Stephen Fabrico Designs
Hometown: Bloomington, NY
Hometown: Bloomington, NY
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Hometown: New York, NY
Preserving culture with genuine Native American jewelry
Staying true to Native American culture, Jose Farinango's Southwest Expressions jewelry tells an important story by using traditional materials. Jose selects turquoise and opal stones, then he carefully hand cuts the stones, showcasing each with his sterling silver designs. Jose expresses and preserves his cultural heritage in each beautiful piece. Start your collection today!
Hometown: Budd Lake, NJ
Based in Budd Lake, New Jersey, artist Richard Feier creates wooden sculptures and collectibles under the name Rdworks29. This independent studio is based in Feier’s home workshop, where he creates home goods, culinary accessories, stationery items and many other objects out of fine, handcrafted wood.
Rdworks29’s wood-turned vases are smooth and seamless, doing with wood what many artists can only do with clay. Feier also creates smaller items such as bottle toppers and shaving brushes using the same wood turning techniques, which allow him to get a truly flawless finish and smooth, shining exterior that brings out the grain of each type of wood. His pieces are just as functional as they are beautiful, with desk clocks, candle holders and magnifying glasses that are perfect for displaying in an office or on a shelf, and his kitchen items such as mahogany rolling pins and stainless steel butter spreaders bring a unique beauty to everyday items.
Hometown: Emmaus, PA
Hometown: Cortland, NY
Edward Feldman creates ceramic pots, platters and drinking vessels for everyday use. He is inspired by the communal spirit created when people come together over shared meals.
While growing up in a working class family Edward grew accustomed to fixing and making things to suit his needs. He’s continued to be extremely self-sufficient, not only mixing his own clay and glaze, but also building his own kilns. He learned to build kilns from his mentor, John Jessiman. A tile company in China invited Edward to build a soda firing kiln for their artists’ residency.
He fires his work using the soda firing technique practiced in 14th - 16th Century Germany because it allows him greater design possibilities. His work is in the permanent collection at the Foshan Contemporary Ceramic Art Research Center in Foshan, China.
Hometown: Fresh Meadows, NY
Hometown: Wood Heights, MO
Kathleen Fenton began painting in her early teens using Bob Ross’ Saturday morning PBS show Joy of Painting as her main instruction.
She didn’t share her passion for art with anyone until years later when her 8 year old daughter wanted to have art classes during her sleepover party.
Kathleen started holding weekly art lessons for children and opened Gallery Off Broadway in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. The gallery welcomes both children and adults to view others’ artwork and learn to paint their own masterpieces.
Kathleen’s paintings are richly textured wildlife and nature studies. With a liberal dose of color and multiple layers, she tries to pull the viewer into the painting.
Hometown: McAllen, TX
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind eclectic piece you won’t find anywhere else, you’ll love DaNisha Sculpture. A husband-and-wife duo, Dan and Nisha Ferguson use ceramic and bronze to create beautiful bowls and whimsical miniatures and that will look stunning in any room. Their work is a true collaboration: Nisha draws and paints the designs and Dan sculpts the final product. They offer a stunning array of sculptures, many focused on animals, that feature intricate designs down to the last detail. Their collection of custom city bowls have vibrant, almost cartoonish, depiction of city skylines wrapped into a ceramic bowl. With bowls representing Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, Miami and more, they make wonderful gifts for city natives. Stop by DaNisha Sculpture for an up-close look at some of the most interesting sculptures you’ll ever see and meet with the artists to learn more about their inspiration and their process.
Hometown: Winter Park, Fl
Dawn Ferguson makes decorative porcelain pottery items for everyday use. As the youngest child of eight siblings, she enjoyed many large family gatherings. She especially likes making serving bowls and platters because she loves what they represent - people coming together to share a meal.
She spent many hours working in the garden with her mother and wandering in nearby woods. Her pottery designs are inspired by these memories. At holiday shows, she brings animal-themed ornaments in addition to her other pottery.
In 2015, she was named Outstanding K-12 Ceramic Educator by the National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts. Later she was elected chair of the Potters Council Advisory Board which allows her to impact pottery mentorships and education initiatives around the world.
