Gint & Regina Sabaliauskas / Balt Design
Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Evergreen, CO
Hometown: Evergreen, CO
Hometown: Stony Point, NJ
Eileen Sackman is a ceramic artist currently living and working in Hudson Valley, New York. Eileen has been studying and creating ceramics and sculpture at a high level for nearly 20 years, earning her MFA in Ceramics from State University of New Paltz in 2010. On the other side of the classroom, Sackman devotes much of her time to teaching at workshops, community centers, colleges, and universities.
She uses the ceramic medium to spark intrigue and communicate with viewers about the issues that alarm her most. Her goal is not to simply please the eye or the mind, but open the minds and hearts of her viewers. Instigating a conversation about devastating issues and influence the desire to help solve the problem. Her most recent series focuses on the exploitation and poaching of voiceless animals near extinction. Engage with Eileen Sackman and her truly meaningful artwork at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals.
Hometown: Partlow, VA
In a time when the focus is on technology and automation, blacksmith Carson Sams proves that the centuries-old artistry of forging objects of iron by hand is alive. As the owner of Carson's Customs LLC, Sams is a distinguished blacksmith and knife maker. Founded in 2010, Carson's Customs LLC has been creating various objects from wrought iron or steel including Celtic crosses, primitive style knives, hatchets, grilling tools and more.
Unlike mass-produced iron works, the craftsmanship and attention to detail of Carson Sams’ pieces is evident. While many of the knives are intricately detailed and visually striking, they are also functional and feature razor-sharp edges. Carson Sams is often in attendance at area shows where hand-crafted arts and goods are on display. Sams also engages those in attendance with demonstrations of his work. He sets up his equipment and uses his tools to hammer, bend and cut for all to see just how much skill, time and patience is needed to forge each piece.
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Aline Sar’s hand-fabricated metal jewelry stretches the boundaries of what jewelry can be. Rather than stick to the form of traditional jewelry, Aline lets each design unfold organically, resulting in the purest form for each piece. Using techniques such as forging, soldering and shaping, Aline produces Hartstring Jewelry bracelets, earrings, necklaces and other accessories that have an airy, whimsical feel. She will often use two different metals when contrast is needed, putting the focus on the design rather than on the stone setting.
With a focus on clean and pure lines that make the subject of each piece clear, Aline makes great use of negative space, allowing the wearer to imply more visually while keeping the design simple. She will even make and draw her own wire if continuity needs call for it. The result is jewelry with perfect alignment that’s great than the sum of its parts, with stones, rings and other flair added for a subtle touch that doesn’t overpower the greater whole. Bring the breeziness of West Coast jewelry home whenever you find Aline at Sugarloaf.
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Hometown: Highland, NY
Women looking for unique, hip women’s clothing will find it from Sondra Sardis. The New York–based designer has her finger on the pulse of modern fashion, and brings her best ideas to life in every handcrafted garment. From a geometrically oriented base, Sondra’s designs explore asymmetry, balance and color placement, choosing just the right fabrics and texture to make your outfit come alive. She remains in control of the process at every step, from initial concept drawing to professionally finished product.
Sondra’s clothing for women is artistic, stylized and practical, ranging from subdued to bombastic and anything in between. Any of her pieces can be worn day or night and are easily accessorized for the occasion. She also offers customization options to get your new outfit just right. If you want a modern look with a classic feel, try out a new shirt, jacket or vest at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, and buy your favorite piece onsite or order a version that’s all your own.
Hometown: Kentwood, MI
Hometown: Highland, NY
Hometown: Newburg, PA
Jeanne Scannell, the creative mind behind Scannell Fashions, has been a part of the Sugarloaf family for 16 years. A textile artist, she spent more than 40 years in the fashion industry and today she uses color fabrics of different weights and textures to create wraps, scarves, ponchos and more. Her “urban wraps” are very popular thanks to their versatility – they can be worn for any occasion, such as a casual afternoon stroll or night on the town. From merino wool to French lace to eco-friendly bamboo, Scannell Fashions offers something for every taste. The stunning cowl neck ponchos flatter every body type, and can be worn with a pair of jeans or for something as fancy as an evening wedding. The best part about Jeanne’s designs is that they can be worn more than one way, so each piece offers a plethora of different looks you’ll enjoy season after season.
