Tye Gardner / Gardner's Wisconsin Cheese
Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Tye Gardner grew up helping run his family’s cheese-making business alongside his 13 siblings. Today his company produces 23 varieties of cheese and sausage. They concentrate on specialty flavors like their best selling Buffalo Wing Cheese and Salsa Jack Cheese.
They also offer a line of convenient snack products such as cheese curds, BBQ, Honey Ham and Teriyaki sticks. The snack products are great for outdoor activities and travel since they don’t require refrigeration before opening. All of their cheeses are surefire pleasers as gourmet gifts or party foods. Look for them in the specialty foods section at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals.
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Terre Hill, PA
Bruce Garrabrandt is a self-taught artist whose overwhelming desire to make art helped him persist through the awkward early stages of developing his craft. At the University of Delaware, he majored in English and started his working career in advertising. But he’d always loved drawing and secretly harboured a dream of making art for a living.
Today he uses colored pencils to draw traditional countryside and Victorian scenes as well as whimsical artwork depicting hilarious scenarios and spoofs of classical art pieces. “Phona Lisa” shows the Mona Lisa clutching a cordless phone and “Out Behind the Smokehouse” shows a trio of pigs smoking cigarettes behind a small building.
Bruce says he used to be a serious artist but that didn’t last. Reaching middle age has shown him the importance of a sense of humor. He’d rather have fun drawing “random acts of artistic nonsense” as he calls it.
He and his wife own The Artist’s Inn & Gallery, a Lancaster County, PA bed & breakfast inn.
George Gatsoulas / George's Handmade Woodcrafts
wood / functional wood
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
George Gatsoulas learned furniture making while working in his father’s cabinet shop in Greece. He also attended technical school to study design. He came to the United States at the age of 25 and continued making high end cabinets for several decades. After he retired, he spent several months learning how to make the small bandsaw boxes he sells at craft shows today. In his mind, he simply went from making big cabinets to little cabinets.
He uses imported and domestic hardwoods. George says he puts a lot of fantasy into his designs. His miniature cabinets have drawers that fan out on each side. On some, the tiny drawers are shaped to resemble the flames of a crackling fire. These boxes are great conversation pieces but they’re also useful for holding jewelry and small trinkets.
Paula Gaynor / Em Plus Me LLC - Paula Gaynor Design
Hometown: So Salem, NY
Paula Gaynor feels fashion should not have to take a backseat to function in the accessories we use in our daily lives. When she started wearing eyeglasses and couldn’t find any eyeglass cases on the market that she liked, she started her own line.
Her cases come in a range of styles, from whimsical to refined and sophisticated. They’re made with the best quality leather and fabrics she can find. Each case has a dense neoprene lining which cushions the glasses, protects them from scratches and helps hold them in the case.
Paula also makes handbags using the same philosophy of attractive designs paired with practicality. In fall 2017, she is debuting a third product line of leather bracelets.
Nolly Gelsinger / Nolly’s Folly Studio
Hometown: Westminster, MD
Cheryl Gendler / Cheryl's Nut Butters
Hometown: Minnetonika, MN
After she bought a Vitamix blender, Cheryl decided to make a batch of peanut butter with some roasted salted peanuts she had on hand. Once she tasted it, her immediate reaction was, “This is how peanut butter should taste!” And in a matter of minutes, she was contemplating selling her nut butters at farmers markets.
She started with just three flavors (peanut, almond and cashew) and gradually experimented with different add-ins and textures. All of her butters are made with minimal ingredients and no added oils. When you see her butters at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, you might notice the oil has not even separated yet.
Her number one seller is Almond with Cranberry, Honey and Cinnamon. People find it absolutely addicting and will eat it by the spoonful. Her second most popular butter is the Almond Butter with Rosemary & Garlic - which many customers are surprised that they actually like! Pistachio Butter is also extremely popular.
Making her own nut butters has opened her eyes to how many strange ingredients are in most commercially sold foods.
Stop by for a taste at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and find out how nut butters are supposed to taste!
Amy Giampoala / Amy's Flying Pig Studios
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Pottery artist and painter Amy Giampoala has unique pottery and inspirational quote paintings on canvas. The Sparta, New Jersey-based artist honed her skills studying fine art education at Montclair State University. It was her time at school where she was able to experiment with different techniques and firing procedures and develop her unique style. Giampoala creates her own glazes, and loves to be surprised at how they turn out during firing in the kiln. Pottery from Amy's Flying Pig Studios includes bowls and vessels with ruffles and floral-like applications. Unique glazes also add detail to some of her pieces, as well as etched textures. The potter also paints on canvas, and has an offering of paintings with darling figures, as well as fun and inspirational quotes.
