Richard Racioppi / Lancaster Gourmet Bread
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Charlene Randolph & Nancy McIntosh / ClayFormed Artworks
Hometown: Windsor Mill, MD
Charlene and Nancy’s creative partnership beganin in the mid-2000’s when Charlene enrolled in Nancy’s pottery classes at the Columbia Arts Center in Columbia, MD.
Charlene ran a brick and mortar store in Ellicott City for many years so she sold some of Nancy’s ceramics and hired her to teach pottery classes at the store. After the historic flood in 2016, Charlene sold her shop to do craft shows full time. She makes functional and decorative fused glass and pottery pieces richly textured and often bearing her original stamp designs.
Nancy exhibited at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals in the 1980’s then taught pottery making in public schools for many years. Now retired from full time teaching, she creates slow-fired stoneware and decorative raku for art and craft shows. Both Nancy and Charlene teach part-time between shows.
Mary Louise Ravese / Bella Vista Photography
Hometown: Waterford, VA
As a nature and travel photographer, Mary Louise Ravese captures the wonder of the outdoors, offering a snapshot of natural beauty for all to see. Using both film and digital equipment while refusing to “touch up” any of her images, Mary Louise has spent more than 20 years traversing across the U.S., Europe and Japan in search of the perfect outdoor photos. With subject interests that include country landscapes, wildlife and architecture, her work often has a painting-esque feel, using lively colors, textures and shapes to offer her unique perspective on a fleeting moment of time.
Through her company Bella Vista Photography, Mary Louise’s work can be found in collections throughout the United States, and has also been used in a number of calendars, books and websites. The Virginian also is a regular instructor for photography classes and workshops, and serves as a competition judge for clubs around the region. If you’re looking to add wonder to your home, come and visit Mary Louise the next time you’re at a Sugarloaf festival and see how amazing fine art photography can truly be.
Dennis Ray / Nature's Creations
metal / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Rockville, MD
From leaves to flowers, the beauty that’s found in nature is unmistakable. At Nature’s Creations Jewelry, Dennis Ray creates natural botanical wearable art and sculpture using a unique copper electroforming process that preserves the original item for eternity. This room temperature process layers copper over the cuttings without destroying them. By covering botanical items in copper, then finishing them with precious metals or colored patinas, they make custom, handcrafted pieces of art. As a result, each customer owns a truly individualized piece of jewelry where no two are exactly alike. “My art has been my sole vocation and my passion. Every year, I travel around the world on a mission to collect samples from nature — historic trees, vineyard leaves, noteworthy plant cuttings — and return to my studio, where I capture them in copper. Often finished with lush patinas and accent paint, each piece I create is one of a kind — just as in nature.”
Kara Raymond / Kara Raymond Studio
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Artist Kara Raymond began working with metal in high school when she was introduced to jewelry making. Years later, she trained to be a jeweler and metalsmith, taking classes at jewelry schools, art centers and local colleges. Today, Kara works out of her home studio where she makes each piece of jewelry by hand. She pays close attention to shape, texture and movement, revolving her designs around those three concepts. Her two series, Japanese Mokume Gane and Siena, give her the flexibility to work with two very different styles. Mokume, the ancient Japanese technique of metal patterning, features a variety of organic textures, while her Siena series is focused on simplicity and uses pearls, stones and classic metal work. So whether you’re looking for an expressive piece, or something a bit more understated, stop by Kara’s booth and peruse through her selection of beautiful jewelry. Her earrings, necklaces and pendants also make wonderful gifts.
Don Rea / Don Rea Designs
metal / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Damascus, PA
The imagination that goes into handcrafting any work of art is incredible. This is certainly true with the quirky sculptures crafted from metal, wood and other materials created by Don Rea and his Don Rea Designs collection. Find sculptures to suit just about any interest, whether it be a student, musician, bartender, golfer or cyclist. The possibilities are only limited by Rea's imagination. Rea crafts sculptures and figures from metals such as copper, aluminum and tin. He inserts humor and whimsy into each shaping of the material from spiral-twisted legs to bright colors to provide life to a grasshopper riding a penny-farthing cycle. His work is imaginative and thoughtful, and you might think some of his sculptures will make the perfect gift for someone you know.
Sarah Read / ReAdapt
textiles / Accessories
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Chiara Reading / My Wildest Dreams Studio
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
After Chiara and her husband devoted one of their monthly date nights to a stained glass course, she soon found herself with an expensive but wonderful new hobby. Within a couple of years, she left her executive recruiter position to be a full time artist.