Hometown: Madison Heights, MI
Ever-evolving as an artist, David Scherer has been expressing himself creatively since he was 14 years old. He creates exuberant 3D wall art, sculptures and funky wall and table clocks.
His creations are overflowing with playful shapes and imagery. His clocks, in particular, are explosions of color and movement with multiple layers and lines in all directions.
His work resides in many private and corporate art collections in the United States, Europe and the South Pacific. Custom orders are accepted.
David works out of his studio in Detroit, MI.
Hometown: La Porte, IN
Schmidt-Marken Designs is the name of the husband and wife artistic partnership between Doug Schmidt and Karen Marken. Since 1987, Doug and Karen have been creating handmade pottery — stoneware and ceramic — in their hundred-year-old barn in La Porte, IN that was converted into their studio and gallery/shop. They work in collaboration in creating many functional pieces including mugs, dishes, vases and plenty more in various shapes and patterns. The beauty of each piece comes with the knowledge that each item is handmade and can’t be found mass produced. Every step, from mixing clay, forming, painting, glazing and firing is completed by people, not machines. Their work is appreciated by many for their color palettes, hand-painted designs and clean, organic aesthetic. While each piece is functional, they are equally admired as pieces of art. Schmidt-Marken Designs are regularly featured at artisanal exhibits throughout the region and join hundreds of other artists showcasing their work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Hometown: Palm Bay, FL
Hometown: Coventry, CT
Kathleen Scranton, along with her husband, is a beekeeper as well as book purse crafter. While searching for old books on the subject of beekeeping, she learned that large numbers of high quality vintage books are routinely sent to the shredder or the trash bin.
She hated to see these precious book covers going to waste. She came up with an idea to upcycle the books into shoulder bags, hand purses, wallets and cases of various kinds.
Many of the covers she uses are from books published before the age of television and radio and contain examples of earlier printing technology. Kathleen enjoys educating her customers with these historical tidbits.
The materials are strong enough to offer further service in a faster paced world. Each bag is reinforced inside and out to ensure it will hold up under frequent use.
Purses made from Jane Austen novels are her best sellers.
Hometown: Bound Brook, NY
Ann Carol Designs is an independent jewelry maker run by Janet Schroeder of Bound Brook, New Jersey. Schroeder began learning the art of silversmithing in high school, and she began learning about resin enamel in 1999 when she met Carol Baretz. Together, the two began creating unique and colorful jewelry pieces that incorporated both of their areas of expertise.
Today, jewelry from Ann Carol Designs begins with a sterling silver base, and then features hand-painted resins created with minute, intricate detail. Each piece is handmade and many take quite a few cycles of painting and drying to complete, which creates what Ann Carol Designs refers to as “wearable art.” With bright, primary colors decorating interlacing circles on dangling earrings, pendants featuring tiny swirls of pattern and colorful dragonfly shapes and cuff bracelets displaying abstract art designs, Ann Carol Designs creates uniquely wearable jewelry.
Hometown: Bordentown, NJ
Hometown: Key West, FL
Flora has been working with textiles for more than 30 years using the macramé technique, wherein patterns are created by using known instead of the more traditional knitting or weaving. While she began by creating necklaces and bracelets, her macramé watchbands have taken center stage. Beginning from seven original base patterns, every watchband is hand-knotted using durable nylon fibers that are also washable. Many different colors and sizes are available, and optional beads further accent their beauty.
