jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Sugarhill, NH
Hometown: Sugarhill, NH
Hometown: Lincolnton, NC
When Wayne Parker and his wife Julia found Whispering Willow Soap Co. in 2010, they sought to instill their values in every apothecary product, offering the total package for like-minded focus. With three core principles as their driving force, the Parkers are making waves in personal care. Each product they sell is Sustainable, Natural and Beautiful, using organic ingredients and recyclable packing whenever possible; avoiding scents, colors, synthetic preservatives or other artificial additives; and making sure their products look as great as they work.
From these guiding principles, Whispering Willow now offers a variety of quality personal care products, including bar and liquid soaps, candles, shampoos, moisturizers and lip balms. All of them are crafted with the utmost care, with Wayne and Julia never making or selling a product they wouldn’t use themselves. In addition, they work to improve the world at large by donating 10% of all profits to charity. Traveling to the Mid-Atlantic from North Carolina, the Whispering Willow booth is a must-stop for anyone at a Sugarloaf craft show.
Hometown: Milford, NH
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Stelios Paraskevas, a Norwalk, Connecticut-based artist, is known throughout the area and beyond for winding, weaving, braiding and crocheting copper wire into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Born in Cyprus, Paraskevas developed a loved for working with copper thanks to the abundance of the metal available in his country. “Copper is a wonderful material to work with. It’s soft and easy to bend in shapes, yet when plated, it gets hard. Electroplating provides a multitude of colors, ranging from copper to bronze to gold to silver and many other striking hues. Plating also prevents the materials from tarnishing or changing color over time.” Paraskevas creates exquisite ear, neck, wrist and waist adornments.
Often working seven days a week, all of his jewelry is handmade from ordinary wire of various gauges in circular or flattened form using simple tools such as rollers, hammers, pliers, tweezers and a soldering iron. “I love my work. I love working with my hands and my mind,” he says. “I love to make new designs with copper — compared with other metals it’s more satisfying and not expensive. That helps to keep my work enjoyable and my products more affordable.” Stelios’ design philosophy is to keep it simple. “I’m using a pure, warm, natural metal for simple designs that complement and enhance those who wear them. Besides, simplicity sells.” He and his wife, Carol, run the Norwalk, Connecticut-based business called Stelios, Inc.
Hometown: Conway, MA
Roxanne Parent of Roxie's Studio lives in Conway, Massachusetts, where she works in a ceramics studio overlooking acres of rolling hills. Parent has more than 28 years of experience creating ceramics, initially painting designs for other artisans before creating her own line of hand-painted ceramics, Roxie's Studio.
Roxie's Studio creates quirky, realistic ceramic works that embody the look and texture of fabric. Her folded cheese platters and spreaders are made from slabs of clay with a “fold” of a handle, and they feature hand-painted designs inspired by the beach, animals or country scenes. Roxie's Studio also creates truly unique vases featuring the upper torso of a shirt, including the folds of the collar, the buttons and even the fabric effect of a tie draping onto the table. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or a quirky addition to your own home, shop Roxie's Studio at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals.
Hometown: Rochelle Park, NJ
Kyoung-Joa Park uses thick rayon and wool yarns in an array of vibrant hues to create spectacular scarves and unique scarf necklaces. Each piece is hand-knotted and styles include billowy layers as well as stunning flower knots that will look beautiful for any occasion. Kyoung-Joa uses a variety of different fabrics, giving each scarf a different level of texture and dimension.
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
With nearly 50 years of experience under his shutter, photographer Sam Pathi brings to the Sugarloaf Family a wealth of creative knowledge, natural artistic ability and plenty of amazing stories. Incredibly, these days you’ll find him capturing images the “old school way” with a large format 4x5 camera.
He may be based out of Baltimore, but the Sam Pathi Photography gallery shows that Sam is anything but rooted. His images evoke the sense that we’re all on a route going somewhere, many of them featuring paths in the woods, charming European streets, stairways and rivers. Sam’s quest for capturing beautiful art has taken him all over the world frequenting national parks in the southwest US, plus England, Amsterdam, France, Spain and Italy.
Sam’s son, Eric, penned the following brief note on Sam’s website, highlighting just a few of the reasons we are happy to have him as part of the Sugarloaf family:
"My father is ‘old school’ still photographing with a 4x5 camera. He never ever thought of making his images available online. He's a people person and prefers to know each client personally."
Come get to know Sam at one of our festivals!
