Kristine Waldron / MEME Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry
jewelry / other
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Richelle Walk / Richelle Leigh Collection
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
"My designs are inspired by the natural beauty I see in gemstones. I like to look at the mineral and echo what I see there in my piece using the inclusions that enhance the stone and give it valuable character. Whether I am looking at a Tourmalated or Rutilated Quartz, a piece of Jasper, or a well-cut faceted gemstone I am using. My jewelry is created out of sterling silver, 14 karat white or yellow gold, and natural gemstones. I personally handcraft each piece from start to finish by using the lost wax cast process. I design each piece in wax by hand. I model the wax by using different gauge wax rods and sheet. Casting is just the beginning. I finish each piece of jewelry individually by using a series of metalsmithing techniques which include filing, sanding, fabricating hardware, soldering, stone setting, and polishing."
Ede Walker / Ede Walker Pottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Smyrna, NY
Pottery can be quite simple and stunning, but Ede Walker’s beautifully detailed designs are sure to catch your eye. The geometric patterns and brightly contrasting tones she uses in her line of Ede Walker Pottery are inspired by the artwork of ancient Puebloan and Mayan cultures. Her studies in the pottery of these ancient potters has inspired her to create her distinctive and beautiful pieces of painted pottery.
The majority of pottery pieces by Walker are totally functional in the everyday home. Whether you need a beautiful serving piece or a place to store fresh fruits and vegetables, the bowls made by Walker provide the perfect vessel. And with so many different designs and color schemes from which to choose, it’s easy to find a piece of Ede Walker Pottery that complements your décor. Meet Walker and see her beautiful pottery in person at an upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Lisa Walker / Pink House Designs
Hometown: Upperco, MD
Chan Wang / zenart
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Molly Wang / Woolbuddy
Yandong Wang / Yan’s Art Sudio
Metal Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Crownsville, MD
Wendy Waugaman / WLW Designs
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Port Clyde, ME
Wendy Waugaman is a Maine-based jewelry-maker who crafts one-of-a-kind pieces for the discerning jewelry-lover under the name WLW Designs. With a primary focus on mixing precious metals with hand-picked stones, Waugaman offers a fantastic collection of beautiful showpieces ranging from traditional to contemporary. Each piece reflects Waugaman’s signature elegance, featuring delicate metalworking and prominently set semi-precious gemstones that are treated with care.
All Wendy Waugaman jewelry is made from fine-quality 14-karat gold or sterling silver for a long-lasting, gift-worthy appeal. She handcrafts a huge selection of retro-inspired pieces that are rich in bold, eye-catching shapes and playful colors and patterns. Make sure to stop by the WLW Designs booth at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festivals event near you. We’re proud to position Waugaman’s work among a variety of region- and world-renowned jewelry artists at our annual shows throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
Lisa Weber / Silver Vine Jewelry
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
Helen & Allen Weichman / Groundhog Blues Pottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Reeders, PA
Whether you’re looking for decorative or functional stoneware, the work of Helen and Allen Weichman is one of a kind. With more than 90 years of combined experience, the two opened Groundhog Blues Pottery in 1973 have been producing beautiful ceramics by hand ever since. Helen instills her love of animals into her work, producing a number of collections themed for cute critters such as their “Man’s Best Friend” line. Allen hand throws each of his pieces, creating sculptural aspects on items where, in his words, you “can almost smell the earth”.
From plates to soup tureens, from reclining cats to punch bowls, every dish and sculpture from Groundhog Blues is made to order using throwing and firing techniques that are perfect for the specific item. Add in stunning glazes and patterns, and their pieces will look perfect on your dining room table or bookshelf. Both Helen and Allen are regular demonstrating artists at Sugarloaf, offering enthusiasts a chance to see masterful wheel-thrown pottery at work. Make sure to come see them in action!
Angela Welti / BJ Creations
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Angela Welti has been making distinctive jewelry in her studio in Okemos, MI for over thirty years. Welti is at the helm of BJ Creations and creating hand crocheted silk and nylon jewelry. Her distinctive designs are embellished with stone, wood, crystals, and silver and gold beads. Her dedication and love for design is reflected in every piece.
“Using multiple variations, I hand knot, crochet wrap and sew my designs. I use silk and nylon based cord and incorporate many different stones, wood crystals, silver and gold beads, etc. All my original designs are done by me by hand in my home studio. My tools include needle nose pliers, penny nails in a board (to create various patterns) several different dowels and “sticks” (for winding and wrapping) and others.” It’s precise work that requires great patience and attention to detail. “It often involves organizing and knotting up to 16 strands at a time.”
Jay Wennersten / Wennersten's Etchings
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Carol Stream, IL
Jay Wennersten has created a unique body of work in Wennersten's Etchings. The Carol Stream, Illinois-based artists uses different techniques such as drypoint, aquatint and multi-plate etchings to bring his artwork to life. He hand etches images onto copper plates, hand prints and colors work to create prints and other media. He produces museum-quality inks and papers that will stun visitors to your home, or wherever you choose to hang your prints.
His prints and artwork include nature sceneries, photographs and images taken from rural settings, and several series that include subjects such as early life and domesticated animals that strike a chord with many audiences. Find works including paintings, prints and fine art on display and for sale in Wennersten's booth at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Frank Westfall / Middle Earth Leather Works
leather / clothing
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
With a business named Middle Earth Leather Works, it is safe to say that Frank Westfall is a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and that shows with the creativity he brings to his work. A second-generation tailor, Westfall has been selling leather goods in upstate New York for more than 40 years.
He creations show off the beauty of leather in everything from handbags to jackets with unique designs for each one. A mechanical engineer by trade and with skills in machine tool and dye, Westfall brings a wealth of education as well as personal experience to his products. He makes his own patterns as well, which show the dedication he has to all of his designs.
As one of the top leather workers at Sugarloaf Creative Festivals, Westfall’s work stands out. Join us at our next festival to see his work in person and learn the stories behind each design.
Chae Wheeler / Wheeler's Craft
wood / functional wood
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Susan Whitehouse-Evenson / Tres Jolie Design by Sue
Polymer Clay Jewelry
Hometown: Clarksburg, MD
Kyle Wilson / Left Behind Photography by Kyle Wilson
Hometown: Clayton, NC
Kyle Wilson of Left Behind Photography uses high dynamic range photography on old objects, natural scenes, and abandoned houses and buildings often native to his hometown of Clayton, North Carolina. To Kyle, the peeling paint and cracked wood represent a feeling of “life interrupted,” the theme of much of his work and the inspiration of the name of his business, Left Behind Photography.
Kyle uses this modern method of HDR photography because to him, it captures the essence of what your eye can see far better than a single exposure image and more closely resembles what he sees in the field. “Your shadows are dark, your highlights are bright, and your colors are rich,” he elaborates on his method and how it contrasts to typical photography. The method does wonders to present old and rundown subject matter to the viewer in the vibrant and appreciative lenses through which Wilson observes.
Margaret Wilson / Wissie Cakes
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Wissie Cakes, located in Virginia Beach, Va., is known for its heavenly cakes and cookies, old-fashioned cranberry-orange and pumpkins breads and moist macaroons. Grandmother Wilson, affectionately called “Wissie” by her grandchildren, was a local celebrity thanks to her baking skills. Today, her son Floyd and daughter-in-law Margaret have carried on the tradition of made-from-scratch baked goods, following Wissie’s recipes and sharing her delicious confections at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. You’ll want to find their booth right away because once the sweet smell of fresh-baked cakes and goodies fills the air, people will be making a beeline for Wissie’s. Wissie Cakes features a variety of tasty treats including oatmeal toffee pecan cookies, Cowgirl Cookies, which are made with oatmeal, coconut and chunks of chocolate and lemon pound cake. Be sure to bring your appetite when you stop by Wissie Cakes’ booth – you won’t be able to help yourself.
Rachel Williamson / Fairweather Farm
Hometown: Afton, VA
With just one acre, one woman creates 100 percent homegrown, handmade products like bark baskets, culinary spice blends, herbal teas and more. Rachel Williamson’s Fairweather Farm is one very efficiently enterprising member of the Sugarloaf Craft Family.
For the past five years, Rachel has grown a diverse mix of herbs, spices and flowers that go into her signature blends. Prolific tulip trees from the surrounding woods make for perfect material for her bark baskets. In the spring, as the sap rises in the trees to push out new leaves, you’ll find Rachel in the woods, peeling sap-loosened bark from the trunks. Because of their rustic nature, no two baskets are ever the same. They’re delightful for displaying dried flowers.
Rachel’s specialized blends of culinary spices and teas will really make you appreciate the different flavors from her dried, homegrown herbs. Her spices take the guesswork out of seasoning! Her Smoke blend, featuring salt, cilantro, toasted coriander, smoked Anaheim pepper, oregano, garlic, smoked ancho pepper and onion, is a natural complement to “all things south of the border.” And we promise her outstanding “Civil-teas,” Profani-teas” and loose-leaf teas are not to be missed.
Ryan Williamson / The Mouse Works
textiles & fashion design / accessories / hats
Hometown: Earlysville, VA
The son of a wood turner and a teacher in rural West Virginia, Ryan Williamson of The Mouse Works Studio learned how to be self-sufficient at an early age. Hand-making tools, clothes and other items were a necessity on the homestead! In fact, his first foray into sewing happened because what Ryan needed couldn’t be found in stores.
As a 14-year-old with a big head, Ryan combed store after store looking for a trendy jester hat that would fit him. Finding none, he complained about the situation to his father. Not one to deal with teenage whining, Ryan’s dad gave him some scraps of fleece and a quick sewing lesson, then told him to get to work. The next day, Ryan’s friend offered to buy it right off his head. Four years later, he was running his company out of his dorm room to finance his college tuition and summer backpacking trips. In 2001, he moved to Virginia and started turning the entrepreneurial gears at The Mouse Works.
The Mouse Works studio is named after Ryan’s Appalachian Trail name, Timothy Mouse. He loves the outdoors so much, that he doesn’t even sleep in his own mouse house, opting instead to slumber beneath the stars under a tarp. His adventures have taken him along more than 10,000 miles of trail, including completing the AT twice. His handmade, recycled material hats, neck warmers and more will keep him and customers of all ages warm for many adventures to come!
David Winigrad / Contemporary Whirligigs
Wood / Mixed Media
Hometown: Penn Valley, PA
John Woods / CTM
Wood Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Kathy Workowski / avenue of peace
textiles & fashion design / weaving & knitting
Hometown: Kutztown, PA
Pennsylvania textile artist Kathy Workowski uses her avenue of peace studio to create adorable baby booties and matching hats. She hand knits or weaves each little accessory with upmost care so your baby feels warm and cozy. Her designs include cute, playful puppies and rich purple flowers. Keep an eye out for her other works at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals!
Hometown: Rowayton, CT
Ed Wright has an extensive repertoire and plays his acoustic guitar with a sophisticated, understated style.