Sonya Mackintosh / smARTWORKS, Inc.
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Sheffield, MA
If you’re a fan of color, texture and pattern in your clothing, check out smARTWORKS, Inc. at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. This Sheffield, Massachusetts-based textile and fashion design company creates bold, fun scarves handmade in the US by owner Sonya Mackintosh, all of which are perfect for just about any season.
smARTWORKS, Inc’s scarves are made of luxury fabrics like Merino wool, cashmere and 100% cotton, creating a feeling that’s just as soft and cozy as these scarves are beautiful. After getting her BA degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design and working quite a few jobs within the world of textiles, Mackintosh began smARTWORKS, Inc with the hopes of owning her own business and designing her own creations. Since 1994, smARTWORKS, Inc has grown to include a slew of loyal customers, and Mackintosh continues to make each piece by hand in her studio in the Berkshire Mountains.
Jill MacLaren / Liztech Jewelry
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: East Stroudburg, PA
Whether you’re looking for jewelry to give as a gift or to add some color and pizazz to your own collection, Liztech Jewelry creates casual yet elegant pieces that can be worn for just about any occasion. The brand’s creator, Jill MacLaren, has 28 years of experience in the art world, and today, she crafts all of Liztech Jewelry’s pieces by hand in her small studio in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Liztech Jewelry began in 1985, and since then, it’s amassed a large local following around Eastern Pennsylvania. Liztech’s pieces are charming and whimsical, with a mirrored architectural laminate made of aluminum, polyethylene and electroplated chrome that has become the brand’s signature. Many pieces also feature vintage glass stones to accent the sturdy look of the laminate material. Liztech Jewelry now makes cuff bracelets featuring rows of multicolored stones, laminate pins and draping pendant necklaces that can be worn separately or together.
Scott Macklin & Marty Bobroskie / Fantasy Jewelry
Gold & Silver Jewelry
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Sculpture & Jewelry
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Lucile Martin / Lucile Martin Jewelry
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Reisterstown, MD
Reisterstown, Md.-based Lucile Martin has been designing fine jewelry since 1992, and carving out her reputation for fine-quality jewelry-making with Sugarloaf Craft Festivals along the way. What sets Lucile Martin jewelry apart is the maker’s unconventional approach — each piece of jewelry in her ever-evolving collection is a complete individual. Martin is known for embracing imperfections in gemstones and pearls but contrasting that with a decadent take on high-quality gold and silver finishes.
Lucile Martin fine jewelry is marked by a simple yet stylish signature, with a large selection of handmade gold and silver jewelry that celebrates the Earth. This beloved jewelry maker crafts her pieces from quality materials like 18-karat gold and oxidized sterling silver for a long-lasting finish. Pieces are celebrated for their sculptural, fluid shapes and individual details that make each a one-of-a-kind. All Lucile Martin jewelry is hand-fabricated in the artist’s Maryland studio. Make sure to visit an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival to see Martin’s creations up-close.
Katya Madden / Katya's Convertibles
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
For more than 20 years, designer Katya Madden of Katya’s Convertibles has been making multifunctional “convertible” jewelry for those who have difficulties with clasps. We’re happy to have her intense magnetic clasps as part of the Sugarloaf Family!
Katya and her partner Tatyana Cleopatra spent many years living and designing in New York, creating jewelry out of difficult-to-access Russian amber. Bringing so many women joy with their beautiful designs combining amber, gold, crystals and gemstones inspired them to make handmade jewelry for people of all abilities. They work with fine materials such as gold, silver and various types of gems and stones.
It shouldn’t be hard work to put on accessories, according to Katya. Some women may face certain challenges putting on their jewelry. The tiny clasps can be difficult to see and maneuver if you have limited mobility. Katya’s strong magnets join up together quickly and easily, so you don’t have to worry about whether your necklace or bracelet is fully secured.
Even though she moved to Florida in 2016, Katya has “no plans to let go of thousands of fun Sugarloaf customers!”
Note: Do note wear magnetic jewelry if you have a pacemaker or other battery-operated medical device.
Shandor Madjar / Madjar Designs
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Hailing from Colorado Springs, Colo., Madjar Designs brings multi-dimensional gold and silver jewelry to the Sugarloaf experience. Founded by Shandor Madjar, Madjar Designs offers what the artist calls “dynamic designed multi-form jewelry.” Using only the finest sterling silver and semi-precious stones, Madjar’s work truly exemplifies artisan jewelry: every piece is a genuine one-of-a-kind and backed by a lifetime guarantee. Madjar’s work fuses the artist’s love and skill for sculpture, metalsmithing and mechanical engineering.
Madjar Designs offers rings, pendants, brooches, bracelets, chains, earrings and accessories made with quality and care in the artist’s Colorado Springs home studio. In addition to exquisite fashion pieces, Madjar Designs also offers a collection of kinetic jewelry, including truly impressive opening rings designed to bypass the knuckles, so they’re perfect for arthritic fingers. They also make motion jewelry, which features spinning components and interchangeable parts that bring soothing movement. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is pleased to host Shandor Madjar at various shows throughout the year.