Flora’s watchbands fit all standard women’s watches, and have an additional band designed to fit behind the watch and allow your wrist to breathe. In addition, she recently introduced a new macramé beaded bracelet that can be worn with a matching watchband or showcased alone. Spending part of the year in Key West, FL and the rest of it in Ocean Pines, MD, Flora travels to craft shows all along the East Coast and has become known at many of them as the “watchband lady”. See them in all their impressive décor at a Sugarloaf craft show.
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Art has always played a role in Julia Sclar’s life. From a young age, she experimented with different media, exploring what each had to offer. After years of exploring and experimenting, Sclar found herself drawn to what has developed into her passion — ceramics. “As a ceramic artist, I use the potter’s wheel; I allow the clay to guide and inform my hands — deciding what the piece will look like, all the while trying not to “over-think” the work. This allows creativity to develop, which eventually, emerges into an expression reflecting my love of art.” Sclar works from her Frederick, MD studio creating piece after piece of functional porcelain pottery. Each piece of hand thrown porcelain pottery has its unique charm and personality. Her collection consists of sea life-inspired creations — spoon rests, ring holders, bowls and more — that are accented with seashells, seahorses, starfish for a touch of whimsy. Sclar also creates and earth tone pottery in soothing hues.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Constance Scott handcrafts fashionable womens purses and pillows from vintage barkcloth fabric. Barkcloth is an upholstery weight material featuring bright tropicals, regional images and geometric patterns. It was commonly used for curtains and upholstery from the 1930’s to 1950’s.
She creates clutch purses in three sizes - cross body shoulder bags, classic clutch style and mini clutch purses. The two smaller sizes also come with wrist straps. In addition, she has an assortment of zippered coin purses, fanny packs, totes and hobo bags.
Constance was a jeweler and seamstress before starting this line of bags. She still carries a line of handmade jewelry made from vintage tin under the name Studio C.
Her current company name is taken from the middle names of both of her grandmothers. Come have a look at these unique bags and purses at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals.
Hometown: Green Castle, MO
Jeanne Scott-Zumwalt is the mastermind behind Gone to Pot, a standout collection of beautiful yet functional ceramic home goods. From Green Castle, Mo., Scott-Zumwalt hand-crafts a large selection of one-of-a-kind ceramics ranging from exquisite cookie jars to decadent, vibrantly glazed teapots that would look right at home in any art-lover’s kitchen. Scott-Zumwalt often blends traditional floral motifs with modern yet sophisticated colors, so her collection is appealing to a wide range of shoppers.
All of the goods available at the Gone to Pot Art Studio booth at Sugarloaf have been wheel-thrown with premium-quality porcelain for a long-lasting approach. The artist tends to use a bright palette of glazes to give each piece a distinctly down-to-earth feel. You’ll love her collection of hand-painted floral dishes and cookware that have a uniquely retro-inspired look! If you collect quality ceramics, you’ll enjoy perusing Sugarloaf’s many renowned pottery artists.
Hometown: Elliston, VA
Hometown: Jarrettown, PA
John Sellers creates belts, lampshades and portable saddle seat stools out of thick leather. Each item is accented with his hand carved designs and painting. His booth has a handbuilt peddler’s cart to display the belts and other items.
He began working with leather as a young man in the 1960’s. He and his wife exhibited at craft shows and other weekend outlets in the 1970s. He took a break from leather work to hold a traditional job for several decades. In 2008, he re-entered the craft show circuit.
He works with the same hand-cranked cutting machine, hand stamp and mallet that leathercrafters have used for centuries. But he used non-traditional eco-friendly solutions to dye the leather.
Custom orders are always welcome. He encourages customers to break away from the usual dark leathers and use a variety of pastels and other colors to create more interesting effects.
Say hello at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and appreciate the look and feel of handcrafted leather work.
Hometown: Blairsville, GA
Hometown: Millersville, MD
Anyone who tells you that hand bound books are a lost art has never owned a journal made by Hope Shakya. Using artisan techniques that she’s been refining since 1975, Hope personally sews blank pages into each journal she makes. The sturdy binding and durable materials last up to two centuries, meaning you can capture thoughts, drawings and more for your lifetime and then some. From there, Hope adds whimsical decorations such as gloves and lace that add to your journals’ homespun feel.