Hometown: Waynesville, NC
Teresa Pennington creates colored pencil drawings that capture the landscape, wildlife and notable landmarks along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
She drew 4 series highlighting the house and gardens of the Biltmore Estate. Other classics include Grandfather Mountain, Cold Mountain and Mabry Mill, one of the most popular sites along Blue Ridge Parkway (at Mile 176).
Her signature image is a pink Lady’s Slipper, an orchid native to the Blue Ridge region, in memory of her mother. She sells originals, limited edition prints, mini-prints and cards. She also accepts custom orders for music boxes featuring her artwork.
Have a glance at Teresa’s work at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. You just might recognize one of your favorite Blue Ridge scenes!
Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Bruce Perlmutter is a woodturner based in Red Bank, New Jersey. Perlmutter began learning the art of woodworking when he was a child, but he fully delved into woodturning in the 1990s, when he bought his first lathe. Today, he is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Jersey Shore Woodturners and creates hand-turned wooden bowls and art pieces full time.
Bruce Perlmutter’s works feature organic shapes and attempt to bring out the natural beauty of the wood that he uses. He creates smooth, seamless bowls with accent rims, natural edge bowls that feature the true shape of the sides of the wood and hollow vessels made with matching finials. Equal parts form and function, Bruce Perlmutter’s woodturning creations are beautiful pieces to display in a home.
Hometown: Greenville, TN
James Perry began working with leather in 1969 while still a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After college, he moved to Knoxville, TN and opened a leather good retail outlet at the University of Tennessee. He met his wife, Rombye, in Knoxville and she came on board the business. Within a few years, they quit retail to concentrate on selling at arts and crafts shows along the East coast.
Over the years, the Perrys have enjoyed the face to face interaction with thousands of customers who they’ve come to think of as friends. Each Cordwainer leather purse or piece of luggage is hand stitched by one of the Perry family. Their two grown daughters work on the business with marketing and crafting tasks.
In addition to making handcrafted leatherwork, the Perrys raised 80 cattle on their Greene County, TN farm. Jim was a high school and county swim coach while his daughters were in school.
Hometown: Schnecksville, PA
Lori Persa wants people to have fun at every age. In 2015, she started Here’s to Ears, which makes clip on animal ears using faux fur, faux suede and leather sequined fabric and other materials. Since the ears are not attached to a headband, wearers do not suffer from headband headaches.
She and her husband do all of the ear designs including ears for arctic cats, wolves, bambi, bears, cats, racoon, flamingo and many others. They also sell a ‘spirit’ line which features sports team colors in a dozen color combinations.
And for all you unicorns out there, Here’s to Ears makes unicorn horns in a dozen colors and one with an iridescent rainbow pattern! For the holidays, they have mini witch and Santa hats.
Stop by at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and try on a pair!
Hometown: Stony Point, NY
Ronnee Peters started working with stained glass in 1981. A visitor to her home admired her work suggested she enter the local crafts fair. She signed up for the event immediately and has been happily creating and selling her work ever since.
She’s most known for her bookends and her cat and dog panels. Her 2 cats provide continuous inspiration for her work.
She takes custom orders based on buyers’ pet photos. As of 2017, she is also making shell and agate boxes.
Hometown: Floyd, VA
Working from his studio and retail space in Floyd, VA., Thomas Phelps surely crafts some of the most unique ceramic arts available at Sugarloaf. The artist’s signature googly-eyed clay monsters are a favorite among lovers of whimsical art, but his repertoire doesn’t stop there! Fanciful yet functional, Tom Phelps Studio designs are made to be used. He offers a slew of hand-sculpted ceramic spoon holders, mugs, vases and more that you can enjoy every day.
Take a peek through Phelps’ collection to see dozens of unique whimsical faces, no two exactly alike. Once Phelps sculpts the clay into these inimitable characters, he then glazes them with eye-catching colors and fires them for a high gloss. Phelps Pottery was started in 1990 by Thomas Phelps but is now run primarily by Tom’s son Seth. Stop by the Phelps’ booth at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival to see and feel this truly unique crafter’s work up close.
Hometown: Henderson, NC
Hometown: Haymarket, VA
RE Piland, Goldsmiths is one of the country’s top makers of gold and silver Celtic jewelry. This independent company is run by Robert Piland, a jewelry maker based in Haymarket, Virginia. Piland makes each and every piece by hand in his home studio, all according to a strict code of traditional Celtic jewelry craftsmanship.