Mary Maguire & Eric Jaeger
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Wisakon Woods is the mid-life career pivot for Army veterans Eric and Mary Jaeger although Eric has been a hobby woodworker all his life. While still living in Iowa, the pair bought an independent woodcraft business from an Iowa couple who had been running it for many years. Soon after, the Army relocated them to the Washington DC area where Eric still serves on active duty.
Together they make beautiful wooden food prep boards including cutting boards, cheese boards with wire slicers, mezzaluna boards for cutting herbs and end grain boards. They also offer wine bottle toppers, cribbage game boards and, on request, military display cases. The food prep boards are made with domestically-sourced black walnut, maple and steamed cherry woods and occasionally exotic wood from South America.
Wisakon Woods’ cheese boards with wire slicers incorporated are one of their most popular items. The wire slicers cut blocks of cheese easily and evenly as you’re ready to eat it. This makes it easy to keep a big block of cheese fresh until you’re ready to eat it.
Marek Majewski / Baltica Amber Jewelry
Gold & Silver Jewelry
Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
Rezgar Mamandi / mannapottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Lombard, IL
Rezgar Mamandi’s Manna Pottery is a reflection of the timeless power of good design. Each sculptural or functional piece is a reproduction of 7th century originals from an ancient civilization. This Sugarloaf artist really takes his vision back to his roots.
In Rabat, his small hometown of in northwest corner of Kurdistan, Iran, Rezgar grew up surrounded by ancient artifacts dating back to 7th century Mannea civilization. While he draws inspiration from all over the world, influence from the civilization’s artifacts found in archeological sites runs through everything Rezgar creates. Plates, trays, vases, jars, decorative tiles, cups and more become a unique kaleidoscope of colorful mandalas and floral patterns.
Each piece is one-of-a-kind made using lead-free, high-fire oxidation glaze and colors. All dinnerware is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.
“Art has the power to touch you deep in your soul,” Rezgar notes on his website. “It stirs the emotions and connects you with creativity and beauty. Art is available to us in everything we do; it is a creative way of being.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Raymond Mancini / Artistic Collage
Hometown: West Long Branch, NJ
Raymond Mancini creates digital collages of his own drawings and paintings of iconic locations, religious images, schools and universities. Through his creations, he wants to take the viewer back to a significant moment or period of time in their life.
His collage techniques are inspired by a 1950’s style of Italian paintings in which the artist painted over a photograph. His mother owned one of these paintings and he would study it and wonder how they created such a unique effect.
Using the drafting skills he learned while studying to be an engineer, he began layering images and combining various techniques to create his own style of digital collage.
One of his early pieces ended up in a gallery which led to a request for a collage of Asbury Park, NJ. Since then he’s gone on to create collages for other New Jersey, New York and Chicago landmarks and resorts.
His Victorian collage is inspired by Winslow Homer’s painting “Long Branch, New Jersey”. Raymond grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey.
Janet Mandel / Janet Mandel Art Studio
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Kennedy, NY
Wildlife artist Janet Mandel draws inspiration for her unique animal sketches and photographs from the antics of her own animals. This Kennedy, NY-based fine artist works from the many reference photos she’s taken in the wild, whether it be at the zoo or in her own backyard. Her collection of animal-inspired artwork includes her Animal Mandala collection, featuring a series of acrylic paintings based on the mandala, an ancient technique involving repetitive design in a circular form. The result is a beautifully symmetrical piece that evokes contemplation.
Mandel is also revered for her collection of bird paintings and custom-made commissioned pet portraits. She often showcases a selection of original animal paintings at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals as well as archival, limited edition reproduction paintings that celebrate her unique work at a great price point. Stop by the Janet Mandel Fine Art booth at the next Sugarloaf event to find even more animal fine art, including framed reproductions, greeting cards and more by this popular artist. You’re sure to be captivated by each piece’s unique beauty.
Frank Maniscalco / Lilly's Allure
jewelry / other
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Women and men alike will love the hip vibe of Lilly’s Allure leather bracelets and accessories. Feeding off the creative energy born of an American fashionista and a Colombian earth mother, Frank Maniscalco designs and crafts each bracelet with a “one world” view that draws from the influence of Europe, South America and everywhere else he’s found illumination. With genuine American braided leather as a base, Frank adds an assortment of metal cuffs, clasps, beads and other flair that jazz up your bracelet.
In addition to wrist bracelets and ankle bracelets for both genders, Lilly’s Allure also produces boot cover and necklace collections with the same distinct warmth and personality. From charm double necklaces to sport bands, Frank knows exactly what people are looking for in their fashion accessories. Inspired by the rebel spirit of the 1960s, but with a modern sensibility, these natural leather creations are made for all times. Stop by the Lilly’s Allure booth at Sugarloaf and you’ll see why people around the country rave about their designs.