Hometown: Richfield Springs, NY
Courtney Gillen / Courtney Gillen Jewelry
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Andrew Goad / The Soap Engineers
Hometown: Reston, VA
Narintra Gold / Goldie’s Creations
Pottery Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: West Sunberry, PA
Olga Goldin / Gold'n Ceramics
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Reisterstown, MD
Olga Goldin received her artistic training in her Minsk, Belarus and started her ceramics business after coming to the United States in 1994. Using only her own hands, she crafts an assortment of Judaica and botanical-themed pieces.
Many of her Judaica sculptures honor significant holidays and milestones in Jewish family life, often with a humorous slant. Her best selling pieces are her mezuzahs (house blessings).
Her favorite items are the ones with leaf designs. She collects leaves from her own back yard and uses them to shape clay leaves into shoes, purses, teapots and many other sculptures.
She receives many orders for sculptures inspired by family photos.
Bernice Goodell / Bella Amici
textiles & fashion design / accessories
Hometown: Shortsville, NY
Ahmi & E. Goldfarb
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Barbara Goldstein / Barbara Goldstein Designs
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Hadley, MA
Tamara Gonda Studio
Hometown: Pepperell, MA
Eddie Gonzalez / Apothecary Spices
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
At any social gathering, Eddie Gonzalez is happiest in the role of grill master. He loves experimenting with seasonings and sharing the results with friends and family.
With practice, he learned that the key ingredients for a great grilled chicken are seasoning salt, lemon pepper and garlic powder. After many successful cookouts using this recipe, he decided to package it for wider distribution into a blend he named Eye of Newt.
For many years, he just gave his spice mixes as gifts on holidays and birthdays until finally starting his own company.
Apothecary Spices seasonings appeal to people who like strong, bold flavors. Wing of Bat is also good on roasted chicken, roasted carrots and potatoes. Dragon’s Breath is similar to Eye of Newt but hotter due to the addition of chipotle and white pepper. Not sure which one is your favorite? There’s a sampler pack with all three signature spices.
Newer items are red bacon salt and black bacon salt which are great on salads, root veggies, ice cream, fruit, cheese or whatever you can think of!
Lynne Gordon / Lamps by Lynne
Hometown: Pipersville, PA
Ninika Gordon / Phineas Rose Jewelry
Jewelry / Gold & Silver
Hometown: Madison, VA
Ninika’s parents were also handmade crafters so she has spent her whole life attending craft festivals.
She started out as a jewelry maker in her youth but gave it up when she moved and no longer had a studio space. For 30 years, she worked alongside her husband Richard in his wood joinery furniture making business.
She has returned to her preferred medium with renewed inspiration. She makes hand crafted one of a kind gold, copper and recycled silver jewelry with natural and hand painted stones.
She gets ideas for new designs while hiking in rural Virginia where she lives with her husband, Richard Gordon. Custom orders for wedding rings or specific designs are always welcome.
Richard & Ninika Gordon / Phineas Rose Wood Joinery
Wood / Functional Wood
Hometown: Madison, VA
Richard Gordon and his son Alec, make beautiful dining tables and chairs, rocking chairs, beds, cabinets and other household furniture using traditional wood joinery methods. They use cherry, walnut, figured maple and other domestic hardwoods sourced from the nearby mountains of rural Virginia. Their pieces are unstained to allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine through. All items are coated with a non-toxic tung oil for protection.
Richard comes from a long line of traditional crafters. Richard’s ancestor, Phineas Prat, was the first English guild trained furniture maker in the United States. He and his son, Alec, are 9th and 10th generation craftsmen.
Gold & Silver JEWELRY
Hometown: Burton, OH
Robin Gower / Our Beaded Past
jewelry / other
Hometown: Point Pleasant, NJ
Robin Gower makes intricately patterned beaded jewelry and accessories using Japanese and Czech seed beads, Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and handmade and blown glass. As a retired professor of medieval history, she draws inspiration from European and Russian royalty of long ago. She also incorporates Celtic, Viking and Egyptian designs.
Robin was a winner in Bead & Button Magazine’s 2017 Design Challenge with her bead-embroidered collar embedded with labradorite cabochon. Her goal in creating is to make the most exquisite piece she can possibly make with the best quality stones and beads. Though this approach is time-consuming, Robin wouldn’t have it any other way. She is passionate about her work and is constantly looking for opportunities to expand. Come take a look at her incredibly ornate designs at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Laura & Steven Gray / Ice Box Jam
Hometown: Allentown, NJ
Laura and Steve Gray use treasured family recipes to make freezer jam. Their family has been making freezer jam with produce from the family farm since the 1920’s. Friends have been telling them to sell their jam for years. After watching an episode of Shark Tank, they started talking seriously about starting a business and decided to go for it.
Freezer jam is entirely cold-processed with fresh fruit, pectin and a handful of other ingredients. These jams have less than half the sugar of most jams while still retaining all the natural fruit flavors. Icebox jam is so low sugar that Type 1 and 2 diabetics can enjoy it. A serving is rated 1 point in the Weight Watchers system.
