinning
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Neil Claypoole / Jonathan's Spoons
Something as simple as a wooden spoon can become one of the most interesting items in your kitchen when you purchase one of Jonathan’s Spoons by Neil Claypoole. This collection of handcrafted utensils is made from real cherry wood, giving the spoons a warm, rustic look. Whether you need a slotted spoon for cooking on the stovetop or a pair of salad serving utensils that look elegant at the dinner table, you’ll love the unique designs available from Jonathan’s Spoons.
Besides the large variety of cherry wood spoons, Neil Claypoole has also crafted a number of other handy kitchen utensils. You can get wooden pickle forks, coffee grounds scoops, pot strainers, citrus peelers, chopsticks and so much more when you browse the full Jonathan’s Spoons collection. These carefully crafted spoons add an artistic touch to everyday utensils that make your home a little more colorful and unique. Stop by a Sugarloaf Craft festival to meet Neil Claypoole and see these beautiful wooden spoons and utensils firsthand.
Tess Coburn & Gary Temple / Teresa Crowninshield
Clothing - Silk
Hometown: Easthampton, MA
Tess Coburn and Gary Temple are independent clothing designers who make exceptional elegant womens coats, jackets and skirts. Tess first started designing clothing when she was living in China and working as an English teacher.
Later she apprenticed with a master pattern engineer who taught her old world design techniques. Gary travels the globe sourcing the best silk, wool, cashmere and bamboo fabrics for their line. One of their signature pieces is the Shazer, a short blazer style jacket that serves as a shirt and blazer in one piece.
Their coats are intended to accommodate the busy fashion forward woman. They design with the goal of making clothes practical for daily wear and stylish enough to complete any outfit. All of their apparel is designed and handmade in America.
LaVern Coffey / LaVern Coffey Designs
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Heather Cohen / Textile Design by Heather
textiles & fashion design / accessories
Hometown: Derry, NH
Lois Cohen / Lois Cohen Designs
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Using anodized aluminum, mixed metals and semi-precious stones, Lois Cohen offers an incredible selection of self-expressive, wearable art. This jewelry-maker is based in Merrick, NY, where she hand-crafts each and every piece with eagle-eyed precision and craftsmanship. From funky hand-crafted eyeglass frames to geometric watch bands done in a rainbow of bright colors, Lois Cohen Designs offers the perfect collection for the out-of-the-box collector or stylist.
What makes Lois Cohen Designs stand out is her expressive, colorful take on jewelry design. Her pieces are whimsical, original and a little bit zany! Perfect for the lover of unique jewelry, Cohen crafts some of the most colorful and abstract dangle earrings we’ve seen yet. She also makes incredible wire-twisted statement necklaces and watch bands that are nothing short of conversation-starters. To experience Cohen’s work first-hand, check out the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals schedule and reference the artist section to see when she’ll be with us next!
Kelly Cole / Lilypistol Leather
Hometown: Columbia City, IN
Octavius Coleman / Amzco1987
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Cristiane Coloni / Freecolomani LLC
Hometown: Falls Church, VA
Cristiane Coloni did not always plan to be an artist. She started her working career teaching literature but soon realized that she was more interested in the imagery than in the text.
She creates collages of paint and melted wax. She says says shoppers often think there is fabric sewn into them. In her recent artwork, she is trying to convey feelings of calm and peacefulness.
When she travels home to her native Brazil, she enjoys seeing the graffiti there which inspired a lot of her early sketching. In school, her thesis was the Bible in comic book form.
While growing up she often traveled from Brazil to Chevy Chase, MD to visit her grandmother. On these visits she got to know the artist, Lenny Baron, who inspired her to start creating her own work.
Ken Conger / Ken Conger Photography
Hometown: Lanexa, VA
Award-winning wildlife photographer Ken Conger always has an interesting story to share. He’s traveled to six different continents to capture images of wildlife in their natural habitats. His work has been published in a variety of magazines including BBC-Discover Wildlife Magazine, Alaska Geographic and Birder’s World. A former game warden for more than 30 years, Ken combined his love of photography with his passion for wildlife and conservation and became a full-time wildlife photographer more than 10 years ago. He says his goal “is to capture a unique, intimate, wildlife moment which hopefully will stir emotions and motivate one to consider protection and conservation.” His stunning photography captures animals in their most natural states, catching fish, climbing trees, sunning themselves and caring for their young. Ken excels in bringing his viewers up close and personal in an environment very few people experience first-hand. Stop by Ken’s booth at Sugarloaf Craft Festival to view his beautiful work and perhaps learn more about conservation efforts. Browse his website to learn more about his process and view some of his incredible galleries.
May Conti / Sarapaan
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
The Sarapaan collection by May Conti features an astounding collection of truly unique and colorful jewelry. Made with semi-precious stone beads, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal beads and other beautiful elements, these are statement pieces that will instantly become treasured parts of your personal jewelry collection. It's no surprise Sarapaan translates to "variety" in Thai since Conti's work ranges from pendants to necklaces to earrings and more. There’s a little something for everyone in this gorgeous collection of modern and elegant jewelry by Conti.
Sarapaan jewelry pieces are made with jewels found throughout the world, adding a cultural element to each distinctive design developed by Conti. Be sure to visit a Sugarloaf Craft festival to learn more about May Conti and to see selected items from the Sarapaan collection up close. These items make wonderful additions to your own collection as well as thoughtful gifts for fashionable loved ones.
Robert Cory, III / Cory Glass Works
glass / leaded
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Over 30 years ago Robert Cory took a stained glass course out of boredom. His new hobby soon filled all his free time. Soon between his day job and serving in the National Guard, he rarely had time to finish any stained glass work. He finally quit the day job and now says it was the best thing he ever did. Since the beginning he has made over 1000 stained glass designs. He prefers a low tech process, starting by hand drawing each design at full size.
While in New Mexico for the National Guard, he happened upon a small lapidary store. He bought a few stones with no idea what he would do with them. Later he began experimenting with embedding the stones in his stained glass designs. Nowadays he includes seashells, geodes and mineral specimens in his pieces. He has plans to use some old fossils he inherited from a retired jeweler friend.
Robert enjoys sharing the stories behind each work of art with crafts show shoppers. Stop by and say hello during the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Victoria Cox / Baskets by Vicky
misc / baskets
Hometown: Egg Harbor City, NJ
Vicky’s Baskets are an exciting collection of handmade baskets made from a variety of different types of fabrics, resulting in one-of-a-kind creations to help you organize your home in a fashionable way. They also make wonderful gifts. Based in Egg Harbor, N.J., Victoria Cox is the artist behind these whimsical baskets, which are available in small, medium and large sizes. They’re flexible so it’s easy to store just about anything. They’re perfect for the kids’ toys, knitting supplies, magazines and more. They’re also great way to present wedding or baby shower gifts. Vicky uses a number of different color schemes, which she keeps updated on her website, and also accepts requests for custom made orders if you’d like to create your own color combination. Since the baskets are made using different fabrics, no two baskets are the same, even if you choose identical color schemes. These creative baskets are both attractive and functional, so stop by Vicky’s Baskets and find the perfect one for you.
David Crawford / Wild West Designs
Textiles / Mixed Media
Hometown: Longmont, CO
John Teal Crutchfield / Metallic Art Graphics
Metal Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Richmond, VA
John Teal Crutchfield creates innovative sculptures, jewelry, clocks and decorative items. He combines cutting-edge graphic designs with bright color to create thought-provoking pieces. Each item is made with brass covered with a transparent fiberglass shell and John’s vibrant designs. In his work, he aims to inspire the viewer to step back from the mundane thoughts of everyday life and imagine being in another time or place.
Crutchfield was born in Brazil, raised in Geneva, Switzerland and educated in Europe and the United States. His work has been shown in prominent galleries such as the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York and the Artemis Gallery in Richmond, VA.
Michael Cruz / Knotty by Nature, LLC
wood / wood turning
Hometown: Keedysville, MD
Knotty by Nature features artfully hand-turned wood designs such as bowls, pedestal bowls, pens and hollow forms. Artist Michael Cruz developed an interest in woodworking at an early age, which only continued to grow through the years. After college Cruz apprenticed with a master woodworker, and later developed his unique style of turning bowls, pens and hollow forms.
Cruz uses wood sourced locally, mostly near his Western Maryland shop. Local woods include walnut, cherry, ash and maple. Most of the woods in Knotty by Nature's offering are from trees that have fallen during storms, died naturally, or have been saved from becoming firewood when taken down by arborists. Cruz never cuts down live trees for woodworking. Cruz uses all parts of available trees, however he often looks for particular features in wood such as spalting, burls, curl, ambrosia, bird's eyes and feathering to create his unique works.
Erin & Christopher Csernica / Mt. Lebanon Soap Company
Hometown: Port Murray, NJ
Erin and Chris Csernica made their first bars of soap as wedding favors for their 2010 wedding. At the time, they had no intention of starting a soap company. When their oldest daughter was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, they turned their hobby into a business to build a trust fund for their daughter’s future.
They offer a rotating inventory of 40 seasonal fragrances, including 4 New Jersey-themed soaps. However, their number one seller is Activated Charcoal, which they struggle to keep in stock. Activated charcoal is used in many beauty products because it neutralizes and encapsulates toxins.
Their soaps are made with organic ingredients whenever possible and packaged in recycled cardboard boxes. Erin says the soap studio in their home looks like a bakery with racks and racks of soap loaves laid out to cure for 4 - 6 weeks before they are cut into bars.
Stop by Mt. Lebanon Soap Company at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and take a whiff of these handmade soaps.
Marie Cuozzo / Bear's Nest Studio
jewelry / other
Hometown: West Sand Lake, NY
Marie Cuozzo has been creating works of art since her grandmother taught her to knit at age seven. Her interests turned to jewelry making over a decade ago, and ever since, Bear’s Nest Studio has turned out stunning pieces of handcrafted jewelry fashioned in the ancient art of Kumihimo.
If you’re not familiar with Kumihimo, don’t worry! At Sugarloaf Crafts, we believe in a high-touch experience where customers can interact and talk to the artisans themselves. Come to one of our festivals and you can learn about her process, or study up now to show off your knowledge!
Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese art that translates as “braided cord” in English. These ancient braids are often used in ceremonies, as belts, as purse straps and more. Dating back to the 7th century, it would be several hundred years before weaving fabric in this way wandered into the jewelry world.
For her kumihumi designs, Marie uses a traditional Muradai braiding table, working with glass beads and nylon cords. She also draws inspiration from medieval chainmail, putting a true modern spin on ancient, functional art.