Lynne Manning / Bartholomew's Brilliant Boxes
misc / mixed media
Hometown: Hull, MA
The past meets the future in the astounding lamps and clocks produced by Bartholomew’s Brilliant Boxes. Lynne Manning, along with Bart, spends their days combing through auctions, flea markets, junkshops, attics and basements searching for vintage trinkets that no one would ever think to repurpose into a desk light or time piece. And then she does just that, repurposing old motors and gears, toys, tools and anything else the can find into unique boxes and lights that put the fun back in functional.
Lynne is inspired by steampunk and industrial aesthetic, using antique parts that come together into modern utilities. While Bart supplies the technical know-how that makes these functional decorations actually function, Lynne supplies the creative vision, thinking outside the box (pun intended) to realize the whimsy behind each piece. Ever seen a desk lamp made from an old rotary phone or tea kettle? How about a clock topped by a human skull wearing aviation goggles? You can purchase things like these and much, much more wherever you find the Bartholomew’s Brilliant Boxes booth at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Iris Mansard / Raincoat Lady
Textiles / Clothing
Hometown: New York, NY
Iris Mansard is an international fashion designer but to her ardent fans, she’s known as The Raincoat Lady.
After attending university in Munich, Germany, Iris went to Paris and learned about handweaving. She realized right away that she would find fulfillment in textile design.
Her raincoats are a sublime merger of high fashion and durable function. Made from a lightweight, breathable, washable, crease resistant fabric, they’re comfortable and attractive in any weather. She offers a 10 year warranty on her fabrics.
Her line features capes, jackets and coats in knee, calf and ankle lengths, with and without hoods. She enhances her designs with geometric patterns, trims and hand-painted flourishes.
Caroline Manzo / Manzo'd with Children
Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ
Though she’s recently started a fast-growing homemade soap business, most people know of Caroline Manzo as one of the famous “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” As a result of her popularity on that reality program, she now has her own Bravo show called “Manzo’d With Children” that details the daily ins and outs of being the matriarch of a loving, loyal and sometimes unpredictable Italian family.
She’s come to be known as a relatable wife and mother on TV, but Manzo’s talents extend far beyond her own household. Today, her online shop, Friendly Monkey Soap Company, is attracting new fans from around the world. Her artistic forays have even been featured on “Manzo’d With Children” in Season 3 Episode 4: Crafts Sales and Orgy Tales, where she first debuts her soaps at New Jersey’s Sugarloaf Craft Festival. Manzo continues to feature her soaps and bath bombs at other Sugarloaf art shows, and her products can be found on Instagram @friendlymonkeysoapco.
MANZO'D WITH CHILDREN
Season 3 | AIR DATE: Sep 25 9/8c
While Caroline and Lauren stay home in Jersey to focus on business, the Manzo men and Vito meet up with Greg Bennett for some boys bonding in Las Vegas. Caroline's nerves are on edge as she takes her soap-making hobby to the major leagues at NJ's Sugarloaf Craft Festival, where she quickly realizes that she is in way over her head. Meanwhile, an angry Lauren stews over frustrations about Vito leaving town during an important time for her. Finally, Chris and Albie both find themselves in sexy situations that have the entire group gasping in disbelief.
Jana Margeson / Black Cat Beads
jewelry / polymer
Hometown: Galena, OH
Jana Margeson is the owner and founder of Black Cat Beads, a handmade jewelry company that specializes in polymer clay beads. The brand’s aesthetic is fun, vibrant and colorful, and because each piece is designed and made entirely by hand, you can be sure that your jewelry is truly unique.
Black Cat Beads features polymer clay beads decorated with swirling patterns of bright color, including neon pink, purple and yellow. These eye-catching beads dangle from otherwise simple, understated silver hooks or strands, creating a stylish dichotomy that allows the beads to shine. This type of chainmaille jewelry is made from Black Cat Beads’ own Argentium sterling silver findings, and when she isn’t featuring her signature polymer beads, she often accents her jewelry with Swarovski crystals or other fine gemstones. Look for this Galena, Ohio-based jewelry designer at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Robin Markowitz / SDJ Designs by Robin Markowitz
jewelry / glass
Hometown: Rockville, MD
SDJ Designs by Robin Markowitz brings a unique selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry to Sugarloaf. This Rockville, MD jewelry-maker uses vibrant kiln-fired glass complemented by sterling silver, gemstones and pearls to create striking charms, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings that are ideal for casual and formal wear. Markowitz offers a wide range of unique color and texture combinations to complement a variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional. SDJ Designs jewelry is crafted with care in Markowitz’s Rockville studio.
Markowitz has been crafting handmade jewelry for over 25 years. This inspirational maker credits her fascination with color and detail for her success. The resulting work is a collection of mixed-media jewelry that’s textured and unique, and each piece is a 100 percent one-of-a-kind. Every heirloom-quality piece is designed to be passed down from one generation to the next. Stop by an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival and check Markowitz’s schedule to buy SDJ Designs jewelry to add to your collection.