Hometown: Seagrove, NC
Hometown: Aston, PA
Thomas Ferrie is most known for his Sack Back Windsor Armchairs which are reproductions of the style common in colonial American life and into the 19th Century. The same style of chair is on display at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
He also makes stools, benches, walking sticks, beer and wine caddies, pens, lighthouses, bowls and other items. One of his newer items is a six pack beer caddy with space in the center for a Freez Pak to keep the bottles cold.
Another of his chairs, the Comb Back Armchair, was selected for the Art of the State juried exhibit at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.
Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland
Carrie Fertig leads a dual continent and dual medium creative existence. For three months of the year she creates enamel, copper and glass ornaments to sell at craft shows in the United States. The other nine months of the year, she resides in the United Kingdom and creates sculptural installations, performances and films at churches and other prestigious venues.
She learned glass flameworking from traditional master crafters in Lauscha, Germany. From them, she learned to make her glass icicles from Borosilicate glass.
Her ornaments have a variety of historic, mythological and religious connections. Some are inspired by magnificent architectural design such as the Rose windows in the Cathedrale Ste. Croix in Orleans, France and St. John the Divine in New York City. Others bear Celtic knots or Griffins, which are winged creatures with a lion body and eagle head. They are treasured as powerful symbols of protection.
Her best selling ornament is a hand-hammered star ornament inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson story, The Fir Tree. The star looks battered and misshapen but still shines brilliant gold, like the human soul. Carrie hopes it reminds people of our innate resilience which we can call on in challenging times.
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
There’s nothing quite as delicious as farm-fresh foods, and these Farm Fromage artisan cheeses from Howard Field are no exception. Each one of these delicious cheeses is handmade in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The result is a selection of world-class cheese that are made by those with a passion for organic, artisan cheese bursting with natural flavors. These products range from traditional options like cheddar and pepper jack to more unusual flavors like sheep feta, beer-washed tome and mushroom leek jack cheeses. Made in small batches on the farm using fresh goat, cow and sheep’s milk, each product is guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful.
Just one sample of Farm Fromage will have you hooked, so be sure to check them out at an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival. Field will be on hand to answer your questions and give you expert tips on the best ways to enjoy each and every one of these flavorful artisan cheeses.
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Lisa Firke creates acrylic paintings using a technique similar to the Old Masters’ grisaille style of painting. She begins with a black canvas and paints a white underpainting on it. Next, she adds multiple layers of translucent color until she achieves the desired effect.
She categorizes her work as “folk modern” for the way it resembles Mid-20th Century styles and decorative crafts like embroidery and Tole painting.
Customer favorites include her Topiary series depicting animals made from shrubs and vine and her Books & Ladders series which shows children reading in trees and other imaginary settings.
Today, Lisa works out of the home she lived in as a child where she finds renewed inspiration for the themes and imagery that populated her childhood.
Hometown: Kensington, MD
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
If you prefer jewelry that has a raw, natural look, you’ll love this collection from Rona Fisher Jewelry Design. Fisher’s creations incorporate asymmetrical pieces that are inspired by the flow of water over stones. There’s an undeniable organic sensibility to her creations that make them utterly eye-catching and uniquely elegant. The fact that the designs also feature more natural-looking elements with industrial metals add an urban edge to each piece.
You’ll find a wide array of items available from Rona Fisher Jewelry Design, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. Fisher also creates some men’s jewelry and can craft custom pieces for her customers. Each piece, whether custom or not, is crafted completely by hand to add a one-of-a-kind feel. To see Fisher’s work in person, be sure to seek out Rona Fisher Jewelry Design at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Phyllis Fitzpatrick has been creating and selling her artwork since elementary school. While working for the Baltimore Zoo she would frequently paint murals for various exhibit areas. One day in the 1990’s, she was asked to paint animals on an ostrich egg which would be presented as a gift to then Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Soon other zoo employees and their friends and family wanted her egg art too. Each egg is hand painted from scratch with acrylic paint. The shells are thicker than other eggs which makes them sturdy enough to paint on. She gets her eggs from various ostrich ranches in the southwest. The ranches drill a hole in the infertile eggs to drain them and then ship them to her in Maryland. Come say hello at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and see these amazing egg paintings up close!
Hometown: Taylorsville, KY
Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Bovano of Cheshire’s slogan is, “Glass and Metal Sculptures Fired by Imagination," and that’s just what you’ll find from this Cheshire, Connecticut studio. The company began in 1952 with handcrafted enamel sculptures, and since then, it’s been passed down from generation to generation. Today, the family-owned company is run by Jim Flood, who continues to make the same intricate enamel sculptures as Bovano of Cheshire made from the very beginning.
Bovano of Cheshire now occasionally uses modern technology to craft its intricate enamel pieces, while still maintaining the same handcrafted quality. The company specializes in using copper enamel to create small sculptures of nature scenes, botanical displays and marine life. They also create sculptures of boats, hot air balloons and other unique hobbies that make wonderful gifts to last a lifetime.
Hometown: Phoenicia, NY
Lynn & Alan began selling hand painted children’s clothing on the streets of New York City in the 1970’s. On weekends, they would set up shop on the ledge of a building in Soho and sell out every week.
In 1981, they named their company Babytoes after the Carl Sandburg poem of the same name. They’ve since branched out to offer clothing for adults and children from newborn and up. Their patterns are cut and sewn in Allentown, PA and dyed and painted in Phoenicia, NY near where they live. All of their clothing is preshrunk, machine washable, and generously cut.
Over the decades they’ve had many fruitful partnerships including arrangements with La Mirage Hotels, Disney, Macy’s and U.S. Army stores. The Jackson Pollack Museum sold children’s clothing with the Babytoes splatter design.
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Janet Ford grew up in the tranquil surroundings of a small Ohio farm with an abundance of beautiful gardens and plant life everywhere she looked. Her watercolor paintings are filled with the same floral themes and scenes of country life she enjoyed as a child.
She chose watercolor painting as her preferred medium while working toward an art degree at Ohio State University. She’s known for her exceptional mastery of color development.
Her work is included in the book, Best of Watercolor Painting (Rockport Publishers Inc.) and appeared in American Artist Magazine and on the cover of South East Farmer Magazine.
Come say hello during the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and see her watercolor paintings in person!
Hometown: North Tonawanda, NY
Hometown: Long Island City, NY
Sara Freedenfeld’s jewelry design philosophy is centered on the importance of feeling deeply connected to everything she does. She enjoys the challenge of creating complex designs and gets lost for hours trying to navigate a new design from vision to completion. "My intention is to delicately unite the natural simplicity of handcrafted artistry with the sophistication and glamour of high fashion."
Each piece is created by hand in Freedenfeld’s Armali Jewelry studio using mechanical connections to combine 18-karat gold chains and precious and semi-precious gemstones. Her designs are distinguishable by the intricately woven highly reflective chain used to create rich textures with plenty of movement.
Sara’s passion for the art of jewelry making was fueled by a backpacking trip through South America where she had firsthand experience in how jewelry is crafted by artisans. In the Andes Mountains of Chile, she learned to combine natural elements with knotted strings to form wearable art. In Venezuela, she met an artist who taught her how to link and mold metal. Drawing inspiration from the natural landscapes and vibrant textiles that colored her travels, Sara set out to create a line of jewelry that reflects her complex aesthetic vision.
Hometown: Plainview, NY
Joan Friedland, founder of Royal Cuteness, a clothing boutique that specializes in one-of-a-kind tie-dyed garments, has been designing clothing for women and girls for more than 20 years. Based in Plainview, N.Y., Joan takes pride in old-fashioned craftsmanship and custom designs each piece. Her clothing is tie-dyed and decorated by hand, resulting in an original piece you’ll love to wear. Joan loves to experiment with different color schemes, and her collections feature everything from muted tones like green and lavender to vibrant explosions of color in red, blue and yellow. Her clothing line includes tank dresses, tunics, gaucho pants, capris and more, so you have plenty of choices when it comes to style. Many of her pieces are hand-decorated with appliqued flowers or peace signs for an added touch of pizazz. Royal Cuteness offers exciting styles made from high-quality fabrics that you can’t find anywhere else, so stop by and meet Joan and take home what will soon become your new favorite piece!
Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
Inspired by the beauty and life found in the natural world, Scandean Jewelry uses raw materials such as gemstones, seashells, and sterling silver to hand make each piece. The colorful stones used and style of jewels highlight the contemporary elegance of Scandinavian designs.
Hometown: Richmond, VA