Chiara finds stained glass to be the perfect medium to express her passions for gardening, scuba diving and the ocean-related. She loves to feature the nautilus shell in her stained glass designs because it reminds her of the Fibonacci sequence, one of nature’s miraculous patterns favored by artists and architects for centuries.
All her stained glass pieces are made with eco-friendly lead-free solder. Chiara is enjoying her new career immensely and says her success as an artist is beyond her wildest dreams!
Lesley Reich / Pottery Mountain
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Hurley, NY
Lesley Reich participated in her first crafts show in Ann Arbor, MI in 1972. She made $100, the equivalent of her clerk typist salary, and she was instantly hooked on craft shows.
She makes hand thrown porcelain vases, bowls and other vessels with hand lettered messages on themes of love, family, friendship and philosophy. All her pieces are lead-free and dishwasher, oven and microwave- safe.
Lesley started writing messages on her pottery while making a piece for a friend to give as a wedding gift. She began with a handful of quotations about life, sisters and friendship. Her daughter pointed out that she didn’t have message about daughters so Lesley created one. She added more over time and now she has about a dozen daughter-themed messages and many others!
Soon pottery with hand written messages became what she was known for. She has handcrafted bowls for the FDR Library Gift Shop, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Baltimore Aquarium and ornaments for the White House Christmas tree.
Hometown: Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
RJ Reichl practiced photography as a hobby until he joined the army. He served in the U.S. Army as a Combat Surveillance Photographic Equipment Repairman, including time in Vietnam. He also served in the MD Army National Guard as a public affairs photographer while continuing to learn and improve his photography skills. While there he formed relationships with many other photographers and photojournalists.
Since retiring from the Army, RJ has decided to pursue photography full time. Though he admires many artists, RJ has found particular inspiration in the work of Ansel Adams and Christopher Burkett.
Check out his work at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and chat about any special commercial or personal projects in need of a talented photographer!
Heather Reid / Heather Reid Designs
textiles & fashion design / clothing
Hometown: Greenwich, NY
Heather Reid, the head of her eponymous clothing brand, Heather Reid Designs, uses her creative eye to craft handmade clothing from hand dyed, hand painted fabrics. Working with cotton, wool and fleece she designs outfits and single pieces that are as eye catching as they are comfortable. Tops, jackets, pants and other clothing pieces come in a muted color palette that is conducive to mixing and matching to curate outfits that are ready for work, ready for going out, or ready to just look fashionable on the weekend. Reid’s love of nature is captured in many of her hand painted fabrics. Leaves, branches, birds and blooms are often her prints of choice. Reid uses the finest quality pigments, dyes, and natural fibers and typically paints in a casual, freestyle manner. High-low hemlines, contrast stitching and relaxed silhouettes add to the natural, carefree vibe of the line. Living in Greenwich, NY, Reid often exhibits her designs at area venues including the Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Laura Rhode / Knob Hall Winery
Hometown: Brookeville, MD
Knob Hall Winery sits at the base of Fairview Mountain in the Cumberland Valley of Western Maryland. Using sustainable agriculture practices, Knob Hall makes award-winning wines with grapes grown on their 43-acre vineyards.
Their grape varietals, all carefully selected for compatibility with the terroir of the region, include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Viognier.
Knob Hall won three Gold Medals and Best in Class in the Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition and scored gold medals in several other events too.
At their estate in Clear Springs, MD, Knob Hall hosts music festivals, fundraisers, wine tastings and private events. They invite visitors to tour their vineyard and winery.
Daniel Riccio / Riccio Artifacts
metal / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: East Hampton, CT
Born in the Bronx, Daniel J. Riccio cut his teeth in the New York City art community throughout the 1970s. Now based in East Hampton, Conn., this imaginative artist doesn’t tend to favor one medium. He crafts one-of-a-kind paintings, sculptures, jewelry and metal designs that are united by their intricacy and detail. He also offers an interesting collection of three-dimensional design and spiritual work honoring Christian and Jewish traditions, including hand-crafted dreidels, menorahs and Noah’s Ark figurines.
Riccio’s Artifacts collection is one of the most favored among his collectors, especially his variety of tiny objects inspired by his background in biology. These tiny carved figurines are minute but impactful, with an impressive level of detail accounted for in each and every piece. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is proud to welcome Daniel J. Riccio artwork at some of our annual juried art shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Make sure to connect with the artist to see which Sugarloaf events he’ll be attending this year.