Loren Maron / Loren Maron Ceramics
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Loren Maron Ceramics is an Ossining, New York-based pottery company run by Loren Maron. Maron has more than 25 years of experience in the ceramics industry, and she works almost exclusively in porcelain, creating sleek, detailed works that are both beautiful and functional in the home. She earned her BFA from Syracuse University, where she studied under many respected potters, and she is an Associate Artist at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York.
Loren Maron Ceramics’ pieces are fired in kiln at cone 10, which is more than 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Currently, Maron is focusing on hand built tray forms with unique textures, including rectangular borders, dotted patterns and etched lines that combine to form a multifaceted piece. These trays feature rich yet natural colors like deep gold, soft turquoise and light purple. Many of Loren Maron Ceramics’ trays even feature natural scenes of flowers, insects and trees against their textural backgrounds.
LeAnne Marquis / LeAnne Marquis Jewelry
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Conesus, NY
“While in art school, I felt like I was in heaven. I truly found my calling.” — LeAnne Marquis
LeAnne Marquis owner of LeAnne Marquis Jewelry received her BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and has stayed true to her passion for fine art through painting and the art of jewelry making. Marquis creates unique designs in a variety of organic shapes and colors that range from vibrant to earthy. The gemstones used in her jewelry are handpicked for their beauty and uniqueness. A design may originate from the inspiration of a gemstone or a simple organic shape. “My latest pieces are created using a torch to heat-treat copper to the point of achieving stunning color. I call this process "fire painting" which feels to me like painting on canvas, and the colors achieved blow me away. Each piece is designed and handcrafted by me and each one an individual work of wearable art.”
Marquis has been a featured jewelry artist in galleries in New York, Annapolis and Easton, MD, and her jewelry has also been featured in several publications, including Just Jewelry in 2010 by New Art Review, a juried art publication featuring new and emerging talent, Rochester Magazine, Syracuse Wedding Magazine, and ROC Living and Central New York — The Good Life Magazine representing Skaneateles Artisans.
She travels with her husband to many art shows throughout the country exhibiting and selling her pieces.
Renata Mastroti / Renata Mastroti Pottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Edgewater, MD
Renata Mastroti came to the United States from her native Brazil to apprentice at Rochester Folk Art Guild in New York. She met her husband there and eventually they settled in Annapolis, MD. She worked in many artistic mediums, including majolica painting before discovering the thrill of making wheel thrown pottery.
She worked in retail and craft centers before starting her own home studio. She makes functional stoneware pieces, including plates, bowls, teapots, trays and mugs adorned with leaf imprints and her own hand carved designs.
While creating new stoneware, she often imagines how each piece will be used to entertain and enhance others’ lives.
Tafadzwa Matinenga / DomboArt
Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Carol Matthai / Carol Matthai Photography
Hometown: Owings Mills, MD
"Capturing the Natural Beauty of the World Around Us" — Carol Matthai
With an eye for detail and artistry, photographer Carol Matthai captures life’s breathtaking moments with a click of her camera. Matthai is inspired by nature and many of her photos are of natural landscapes, birds, animals and trees. Living in Owings Mills, MD, she travels with camera and equipment in hand ready to memorialize nature’s most captivating moments. What is most moving about her photo collection are her “action shots.” Her eagle-eye precision allows her to get a shot of an eagle with its wings open as it’s just about to take flight; a honeybee covered in pollen as its resting on a sunflower; and a duck mid snooze with his eyes resting closed for a moment.
Matthai exhibits and sells her photography at many area fine arts and crafts shows. Browse her extensive collection at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Christie May / Deneaux Design
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
Jewelry maker Christie May is the mastermind behind the beautiful and exquisite works of art under the Deneaux Design name. Based in Palm Beach, Fla., Christie May continues to shake up the fine art jewelry world with exquisite, hand-crafted necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and more. Deneaux Design jewelry is crafted from quality gold and silver and finished with semi-precious stones and other materials for an elegant and unique look.
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals proudly hosts Christie May and Deneaux Design at some of our annual festivals, and we welcome you to come see, feel and purchase this one-of-a-kind jewelry at an upcoming Sugarloaf event. Explore our complete collection of featured jewelry artists to see more fine-quality, maker-made jewelry for sale at our juried art and craft shows. We’re sure you’ll find something you’ll wear and cherish forever at Sugarloaf.
David Maynard / La Shot Photography
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
David of Maynard of La Shot Photography's workshop is quite large. He considers the world his workspace, and many of his photos are a result of his travels with his family. There is something for everyone who loves nature and landscapes. His photos include cottages in the English countryside, mountains in the Adirondacks, close-ups of spring florals and the changing colors of fall.