Piland began his jewelry making career in the 1960s, when he completed a two-year apprenticeship under a German immigrant goldsmith. He later worked at many top jewelry stores before beginning to make and sell his own jewelry at Celtic and Renaissance festivals. RE Piland, Goldsmiths jewelry features Piland’s own designs based on traditional Celtic symbols, and each piece is made of sterling silver, 14-karat gold or a combination of both. He also uses semi-precious or precious stones with a cabochon cut to add even more beauty to his jewelry.
Hometown: Smithsburg, MD
Bronco Billy's is one of the premiere food retailers at Sugarland Craft Festivals. This Smithsburg, Maryland company is owned and operated by Brian Pitsnogle, who creates authentic, 100% beef jerky based on his own recipe.
Bronco Billy's beef jerky contains only 100% beef from premium sources, which makes it a healthy, all-natural alternative to store-bought jerky. The low-calorie snack contains little to no carbohydrates, and it’s packed with flavor for a truly delicious taste. With flavors like Old Country and Teriyaki, there’s a beef jerky for just about anyone’s tastes. In addition to its signature beef jerky, Bronco Billy's also makes Virginia peanuts and other healthy, protein-packed snacks. Be sure to pick up some Bronco Billy's beef jerky to munch on at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Hometown: Leonardtown, MD
Although Rachael Platt earned a degree in Ceramics with a minor in Art History at Towson University she intends to continue learning while teaching and perfecting her craft. She frequently attends workshops and conferences and participates in community events. She gets a lot of inspiration from the work of other ceramicists.
Rachael sees pottery making as an alchemy of the human spirit with the earth’s elements. The human mind or heart conceives an idea, the earth provides the clay, water gives the clay a new form, air or wind helps spin the clay into a distinct design and then fire fuses the other elements into an enduring sculpture or vessel.
Her work reflects her fascination with ancient, mystical realms. Many of her pieces look like they could appear on the shelf of a Hobbit home - many of her bowls sit in a base of tree branches or roots. Her mugs bear tree branches for handles.
All of her pieces are fully functional and food safe.
Hometown: Ramsey, NJ
Pick up something healthy and delicious for your dog at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival from Acadia Antlers. This Ramsey, New Jersey company is owned and operated by Carol Plescia, and it is a family-owned business that is one of the premier sources of antler dog chews in the Northeast.
Acadia Antlers sources its moose antlers from Maine, using only antlers shed by moose in the area. The company uses environmentally responsible practices by recovering these antler sheds to reduce its carbon footprint while providing dogs with an all-natural chew toy. Dog chews from Acadia Antlers come in a variety of sizes and flavors to suit just about any dog breed, and they are non-splintering, so you don’t have to worry about your dog injuring its mouth or choking while chewing. These antler chews are long-lasting and non-messy, and they’re a natural source of calcium and minerals with trace amounts of iron, zinc and sodium.
Hometown: New York, NY
Hometown: Waldwick, NJ
Hometown: Fountain Hills, AZ
Randy Polk began designing 14 K gold and stainless steel jewelry in the 1970’s. His relentless efforts to source precious and semi-precious stones from around the globe has caused some media outlets to compare him to the fabled Indiana Jones. On the whole, Randy has enjoyed great media coverage with appearances in Time Magazine, MSJA Journal and the television show “That’s Incredible”. Over 200 consumer and jewelry trade publications have featured his jewelry.
His pieces have been worn by Elizabeth Taylor and many other celebrities. Some people have even compared Randy to the granddaddy of all jewelers, Carl Fabergé.
Randy works with his wife, Kitsana, and a team of crafters in his Fountain Hills, AZ studio.
Come check out Randy’s work at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival near you!
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Hometown: Watertown, NY
Hometown: Hudson, NY
Judi studied jewelry making for over a decade while working a corporate job in publishing. She loved jewelry design so much that she finally decided to make the leap into a new career as a full time jewelry making.
She makes one of a kind sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold and platinum pieces as well as small batch cast pieces too. Judi uses recycled and reclaimed precious metals and diamonds as part of her commitment to socially and environmentally conscious sourcing.
Customer favorites include her Kapoor earrings and pendants which are suitable for everyday wear. Her Montauk bangles and her Pebble collection rate high on the comfort scale. One of her popular necklace designs, titled A Tree Grows, features the delicate branches of a tree resting at the neckline.
Stop by and admire her carefully crafted jewelry at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals this season.
Hometown: Shermans Dale, PA
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD