Hope Jackson / Hope's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Hometown: Woodbine, MD
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
Janet Jindela / Sunflower Leather
Hometown: Belchertown, MA
Janet Jindela is part of a family team that makes up Sunflower Leather in Belchertown, MA. Sunflower Leather has been designing and hand crafting fine leather purses, handbags, briefcases, wallets, totes and more in every size, design and color imaginable for many years. “Each piece is individually handcrafted by us right here in the US. Designing bags is my favorite part of the business, and there are always plenty of new styles each season along with the old favorites.” Jindela’s eclectic assortment ensures everyone is able to find their signature handbag that reflects their style and fits their needs.
“Our concept is to give the customer a bag that is simple in appearance, but one that becomes a favorite because it's so functional and soft. Some of our best ideas come from listening to what customers tell us they would like to see in a bag. We're happy to work with you to change a pocket here, or a strap there to make one of our bags work better for you.”
Sunflower Leather has extended their business to make belts, which they sell at some of the many artisan shows they attend along with their handbags. They use harness leather and work with each customer to find the customized fit.
Mette Jensen / MBGDESIGN
jewelry / other
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Scandinavian-born Mette Jensen is dedicated to creating innovative, contemporary wearable art, which is exactly the right kind of artisan we want in the Sugarloaf Family! Her millefiori beaded jewelry and ornaments are beautiful, intricate pieces that radiate both joy and sophistication.
Growing up in Denmark, Mette was fascinated by design, flowers and colors, and loved helping her mother plant and tend her garden. Her childhood fascination flourished and grew (pun intended!) and she went through the rigorous four-year schooling process to become a florist.
Her plant and flower muses followed her to the United States in 2007, when she moved to Bethlehem, Penn. with her family. She experimented with several other jewelry-making processes before she discovered handcrafted millefiori beads. She put floral arrangements in a vase for another day and leaned right into jewelry craft. Two years later, much to our delight, she started MBGDESIGN.
Each bead is made from polymer clay, meticulously layered and formed to achieve unique designs that never look quite the same way twice. Meet Mette at one of our festivals and find out more about her creation process!
Gregory Johnson and Donna Gilbert / Pottery for Living
Hometown: Gainsville, GA
Donna Gilbert and Greg Johnson make hand thrown white stoneware pottery for dining, crafts, flower arrangements and more. All of their pieces are made with food safe glazes and all are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. Everything is fired at 2340℉ resulting in a smooth finish that cleans easily.
Donna and Greg did pottery only as a hobby until Greg felt an urgent need to change careers. When the time came, they jumped in with both feet. Today they have a full product line including casserole dishes, olive oil bottles, brie bakers, cracker dishes, soup mugs, pie plates, covered yarn bowls, ikebana vases and other items.
James Johnson / Indigo Turtle
jewelry / other
Hometown: Fulton, IL
James Johnson of Indigo Turtle handcrafts porcelain jewelry - pendants, earrings and bracelets - accented with 22 K gold, platinum gold and Swarovski crystals. Each item is fired 3 to 5 times, resulting in a sturdy, lightweight jewelry piece which is fade and tarnish proof.
For years, James made mostly traditional ornamental pottery pieces with a few jewelry items on the side. Over the years, he transitioned away from larger pottery pieces to more and more jewelry. He is still adding new items all the time, such as essential oil diffuser pendants, mini pendants and mandalas accented with Swarovski crystals.
He values truly handcrafted work and hopes the wearer will feel the love and care that goes into creating each piece of jewelry.
Indigo Turtle was featured in Artisan Jewelry times. Designing Women’s Delta Burke uses one of his ginger jars for her beloved dog’s ashes.
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
Don Jones, the creative mind behind Turned Wood by Don Jones, is a favorite at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, so much so that he gives free wood-turning demonstrations throughout the day to guests. Don harvests his own wood and only uses pieces native to Pennsylvania and Maryland. He starts with raw pieces of dogwood or honey locust and oils them to enhance their natural color. Then he places the raw wood blocks in the wood turner and uses different gauges to sculpt his design. Stop by his booth and see his incredible sculptures and keepsake boxes. And be sure to catch one of his demonstrations so you watch in detail how he creates each piece.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Anita Jordan / Twice As Nice
textiles & fashion design / accessories
Hometown: Boxford, MA
Hometown: Lawrenceburg, KY
Katie Joya channels her passion for nature through her camera lens. She’s especially fascinated by the tiniest elements of nature, a drop of water or the eyes of an insect.
She loves using her camera to magnify minuscule things which most people rarely notice. Her desire to capture these magical moments sometimes means early mornings, crouching or lying on muddy earth and painful encounters with thorns and poison ivy!
Katie lives in Louisville, Kentucky where she allows the flora, fauna, sun and rain show her what to photograph.