Maynard spends time in his darkroom to print every image with meticulous care, to be sure each one matches his original vision. Each print is signed by the photographer. Each photograph is then dry mounted and double or triple matted framed in scoop wood frames. La Shot Photography also prints images on canvas with archival inks, with a UV protective coating applied to maintain images without fading. Photographs in the La Shot Photography collection are taken with an eye toward capturing a scene in that perfect moment with lighting focus. The eye of the photographer offers a look at some quaint scenes that make great wall pieces for your home or office.
George McCoy / GRM Custom Leather Design & Repair
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Brooks and Janis McCutchen / Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm
Hometown: Charlemont, MA
Brooks McCutchen is always excited to offer the finest real maple syrup straight from the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Working from the family farm, Brooks handcrafts every bottle of syrup, from trekking out to tap maple trees in deep snow to packaging the final product in a glass bottle for your pantry. Every syrup from Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm is “single-crop, single-batch”, with each new batch truly original from the one before or after. As such, their inventory is always changing depending on what the maples have in store.
From the confectionary taste and smooth finish of light golden amber to the stout, full-bodied bite of black amber, Brooks has something for every sweet tooth. The character of the sap is constantly changing from season to season, and his syrups embrace this variance in every unique batch. Pick up a bottle of your favorite amber color at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, or get a sampler pack to try out everything they have to offer. Pancakes will never have been as much of a delicacy as when they’re covered in Sweet Gold.
Gregory McDougle / The Doggie Deli
Hometown: Burton, OH
Merlys McGraw / The Merlys Collection, LLC
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Looking for a new and innovative way to accessorize? Merlys McGraw has you covered with her unique designs from The Merlys Collection. The idea of glammed up ears is a trendy new way to wear jewelry, but few people are interested in adding lots of painful piercings in order to achieve the look. Fortunately, The Merlys Collection features a number of beautiful and ornate earring designs that wind up the side of the ear from a single piercing in the earlobe. It’s even more gorgeous than an ear cuff and so much more comfortable to wear. Best of all, each style features some combination of gorgeous elements, including yellow gold, silver, natural stones, crystals or pearls.
Inspired by the sighting of a shooting star across the South American sky, The Merlys Collection blend McGraw’s love for handmade native art and innovative technology. A wide variety of her designs can be viewed at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, and customers will also have the chance to talk with McGraw about her artwork and the potential to create custom designs.
Melanie McKenney / Vegetabowls
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Grand Island, NY
Nature is the true inspiration behind Melanie McKenney’s unique Vegetabowls. Each of these earthenware bowls is slip-cast from a mold made from a real vegetable or fruit. This allows the unique and organic features of the food to translate through to each piece. Whether you want a bowl inspired by watermelon, pineapple, squash, cantaloupe, pumpkin, onion, lime, tomato or another tasty treat, McKenney has come up with a wide range of gorgeous designs that feature those perfectly imperfect and undeniably natural shapes produced by your favorite produce.
Vegetabowls are painted by hand using non-toxic, food-safe glazes that reflect the vibrant colors used to replicate actual produce. The fact that these bowls resemble real fruit and veggies make them extra fun to use for serving meals and hosting dinner parties. See the full Vegetabowls collection and get a chance to meet the artist by attending a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Robin McLaughlin / Stonecrop Beadworks
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Kingston, NY
Stonecrop Beadworks is an independent jewelry design company owned by Robin McLaughlin of Kingston, New York. The company describes its jewelry as “Beadwoven Gemstone Jewelry,” offering natural and organic pieces made using off-loom weaving techniques.
McLaughlin weaves each piece of jewelry without the use of a traditional loom, choosing instead to weave each piece by hand for a more intricate appearance. She then accents her Stonecrop Beadworks necklaces with wooden beads, semi-precious stones and Japanese seed beads to create an elegant yet natural look. Each Stonecrop Beadworks piece features soft, muted colors and organic shapes, including small mandala pendants, beaded bracelets with geometric patterns and tube-shaped earrings with alternating bead colors. If you’re looking for jewelry that is truly special but still casual enough to wear every day, try Stonecrop Beadworks.
Charity Mendoza / Fire Gypsy
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Fata Mensah / Fas Marketplace
Hometown: Germantown, MD
As a child growing up in Liberia, Fata Mensah watched her mother and her employees working in her home-based sewing business. She turned to them for help making dolls and doll clothes.
Throughout her childhood, she was surrounded by many creative, nurturing family members who taught and inspired her to develop her talents.
From her father’s international travels she learned to appreciate crafts and culture of foreign lands. Her father encouraged her to believe she could accomplish anything she set her mind to.
Today, Fata is a mother to three children who serve as frequent inspiration and product testers in her current work of creating cloth dolls, doll clothes, plush animals, animal hats, storybooks, travel kits and tote bags for children.
Roz Menton / Creative Southwest Designs
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Nissequogue, NY
The southwest provides inspiration for beautiful works of art, but for Roz Menton it is a way to express her heritage. With a mother that was part Cherokee and a great-great grandfather that was a Cherokee faith healer, Menton has the spirit of the southwest flowing in her veins. That serves as the inspiration for her Creative Southwestern Designs collection.