In addition to her book-binding work, Hope is also an accomplished photographer who has held numerous exhibits. But it’s her hand bound journals that bring her to craft shows and Renaissance festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic region. To say her work has a personal touch doesn’t begin to describe the beauty and elegance of every journal as she keeps the art alive. Look for her at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and see just how much better hand-binding can be.
Hometown: Ithaca, NY
A person’s wedding day is one of the most magical moments in their life. They are surrounded by friends and family and get to profess their devotion to the person they love the most. Along with those loving moments, the couple exchange wedding rings that signify their feelings for one another.
Cole Sheckler knows and understands this type of love. His line of bridal jewelry helps express this love in a physical form. Whether couples are looking for something traditional or contemporary, Sheckler has the perfect wedding jewelry for that moment that much more perfect. Sheckler makes jewelry for everyday wear as well and has a collection that brings beauty and elegance alongside a sophisticated design.
Sheckler shows his work at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. As one of our top artists, his work is regularly praised for its beauty and ingenuity. Come hear Sheckler explain his motivations for the pieces he creates and what work he will focus on next.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
If there’s one thing sculptor Marty Silverman does better than everything else, it’s harness the beauty of nature in each and every one of his pieces. His company, The Fountain and Sculpture Garden, offers a selection of one-of-a-kind stone sculptures that are somehow simultaneously ethereal and down to earth. Silverman employs a direct carving method using stone sculptor’s tools to hammer and chisel each piece, which he does by memory and whim, rarely using a sketch or model. The result is a fine art sculpture that captures the imagination.
The Fountain and Sculpture Garden is based in Jackson, NJ, where Silverman makes the majority of his ornamental sculptures in his studio using unique materials such as alabaster stone that has been imported from all around the world. After it’s been carved, Silverman uses a special polishing process to produce his signature glossy finish. At Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, you’ll be able to see and touch Silverman’s work in real life. You’ll also get a chance to meet and greet with this popular artist and perhaps even experience one of his on-site demonstrations.
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Heidi Skillman got the idea for her signature product, The 360 Scarf, during the winter of 2003 when she needed a better way to stay warm while walking her dogs on cold Chicago days. She created a compact, elegant scarf that complements a professional business wardrobe and protects the wearer’s neck and chest in frigid weather without a lot of bulky fabric.
Once she designed The 360 Scarf, she found a ready market for it. She called on her previous business experience in corporate finance, strategy and supply chain management to create her own winter accessory business.
Her scarves are made with soft mohair, silk, ultra suede and other fabrics. They are reversible with solid black fleece on the second side to make it easy to match any outfit. And when the scarf is not needed, it can easily fit in a purse or pocket.
Due to customer demand she has added matching hats, gloves, faux fur mufflets, headbands, boot cuffs, ponchos and capes. The boot cuffs are some of her best selling items.
Hometown: Sinking Springs, PA
Anita’s Biscottis offers over 30 flavors of biscotti using a traditional biscotti recipe with real butter, eggs, chocolate, dried fruits and flavorings. The are constantly inventing new flavors like Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel, Asian Pear and Lavender Vanilla.
Their biscotti are available in full sized pieces and mini servings. Each one is wrapped in cellophane giving them a shelf life up to 6 months.
Anita ran a home-based pastry business until a small cafe asked her to make biscotti as a special order for them. She loved her it so much that she made biscotti the centerpiece of her business. Today they’re one of the largest biscotti retailers around. She and her team work out of their home base in Sinking Spring, PA.
Their Build-A-Gift feature allows you to combine your favorite flavors into a gift container of your choice. Be sure to sample a few of their delicious flavors at this year’s Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals.
Hometown: West Conshohocken, PA
Jared Slater has enjoyed his Great Aunt Caroline’s BBQ sauce on hundreds of chicken dinners since he was a young child.