Sabra Richards / Sabra Richards Steel & Glass
glass / fused glass
Hometown: Worton, MD
Award-winning glass maker Sabra Richards currently designs sculptures made from kiln-formed glass. She cuts sheets of fusible glass and builds the design while the glass is in the kiln. Sabra fuses 16 individual pieces of glass into a solid block and then puts the block into the furnace where she turns and heats it until it becomes flexible. Then she “pulls” it into the cane to finish her work. Her sculptures range in size from less than 20 inches to 10 feet high. Sabra designs wall pieces as well as free-standing sculptures and is able to custom build a sculpture to meet your color and size specifications. Her work has been exhibited at the U.S. State Department: Collections of Heads of State installation; IBM Atlanta; Ann Arbor Public Library; Northwest Airlines Terminal in Portland Oregon, and many other displays. We’re thrilled to have her as part of the Sugarloaf Crafts family.
William Richardson / Suffolk Shaker Shop, LLC
Hometown: Suffolk, VA
Crafted using single sheets of marbleized and richly-grained wood, William’s Shaker-style wares are created using thin strips of wood which are bent, wrapped, and braided. His decorative boxes, jewelry chests, trays, and baskets are instant Americana heirlooms.
Courtney Richie / Courtney B Designs
jewelry / glass
Hometown: Gallipolis, OH
Courtney B Designs is a Gallipolis, Ohio-based maker of flameworked glass and artisan jewelry. Owner and maker Courtney Richie is a glass artist and metalsmith who creates each piece by hand in her home studio on her farm in rural Ohio.
Courtney of Courtney B Designs has more than 14 years of experience flameworking glass, but she’s always trying out new techniques, experimenting with unique designs and learning to incorporate metalworking into her designs. Courtney B Designs’ jewelry features spherical shaped pendants with tiny nature scenes inside, glass cremation jewelry that allows the wearer to remember their deceased pet and dangling earrings with twinkling star designs reminiscent of the night sky. Taking her inspiration from the natural world around her, Courtney B Designs creates jewelry pieces that are true works of art.
Melissa Rioux / Lakonia Greek Products
Hometown: Saco, ME
Lakonia Greek Products is run by the mother and daughter team of Daphne and Melissa Rioux. They offer the finest unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, oil infusions, olives, wild herbs and teas. All of their oils are produced from olive trees grown in the Lakonia region on the Aegean Sea, a perfect climate for growing olive trees.
During a visit to her homeland in the late 1980’s, Daphne Rioux discovered the extraordinary quality and robust taste of olive oil made in Lakonia. Realizing it was higher quality than most olive oils in the United States, she bought land in the region with an olive grove and began producing her own oil and harvesting kalamata olives.
She started selling Lakonia Greek Products at farmers markets in Saco, ME in 2006. The next year, Melissa graduated from college and jumped right into growing the family business.
This mother and daughter team travel to Greece regularly to participate in the olive harvest and learn all they can about growing olives.
Ossi Rioux / Ossi Hats, Etc.
textiles & fashion design / hats & accessories
Hometown: New York, NY
New York City-based Ossi Hats, Etc. is the brainchild of textile artist Ossi Rioux. Her unique, hand-crafted hats are the cornerstone of her portfolio. Rioux actually developed her very own nontraditional hat-making technique, which features a soft block method for shaping, a heat transfer method for dying and custom-made patterns on her hand-selected fabrics. Ossi Hats are constructed with some of the most desirable materials, including wool, cotton, velvet, satin, silk and grosgrain.
Each and every hat made by Rioux is hand-planed, cut and sewn by the artist in her New York City studio. Not only does Rioux create one-of-a-kind hats, but she also makes standout scarves and quilts using a fascinating blend of textured fabrics and trim. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals proudly hosts Ossi Hats, Etc. at many of our annual Mid-Atlantic juried art and craft shows. For more information on where to find Rioux’s original creations, check our schedule to see which artists will be at which events.
Kevin Ritter & John Rymer / Mungo Key Designs
Hometown: St Petersburg, FL
Kevin Ritter and John Rymer create tropical-themed paintings of shoreline wildlife native to Central Florida. They paint with alcohol ink which produces vibrant colors and creates a watery bubbly effect. Their business is named for the tiny island of Mungo Key near St. Petersburg, FL. Kevin says, though the island is not his physical home, he considers it his spiritual home.
Prior to painting, Kevin and John made and sold clay work for about 25 years. After the crash of 2008-09, many of the galleries that bought their work went out of business. They felt ripe for a change of medium and took up painting.
When not traveling to art shows, the pair enjoy living in eclectic, artist-friendly Gulfport, FL.
Karen Roberts / Karen Roberts Stained Glass
glass / leaded glass
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Hailing from Teaneck, NJ, Karen Roberts Stained Glass brings a unique collection of stained glass to Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Roberts’ original stained glass artwork is as narrative as it is beautiful, with each one telling a story in glass and light. Roberts typically employs the Tiffany Method of stained glass making (also called foiling), where the edges of each piece are wrapped with copper foil tape. This allows for a stronger and more intricate design.
Roberts is also known for creating some unique functional stained glass pieces, including stained glass key racks, mirrors and more pieces that double as one-of-a-kind artwork. Sugarloaf is proud to position Karen Roberts Stained Glass along a community of glass artists creating stained glass, fused glass and blown glass. Our Mid-Atlantic juried art show has been inviting the country’s best artists and crafters to come and display their work since 1975.
Beverly Robillard / Michele Gingerich
Hometown: Charles Town, WV
As a child, Beverly Robillard observed her father making various woodworking projects. She learned how to use many woodworking tools by watching him and peppering him with questions.
He passed away before she started turning wood herself, but she thinks of him often when she is turning.
All of her work is one-of-a-kind since she likes to constantly explore new designs. She gets a lot of her raw material from trees downed in storms. More intricate designs are made from pre-cut planks of wood.
Stop by during Sugarloaf Crafts Festival for a peek at her original designs.
Latarsha Robinson / Southern Sisters
Hometown: Goose Creek, SC
Timothy Robson / Me & My Dog Pet Bakery
Hometown: Jamison, PA
The husband and wife team running Me & My Dog Pet Bakery makes hand-rolled gourmet pet treats using all natural ingredients such as top quality meat stocks, fresh fruit and veggies and Land O'Lakes eggs.
Your pets will be snacking as happily as their humans when they chomp on these treats filled with fresh bananas, celery, carrot, sweet potato and apples.
All their products are free of sugar, salt, artificial flavors and preservatives.
At Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, you're encouraged to pick up and sniff these treats to examine their freshness yourself. They recommend refrigerating the treats after purchase to maintain freshness.
Me & My Dog Pet Bakery rotates their recipes to ensure their 4-legged customers enjoy a wide spectrum of treat flavors.
They're treats are so good, they've been featured on the Martha Stewart show!
Gabriel Rodriguez / Mexica Crafts
leather / shoes & accessories
Hometown: Woodstock, NY
Gabriel Rodriguez of Mexica Crafts is the talent behind his collection of exclusive handcrafted leather mocs, boots, purses and more. From his Woodstock, NY location, he meticulously creates one-of-a-kind pieces from supple leather that exude comfort and style. His creations are reminiscent of the Native American culture and are available in a range of hues, including browns, greys, greens, red and more. The leather develops a rich patina over time, adding to its appeal. In an era when it’s often said that “they don’t make things like they used to,” Mexica Crafts reminds us that artisans are still crafting quality products. Crafted by hand with attention to detail, many of the items are embellished with fringe, braiding details and contrast stitching. Rodriguez describes his designs as having great energy and a connection with the earth. “They are unique pieces, just like each individual.” Customers often say that his leather creations are beautiful art to wear and that there’s spirit and personality in each piece.
Jewelry - Gold & Silver
Hometown: Summit, NJ
Robert Rossel / Symmetry Tile Works
Hometown: Epping, NH
Robert Rossel served a two year Master Apprenticeship in Japan in preparation for opening his own pottery studio.
He creates custom tiles for home installation such as kitchen backsplashes, heat plates, tile floors, patios, shower walls, swimming pools and wall art. His tile designs reflect the wondrous symmetrical patterns found in nature.
Rob personally harvests much of the Queen Anne’s Lace, thistle, sunflowers and gingko leaves used in his tile designs. After each image is glazed, it is layered with crushed recycled glass and fired in a kiln.
He and his partner, Kerstin, conduct in-depth Artist in Residence programs for New England school students. Hundreds of their tile murals, incorporating artwork by the students, appear in schools throughout the region.
Brian Rosenbarker / Homestead Leather
Hometown: East Petersburg, PA
Brian Rosenbarker is the artisan behind Homestead Leather, a small leather company in East Petersburg, just outside of Lancaster PA. Rosenbarker designs and manufactures leather bags, belts, accessories and notebooks using the finest quality American cowhide and hardware available. Each piece is made by hand and finished to perfection, giving them an heirloom quality.
“I strive for excellence in my leather work. I use the best quality materials I can find; I do not believe in cutting corners by using cheap leather or hardware. I use fine American Oak-Tanned leather in my products. This combination of leathers gives my products a unique style that you will find nowhere else. I use solid brass or stainless steel hardware and strong nylon thread. Because I care about the quality of my work, I guarantee everything I make for life against defects in materials and workmanship. With proper care, my products will last decades.”
In addition to his Pennsylvania leather shop, Brian Rosenbarker’s work can be found at many area fine arts and crafts shows such as the Sugarloaf Craft Festival as well as his online Etsy store.
Clay Rosenbarker / MacClay Leather Design
Hometown: East Petersburg, PA
Clay Rosenbarker started leather working with a friend in the summer of 1972. The pair opened a leather goods shop together soon after. In this and three other retail ventures, Clay’s original designs outsold other available leather products.
Clay started showing his leather designs in prestigious juried craft shows in the early 1980’s while still operating his retail outlets. In 1985, he sold the stores to focus solely on leathercrafting. Today he works with a small team of skilled crafters in his East Petersburg, PA studio.
He begins by sketching each design with a paper sketch, and from there, he creates a pattern. His buttery soft leather bags and purses are made from the best quality American cowhide and lined with durable, water resistant nylon.
Stop by at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and admire their rich, soft leather goods!
Agustin Ruiz / A. Ruiz Designs
Hometown: Middle Island, NY
Agustin Ruiz was raised in Ecuador’s Andean Mountains in a family of artisans, weavers and sewers. Initially he started crafting leather shoes, experimenting with different combinations of textured and dyed leather to create interesting original designs.
Later he transferred his sewing and design skills to making tapestry fabric bags and vests. He mixes and matches various fabrics, pairing several colors, patterns and textures to create fashionable, one of a kind bags that are durable enough for daily use.
His fabrics are hand cut to ensure the seams match up and the end result is balanced and attractive to the eye. Each seam is secured with a heavy duty serger sewing machine for long lasting handbags, purses and duffel bags.
For a classy finishing touch, Agustin accents each bag with handpicked palm tree tagua nuts or polished seeds.
Hometown: Millstone, NJ
Irina Russell / Inside Custom Art
Glass Mixed Media
Hometown: Nashville, TN
James Russell / James Russell Goldsmiths
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Rockport, MA
Nothing shines like hand-wrought silver and gold. Designs from James Russell Goldsmiths are simple yet elegant, and well within your reach. The collection includes earrings, necklaces and pendants, bracelets and rings. The jeweler creates designs in his Rockport, Massachusetts shop. The quaint harbor town provides the perfect inspiration for the shiny accessories. While elegant, many of James Russell Goldsmiths' designs are perfect for accessorizing everyday wear, while others might be reserved for special occasions.
James Russell Goldsmiths exhibits at many Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, where you can see — and purchase — their exquisite creations. His designs fill up the booth, when is then filled up by admirers of simple silver loops and teardrop-shaped silver earrings and other bobbles to take home for oneself or to be used as gifts.
Carrie Rutherford / Dragon Folk Studios
Hometown: Forest City, NC
As the daughter of two children’s book illustrators and authors, Carrie Rutherford inherited a strong artistic streak and a love for storytelling. As a child, she lived near the Appalachian Mountains in northern New Jersey where an abundance of natural materials inspired her early sculptures.
Carrie began Dragon Folk Studios in 1990 as a single mother of 3 young children. Her deep love for the forest, her vivid imagination and storytelling abilities all come together in the creation of her magical forest creatures.
Using clay, crystals, wood, paper and other materials, she sculpts and carves candle holders, incense burners and business card holders in the Dragon Folk motif of other worldly dragons, wizards, unicorns, mermaids and fairies.
In addition to her sculptural work, Carrie wrote and illustrated “Legends of Dragonfolk” to enlighten and inform newcomers to the enchanted worlds where her creatures abide. She also makes pet and human portrait sculptures as requested.