Menton puts her own spin on southwestern jewelry, creating necklaces, bracelets and pins that embody the southwest. While she has lived many places, Menton says Albuquerque was her favorite spot, something she tries to include in her designs. As such, Menton only uses authentic stones in her work, including turquoise, lapis and hematite. "I try to carry unique, one-of-a-kind items, in a wide price range,” she says.
Visit a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival to see a wide variety of her work in person and meet the artist behind these designs. Menton can share with you the stories behind each design, letting you know why each one is special.
David Meshberg / In the Dark with Dave
Hometown: Danielson, CT
Matthew Messenger / Twisted Wire Artisans, LLC
Daniel Messick and Casey Haas / Dependent.Creations
Hometown: Newport News, VA
Rodney Meyer / Willow Creek Pottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Waynesboro, PA
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania-based pottery studio Willow Creek Pottery makes handcrafted, functional pottery and decorative Raku pieces. Artist and owner Rodney Meyer has been making pottery for more than 40 years, beginning his career in high school in Portland, Oregon and later studying Fine Arts in college. Today, Willow Creek Pottery makes useful bowls, mugs and other home goods using the background of the Cumberland Valley as Meyer’s inspiration.
Willow Creek Pottery uses simplicity and elegance of form in each of its ceramic pieces, which include casserole dishes for cooking, teapots and mugs for your morning cuppa and honey jars for storing kitchen essentials. All of these pieces are lead-free and are dishwasher and microwave safe. For decorative items, Willow Creek Pottery creates classic candlesticks, vases and platters. These pieces are Raku-fired in two distinct glazes: either copper metallic or a clear crackle. The result is a cohesive line of ceramic goods that are distinctly Willow Creek Pottery.
Golie Miamee / Golie Photos
Hometown: Reston, VA
David Micelotta / Through the Eyes of David
Hometown: Farmingville, NY
David Micelotta, owner of Through the Eyes of David, a fine art photography studio in Farmingville, NY, captures nature’s fleeting beauty though his unique photography. Though he leans toward nature photography — trees, wildlife, streams, sunsets and more — he also shares an affinity for cityscapes and nautical photos. To the delight of his customers, Micelotta prints his work almost exclusively on canvas. “At one time I sold framed pieces, but switched to canvas because my customers love canvas. I print them all on 1 ½” gallery wraps so the customer doesn’t have to worry about framing the piece and it gives the piece more dimension,” explains Micelotta. “I love the color reproduction and the gamut the Fredrix canvas produces.”
“I get the same quality in gamut and detail in both papers and canvas due to the calibration between monitor and printer. After I print the canvas and let it dry, I coat it with a varnish and it tends to saturate the color 10-15 percent more than the fine art paper and gives it more gloss, which I like,” says Micelotta.
Micellota also creates more abstract pieces he calls Fracture Art, a technique he developed using five different graphics software programs. “It starts with a photo that I bring into the five different programs and then apply formulas I’ve create in each. The outcome is the Fracture Art, and then I adjust those formulas from there to change the look slightly,” he says.
Micelotta travels throughout New York and neighboring states showcasing his creative masterpieces.
Joan Michlin / The Joan Michlin Collection
Patricia Mika / Treadled Threads
textiles & fashion design / weaving & knitting
Hometown: Center Harbor, NH
Haley Milicevich / Ginger Taylor Candles
Candles & Wax Sculpture
Hometown: Shingle Springs, CA
Callie Miller / Q. Miller Handmade Jewelry
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Q. Miller Handmade Jewelry is testament to the fact that Sugarloaf Craft Festivals truly draw artists from far and wide. Based in Bozeman, Mont., Q. Miller jewelry was founded by designer and artist Marcia Q. Miller but is now primarily operated by Marcia’s daughter Callie Miller. Q. Miller designs are known for their primitive aesthetic and are inspired by the shapes and imagery that pre-dated modern language and text. Because of this, all Q. Miller pieces have a distinctly down-to-earth and rustic feel.
Family-owned Q. Miller Handmade Jewelry primarily works in mixed metals, soldering shaped red brass, sterling and copper wire onto sheet pewter, and then hand-stamping the surface with small symbols. The pieces are then polished to a high gloss and embellished with semi-precious stones, glass and metal beads. You can view Q. Miller jewelry, brooches, hair pieces, cufflinks, and belt buckles at an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Make sure to check out our schedule to plan your next trip to Sugarloaf!
Dee & Michael Miller / D&M Wooden Flowers and Vases
wood / wood sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Saline, MI
Heeding the wishes of many who hope they can enjoy their favorite floral arrangements forever, Dee and Michael Miller, owners of DM Wooden Flowers and Vases in Saline, MI, have been designing and crafting wooden flowers and vases since 1998. Made from bass wood, a soft carving wood, each flower is shaped to realistically capture the beauty that only nature can create. Each flower is brightly painted using seven to ten acrylic colors in a range of shades and tones and then coated with a white wax. These forever-lasting flowers can be complemented with Dee and Michael Miller’s collection of wooden vases. Each vase is crafted from a variety of different types of wood and finished with exquisite attention to detail. The ultimate goal of the owners of DM Wooden Flowers and Vases is to present each customer with bouquets that bring the same vibrancy and joy that fresh flowers bring. Meant for indoor decoration or for outdoor areas that are protected from the elements, DM wooden flowers and vases also make a special gift for recipients on many milestone occasions.
Jane Miller / Fresh as Paint
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Chester, NJ
Women and children alike will love the comfort and durability of Jane Miller’s handmade casual clothing. Jane established her children’s clothing line more than 30 years ago, fueled by her own creativity and applying the lessons learned as she raised two children of her own. Named after an old expression of her great grandmother, Fresh as Paint sweatshirts, baby sacs, dresses and other items are made from 100% cotton and are designed to grow with your child. With hand-dyed colors such as kiwi green, raspberry and periwinkle, plus hand-painted decorations that add a cute touch, this clothing more than lives up to its name.
Eventually her children’s clothing became so popular that adult women began asking for their own clothing line. To meet this demand, Lady Jane Designs was born, creating jackets, shirts, pants and more that follow the same quality standards while using fun and colorful fabrics that add style to any woman’s wardrobe. Find Jane at any of our fabulous Sugarloaf craft shows and experience her soft, long-lasting apparel for yourself.
Hometown: Budd Lake, NJ
When Mark Miller bought a metal print at a craft show, he quickly realized he could be selling his own photographs. Each year, Miller and his wife travel to Europe, Hong Kong, the Philippines and elsewhere. While traveling, Mark takes thousands of pictures, a tiny fraction of which are sold at craft shows.
He says he doesn’t have the latest camera and he isn’t especially interested in fancy technology. What he does have is a good eye for photo composition and a willingness to ask other photographers for tips to improve his technique.
Mark likes taking cruises since this makes it easy to photograph many cities on one trip. His favorite destination is whichever one he visited most recently. His photography time is limited since he also works as a call center manager during the week.
Out of his thousands of photographs taken in Paris, Holland, Belgium, Amsterdam and other locales, his best selling photo (and also his favorite) is of an Amsterdam storefront with bright yellow doors and table of potted plants on the sidewalk.
Nanako Miller / Nanako, Inc.
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: New York, NY
Ask any fashionable New Yorker and they’ll tell you that one of the hottest local designers is Nanako Miller. With her aptly named lined of clothing, Nanako, this designer has come up with a range of beautiful, minimalist pieces for fashionable women everywhere. You can look just as style-savvy as a hip NYC native when you wear any of these elegant pieces from Nanako. Whether it’s a structured jacket or a chic layered top, Nanako’s clothing options are all designed with fashion and function in mind. These pieces are carefully crafted from high-quality materials to create comfortable, effortless wardrobe staples you’ll find yourself wanting to wear again and again.
Find the perfect Nanako piece to add to your personal collection at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. You’ll also find that these beautifully made clothing items make excellent gifts for your fashion-forward loves ones. Attending one of our Sugarloaf art fairs gives you the chance to meet Nanako Miller, the artist behind this distinctive fashion line.
Paul Miller / Irma and Paul's Designs
wood / functional wood
Hometown: Brockway, PA
One of the most interesting parts of Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is seeing how artists like Paul Miller blend different styles. A woodworker, Miller creates beautiful furniture in a style he has dubbed “Amish Fusion.”
As its name suggests, Miller’s style takes the techniques used in Amish furniture making and blends them with other techniques. The end result is a beautiful and unique product that shows Miller’s ingenuity and craftsmanship. Miller exclusively uses Appalachian hardwood, which gives each piece of furniture a rustic finish that adds beauty to any home.
Miller specializes in full dining sets. Since every dining room is different, Miller can customize any order to fit any size room. He creates furniture that families want to gather around and then pass down to the next generation.
Find Miller’s excellent work at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival where he and other artisans can tell you the inspiration behind their work.
Tony Mitchell / Mudd Pottery
Hometown: Eagle Springs, NC
James Mofhitz / Humorous Clocks
Hometown: Marshfield, MO
In the 1970’s, Jim worked at NBC as manager of film production. He oversaw the accounting for TV shows like Little House on the Prairie, while making clocks as a nighttime hobby. Initially, he made large specialty clocks but once he started doing shows full time, he created a line of gift clocks that were more affordable.
He made his first humorous clock for his Polish son-in-law. In place of the numbers 1-12 on the clock face, this clock had: One-ski, Two-ski, Three-ski, etc. He introduced other funny clock designs in his gift line and soon that was all customers wanted.
At arts and crafts shows he enjoys watching customers spend 15 - 20 minutes in his booth chuckling as the read all his clocks. His anthropologist clock lists 12 types of bones instead of hours of the day. On the anesthesiologist’s clock, the numbers gradually fade out. The newly weds clock shows the numbers on their side so that the clock can only be read while lying down.
Other popular clocks are the drinking-themed ones, the left-handers clock and all the occupation-themed clocks.
Keith Mohney / Keith’s Custom Woodworking
Hometown: New Albany, IN
Seymour Mondshein / Maple Leather Company
When he was just 11 years old, Seymour Mondshein started making bags in the back of his father’s fur shop in Newark, N.J. He took courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design, all while perfecting his leathering technique. He met Lisa Martin when she became the textiles artist-in-residence at Peters Valley Craft Center, also located in New Jersey, and Maple Leather Company was born. The couple prides themselves on creating functional bags that are both durable and stylish. From ergonomic backpacks that take the stress off your back, to high-end shoulder bags made of the finest leather and textiles, the quality, not to mention the selection, can’t be beat. Seymour and Lisa pay close attention to the small details, such as car key pockets, that make a world of difference when it comes to convenience. All of their bags are designed to help you stay organized in your daily life without sacrificing style.
Susan Moon-Bobbitt / New Traditions Jewelry
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Willits, CA
Susan Moon-Bobbitt of New Traditions Jewelry is a gold and silver jewelry maker based in Willits, California. She and her husband John have been making jewelry together for more than 25 years, and today, New Traditions Jewelry is known for its creations made of fine gemstones, 14K gold and quality sterling silver.
The timeless designs from New Traditions Jewelry feature classic prongs, simple lines and the natural beauty of each gemstone to create truly organic pieces that still feel bold and eye-catching. By using jewelry casting techniques, the makers ensure that each piece is entirely original. Here at Sugarloaf craft festivals, we’re proud to carry New Traditions Jewelry pieces such as rings, necklaces and bracelets featuring smoky quartz, blue topaz, cultured ruby and many other unique gemstones.
Bob & Jeannie Moore / Bittersweet Herb Farm
Hometown: Ringgold, VA
Janice & Rick Moore / TJR Artwork
Hometown: Bryan, OH
Lucy Moore / Lucy's Toys
textiles & soft sculpture / toys
Hometown: Anniston, AL
Lucy Moore’s stuffed toys began as a hobby, but quickly became a business. Lucy’s Toys plushes, puppets, comforting blankets and more, feature super soft synthetic fur that is perfect for snuggling.
When she was a schoolteacher in 1967, Lucy took up designing and sewing as a creative hobby. With children in mind, she started making stuffed animals and puppets, adding synthetic fur blankets to her repertoire in 1968. Bolster, decorative and floor pillows soon followed! For 50 years, she’s dedicated her craft to producing quality, handmade and affordable toys as well as other comforts for children and adults.
Worried about little ones loving their stuffed toys a little too much? When their best friend, Teddy, goes everywhere with them, he’s bound to start to get a little crunchy! Lucy’s Toys are machine washable and air dryable! With the right care, your plush or blanket will stay furry and durable for years to come.
Melanie Moore / Melanie Moore Designs
misc / accessories
Hometown: Maiden-on-Hudson, NY
Melanie Moore makes eye-catching hair ornaments - French combs, hair sticks and snoods. A snood is a fabric netting which is wrapped around the hair. Her ornaments are made with nickel silver, brass, sterling silver and wood with vintage bead and lace accents.
She often saw women wearing similar elegant hair accessories in Europe but couldn’t find anything comparable in the U.S. Once she started making and wearing her designs, she received many compliments and and questions about where to purchase them. She began distributing to Madison Avenue boutiques and then bigger names like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorfs and Neiman Marcus jumped on boards.
The retailers pressured her to make the accessories more cheaply. So she decided to sell directly to her customers rather than cheapen the product. At shows, Melanie has the opportunity to show her customers how to use her combs and sticks in person.
Stop by Melanie’s booth at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals and maybe try one of her accessories on yourself!
Tanya Moore / Art By T.
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Kent Morgan / House of Morgan Pewter
metal / brass, copper & steel
Hometown: Mount Airy, NC
If you’re looking for pewter goods at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, check out House of Morgan Pewter. This Mount Airy, North Carolina-based company is run by Kent and Martha Morgan, who first saw pewter work when visiting Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. Since then, the pair have learned to cast small pewter objects by teaching themselves the ways of working with pewter.
Today, House of Morgan Pewter creates more than 500 different pewter objects made entirely by hand using the same age-old techniques. The pair sells these pewter items to give as gifts, display in the home or keep as collectible items, as well as key chains, necklace pendants and other useful pewter objects. From basketballs and music equipment to holiday-themed objects and all kinds of animals, you’ll find a House of Morgan Pewter object that reflects your unique interests and personality.
David Morrison / Dave's Woodcraft
wood / wood boxes
Hometown: Concord, NH