As an adult, occasionally while enjoying the magical molasses, brown sugar and spice concoction, he would think to himself, “I should bottle this stuff!” While working an unfulfilling warehouse job in the early 2000’s, the idea of running his own business kept coming back. Finally in 2005, he decided he was ready to make a go of it and see how it turned out.
He asked for and received his great Aunt Caroline’s blessing. She passed on before he starting selling to the public but he hopes she is watching with approval from above.
Today, Jared sells his aunt’s Original Recipe as well as nine other flavors, including two for dipping. Among the ten flavors are a Holiday sauce, brimming with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, a BBQ Pickle, great on burgers, and the Blue Flame Hot BBQ. His sauce stands out from other BBQ sauce brands with its unique mason jar container.
Sample a few flavors of this small batch sauce at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and see which one is your favorite!
Hometown: Somerset, NJ
Cindy & Mark Slotnick named their business in recognition of their two loves: art and music. Both retired, they now split their time between making and selling jewelry and making music in an acoustic group and a rock and roll band.
With no expectations of starting a business, Cindy took a class to learn the Viking Knit chain weaving technique. She quickly progressed to making gorgeous pendants, bracelets and earrings using silver, gold, copper and bronze wire woven around semi precious gems and minerals. Soon Mark joined her in production and now he does most of the Viking Knit weave leaving Cindy to experiment with various pendant designs. When you stop by their booth at Sugarloaf, you’ll often find Mark weaving chain as he chats with shoppers.
Both have a lifelong love of music. In his teens, Mark was in a rock and roll band that came close to signing a contract with a major record label. Over the years, he stayed close with his bandmates and eventually the pair started performing at shows around New Jersey. Check out a few of their music clips!
Say "Hi!" to Mark and Cindy at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals!
Hometown: Aston, PA
Kathy Small creates oil and acrylic paintings on canvas. Her artwork is also sold as prints.
She also does custom projects in which she brings a customer’s vision into being or manifests someone’s essence through art.
She had her first public exhibit at the Toronto Art Exhibition while she was still in high school. But like many aspiring artists, family members urged her not to rely on her artwork to make a living. Today she works as an oncology nurse in addition to painting and doing shows.
Stop by and say hello at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!
Hometown: Lothian, MD
For Dana Smallwood, clay art is about storytelling. The Lothian, MD-based artist started Smallwood’s Clay to market his whimsical and unique ceramic sculptures and collectibles. Each one-of-a-kind clay sculpture tells a story, with an impressive level of hand-craftsmanship weaving you through a narrative that captures the heart and mind. Each piece by Smallwood’s Clay is painstakingly crafted to become a conversation-starter in your home.
Smallwood’s Clay offers a beautiful collection of hand-built porcelain vases, sculptures and home goods that have been twice-fired in the kiln for added strength, shine and beauty. Ceramicists revere the Smallwoods for their menagerie of intricately carved miniature ceramic animals and their take on the natural elements where the animals dwell. Make sure to stop by the Smallwood’s Clay booth at an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival for more.
Hometown: Lewisburg, PA
Hometown: Lexington, NC
Rachel Smith was introduced to pottery at age five when her mother showed her how to take a pinch pot and craft a hollow bird from it. The love of artistry that was born that day has remained, and since 1972 Rachel has been making and selling pottery throughout the country. Raised in Seattle from Norwegian descent, she drew influence from both the local Scandinavian and Asian communities, in particular their appreciation of work that’s both decorative and functional.
As she’s moved throughout the country, first to Philadelphia and then to her current home in North Carolina, she has remained inspired by the colors and patterns of the world around her. Whether wheel thrown or slab built, her tea pots, bowls and other stoneware add exquisiteness to your household with their textured ash glazes and subtle dark colors. She decorates each pot with various nature-based or abstract images, using sponges and brushes of her own design. When you find Rachel Smith Pottery at a Sugarloaf show, you’re seeing a true master artisan’s work that’s sure to inspire.