Available in flavors like Apple Blackberry, Cranberry Orange, Cranberry Apple and Pumpkin Pie and a dozen other flavors, these jams work well on pancakes and waffles, mixed into cream cheese or yogurt, with ice cream and in salad dressings. They can also be used as a flavoring for water, tea or coffee. A spoonful of Pumpkin Pie jam stirred into a cup of coffee creates a fantastic latte!
Stop by during the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, but be warned - 90% of tasters buy it!
misc / mixed media
Hometown: North Bergen, NJ
Hollie Graze makes mosaic home decor items including frames, mirrors and wall art. She designs her pieces to be lightweight for easier wall hanging.
She uses stained glass, vitreous glass, beads, rhinestones, ceramic tiles and mirror glass in her work. Since mosaic art is so durable she imagines many of her pieces will outlive her.
She creates all her designs without a pattern, preferring improvise as she goes. With mosaics people often want to touch the artwork and Hollie encourages festival shoppers to examine the texture of her work.
She lives outside New York City and finds inspiration in the abundance of public art in the area as well as from nature. Working with broken glass carries certain hazards. She has to be constantly vigilant that her cat (Molly) and people don’t walk on broken glass without shoes. It’s all worth it though when she thinks that someone may appear on Antiques Roadshow someday with a Mollycat Mosaic they inherited from a grandparent.
Paul Grecian / Paul Grecian Photography
Hometown: Quakertown, PA
For Paul Grecian, photographing the natural world is a meditative process. He wants to capture the feelings of fulfillment and grounding he derives from nature. In his words, “I enjoy abstraction and realism equally, and find the space within a dewdrop as wonderful as a whole expanse of landscape.”
In addition to taking photos with standard modern equipment, he did a botanical series using vintage lenses. These photos exude a special “softness and quietness” which he really likes.
Paul has many favorite places in south eastern and central Pennsylvania and other East Coast locations where he happily immerses himself in nature. He says the conversations he has with art collectors are what make being a full time artist so fulfilling.
His photography has won numerous awards and appeared in many calendars, magazines and coffee table books.
Jason Green / JG Designs
Hometown: Boone, NC
Barbara Greenberg & Walter Jacobus / Wallnut Hill Crafts, Inc.
Hometown: Grassy Creek, NC
Barbara and Walter started their company in 1976 at the urging of their jewelry making friends. They’d head out to art shows in an old Volkswagen bus with their booth strapped to the roof. Walter’s father had been a woodworker and Barbara knew how to do macrame. Over time, they acquired more woodworking tools and expanded their line to include dimensional puzzles, Jacob’s Ladder toys, birdhouses, clocks, vases, candle holders and other items.
About 75% of their raw material is recycled or reclaimed wood, mostly chestnut rail fence wood that would otherwise be burned or left to decay. Over the years, they have recycled 50,000 chestnut rails into attractive and useful household items and children’s toys. One year, they inherited 60,000 feet of lumber from furniture factory.
Their crafts are shown in galleries and museums all over the country.
Janet & Kevin Guillory / Ufhoven Fleece Hats
textiles & fashion design / accessories
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Ufhoven Fleece Hats, operated by Janet and Kevin Guillory, make whimsical handcrafted fleece hats, scarves, stocking hats, mittens and other items to keep children and adults snug and warm all winter long.
Their Berber fleece face hats, in sizes XS to L, are their most popular item. These hats are machine washable and reversible so they can be worn as face hats or regular hats. They also make hooded towels and blanket/pillow sets for children.
Janet is the grandmother of seven grandchildren. She started her handcrafting business to allow her to spend more time with them.
Cathy Guss / Jewelry by Cathy Guss
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Staunton, VA
Cathy Guss began making jewelry when she was 11 years old by making seed bead jewelry for herself and her dolls. She realized early on that jewelry making would be her life’s work.
Five decades later, she is just as excited about her work, still looking for ways to create innovative designs. She did her first juried art show in 1977. She enjoys meeting people at the shows and re-connecting with people who collect her work.
Check out her work at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. If you don’t see exactly what you want, feel free to talk to her about a custom design. Cathy is always happy to make new pieces using your preferred stones and design modifications.
Yasar Guzel / Uteamup LLC
Hometown: Dayton, OH
The artisans of Copper Reflections use an ancient copper crafting technique to create stunning handmade jewelry and gifts. All of their items are silver plated and diamond cut then coated with a clear acrylic to prevent tarnishing. The artists use a method called ‘diamond cut’ to make their jewelry sparkle as if it had real diamonds in it.
Their designs are inspired by the Native American traditions and the natural world. Animal lovers will be delighted by their horse, hummingbird and cat designs. Aside from jewelry, they also make Christmas ornaments, jewelry boxes, card holders, pill boxes, bookmarks, money clips and cowboy belt buckles.
The copper crafting techniques they use are hundreds of years old. They believe they are the only jewelry makers in the world today using these techniques.
Copper jewelry is sometimes used to ease arthritis pain. It is called the Fountain of Youth for it’s ability to improve skin elasticity and minimize wrinkles.