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Hometown: Stoutsville, OH
Hometown: Scottsville, NY
Cyma Furniture Design is a one-man furniture design studio headed up by Scott Sober. This independent company is based in Scottsville, New York, where Sober creates each piece of modern furniture with heirloom quality by hand in his private studio.
Scott Sober got his degree in Furniture Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991, and since then, he’s been honing his skills as an independent craftsman. Cyma Furniture Design creates furniture that is truly made to last a lifetime, using primarily domestic hardwoods and veneers like Maple, Ash, Cherry, Walnut and Oak, and chooses his woods based on which one best fits the piece. Sober works with his clients to create custom furniture designs that truly suit their needs and wants, but all of his pieces have a bit of a Danish modern influence that is accentuated by his traditional furniture-making techniques.
Hometown: Vienna, VA
Hometown: Canandaigua, NY
Somewhere in the Finger Lakes region of New York, there sits a home studio where two artists, and likely their dog, are always covered in fine dusting of plaster and clay. It’s how Adam and Sarah Spector met, so we’d expect nothing less of these Sugarloaf family members!
The pair met while studying ceramics at the Alfred University. Nearly 10 years after first gazing at each other over glaze, Adam’s pottery skills coupled with Sarah’s tile talents have built Spector Studios into a creative powerhouse. We’re proud to connect their award-winning work with Sugarloaf customers just like you!
From design to completion, the Spectors collaborate on their work. To make the tiles, Sarah uses a historical process that she’s adapted to work with Adam’s ceramic work. They make a model from clay, then make a plaster form from the model, and then carve their designs freehand into the plaster before embossing even clay into those designs. Their pieces are finished with their own original glaze palate, which combines a soft satin matte glaze with a slick, glossy glaze.
Each piece is oven (follow instructions), microwave and dishwasher safe.
Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Hometown: Fairfield, OH
Wooden bowls have a natural, raw look that makes any space feel more inviting and cozy. Though these home essentials are quite popular, Thomas Stahl has managed to put a completely unique spin on them with his collection of Stahl Bowls. Rather than sticking to a single type of wood, Stahl works with 36 different species of wood from all over the world. Then, he incorporates a variety of colors and textures into each bowl to create a completely one-of-a-kind piece. In fact, the typical Stahl Bowl can feature anywhere from dozens to hundreds of individual pieces of wood.
Stahl creates a number of bowls that, while complementary, defy that matchy-matchy look seen in other pieces. Many customers enjoy collecting a variety of his snack bowls, bread bowls, salad bowls and other creations to create a beautiful wood theme throughout the home. Each Stahl Bowl also has a durable and food-safe finish that makes them just as practical as they are beautiful. Meet Stahl and see his work in person at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Hometown: Lexington, MA
For nearly 30 years, Steve Stamas has been designing and crafting fine American jewelry. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Master of Fine Arts degrees, Steve spent nearly a decade travelling the world and apprenticing under number master craftsmen. It was during this time that he first discovered jewelry design, which he saw as a way to perfectly capture the essence of the places and cultures that inspired him. Add in a little bit of romance and fantasy, and the result is an uncompromising jewelry collection you won’t find anywhere else.
Steve now produces lightweight earrings, necklaces, pins and bracelets that blend contemporary glamour and traditional sophistication. Using sterling silver, 14-karat gold fill and the finest semi-precious stones, his array of innovative designs have beget the “modern classic” look that can be enjoyed now and forever. His energy and passion are always leading him to new ideas and inventive techniques, and all his creations are fully guaranteed. If you’ve never seen Steve’s sensational jewelry in person, you owe it to yourself to visit him at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
What better way to get a handcrafted piece of pure Americana than by purchasing something made by an actual combat veteran? Brian Steorts has found a way to channel his enduring patriotism into a beautiful craft through his company, Flags of Valor. This veteran-owned and operated business features beautifully crafted wooden flags that make gorgeous Americana accents to display in your home. Every flag made by this unique company is 100 percent handmade in the U.S. by a combat veteran. Custom engravings can be added to select pieces in order to create a beautiful tribute to a military member.
Because each piece of wood has its own distinctive character, no two pieces made by Flags of Valor are exactly alike. Deep hues of red, white and blue are added to each one to bring out the natural wood grain. Distressing methods are also used to add that beautiful antique look to each wood flag. Meet Steorts at an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival and choose a piece from Flags of Valor that lets you show your pride in a beautiful and artistic way.
Hometown: Aberdeen, MD
Jill Stern’s eye-catching wearable art will turn anybody into a walking art gallery. Her funky clothing and footwear boast bold colors and a healthy dose of attitude. Personally knitting, sewing, dyeing and painting every piece, Jill emphasizes fun color combos while revisiting certain themes such as spirals and checkerboards. From bright long-sleeve shirts with decorated buttons to hand-painted “Happy Feet” shoes, her one-of-a-kind apparel is as comfortable as it is fashionable.
Jill got her start in arts and crafts by designing hand-loom knitwear and teaching the techniques before transitioning to designing and painting garments. In addition to wearable art, she now creates home décor such as lamps, clocks and other accessories with her unique artistic touch. The Maryland resident will also customize your clothing or shoes, with numerous fabric, color and design options available so you’ll get a piece that perfectly matches your personality. If you’re looking to make your wardrobe hip again, come see Jill at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and see just how fun apparel can be!
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Sculpture by Gary Stevenson creates realistic wildlife sculptures with painstaking attention to detail. In his sculpting, founder and artist Gary Stevenson aims to capture the unique appearance and essence of some of nature’s most recognizable creatures, all based on the animals he found in the woods of his home state of Texas and his current home in Virginia Beach.
Gary Stevenson first sculpts each animal out of delicate porcelain to really understand its form, then he replicates the result in wood resin. He then hand paints each piece to reflect the fur, feathers, scales or other textures each animal has, resulting in a truly realistic effect that he aims to make as close as possible to the real thing. Sculpture by Gary Stevenson creates everything from wood resin sculptures of birds, animals and fish to wildlife lamps, candle holders and jewelry. For the animal lover and art collector, a piece by Sculpture by Gary Stevenson is a true treasure.
Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
Hometown: Hackettstown, NJ
Col de Mar Sea Leather Accessories is a Hackettstown, New Jersey-based company specializing in eco-friendly leather goods. These unique items are made out of Tilapia fish leather rather than traditional leather, all of which is derived from the aquaculture industry that raises Tilapia fish for human consumption. This allows Col de Mar Sea Leather Accessories to use each and every part of the fish, cutting down on waste and utilizing a renewable resource.
Col de Mar Sea Leather Accessories are colorful and useful, featuring a premium leather that is just as luxurious as that used in high-end fashion lines. This sustainable new material is used throughout the company collections, featuring its geometric texture and supple feel in all wallets, card cases, handbags and more. These luxury leather goods come in your choice of bright, beach-inspired colors like emerald green, sunny yellow and rich, wine red, creating a look that’s made to last despite the fashion trends.
Hometown: Grand Island, NY
While some artists create art with paints and a brush, Robin Strauss is a contemporary artist who creates masterpieces with fused glass. Residing on a small island near Buffalo, NY, Strauss has been exhibiting her work at art shows for the past 30 years throughout the East Coast as well as several galleries and local shops. “I take pride in the design and quality construction of each piece paying much attention to detail. I love to play with the contrast of colors, textures and shapes, often slumping the glass to obtain a 3-D effect on some pieces.” Strauss creates everything from realistic representations of nature to abstract interpretations. Her florals and landscape pieces have a mosaic-like quality. The patience and skill that is involved in the process of heat-bonding separate pieces of glass in a kiln is evident in each creation. Strauss exhibits her ever-growing selection of many types of fusion art glass at various artisanal craft shows throughout the area. Meet her at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!