Tom Wachs / Tom Wachs Photography
Hometown: University Park, MD
Tom Wachs forfeited a government job as a geophysicist to pursue professional photography full time in the mid-1980’s. He finds so much satisfaction in photography that he felt compelled to make it his full time career.
At Sugarloaf and other shows, Tom relishes the opportunity to talk with people about his photos, astronomy, travel and current events. He enjoys sharing the behind the scenes stories of his images.
Astronomy subjects are his best sellers, especially images of the August 2017 total solar eclipse.
Tom’s work appears in many government, commercial and non-profit buildings including the FBI, CIA, IRS, AAA, Red Cross, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian.
Say hello during Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and ask Tom how he got some of his amazing shots!
Sarah Wagner-Ranes / Sweet Sally’s Soaps
Hometown: Ephrata, PA
Sarah Wagner-Ranes was pursuing a career in photography when she started making soap as a side project. She was drawn to soap making through her interest in herbs, essential oils and cooking.
Her background as a visual artist has a big impact on her approach to making soap. It’s important to her that her soaps are visually satisfying as well as wholesome bath and body products.
Sarah’s original recipes are carefully crafted with the highest quality ingredients to cleanse, soothe and pamper your skin. Her handmade soaps, lotions, perfumes and bath bombs are made with organic base oils, organic shea butter and organic cocoa butter. Using her knowledge of aromatherapy, she adds essential oils to formulate fragrances that will nourish your spirit as well as your skin.
Check out her bath and body products at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. You might just fall in love with her custom fragrances!
Shane Wagner & Royston Souvunir / Planted Organics Salad Dressing & Marinades
Hometown: Troy, NY
One-time track athletes Shane and Royston have always understood the connection between good nutrition and athletic performance. As Division I hurdlers at the University of Albany, they made most of their own meals to ensure they were getting good nutrition.
They created their organic salad dressings and marinades because they weren’t satisfied with most of the dressings on the market. Once they had mastered healthy dressing recipes, the next logical step was to start a business around it!
While working other jobs after college, they labored over salad dressing recipes, trying to produce delicious dressings free of gluten, preservatives and added salt.
Their dressings are made with real fruit and small amounts of organic sunflower oil to yield immensely flavorful concentrated dressings and marinades.
Just half a tablespoon of these zesty dressings is all you need for an incredible salad to fuel your life!
Try a taste of these gourmet dressings at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Bill & Grace Wald
Wood - Functional
Hometown: Hardwood, ND
Bill and Grace Wald make cedar-lined oak heritage wooden trunks, jewelry boxes and jewelry armoires. Bill does the woodworking and Grace adds the velvet linings on the jewelry boxes and armoires. Bill likes to say the woodwork is the cake and the velvet lining is the icing. Can’t have one without the other!
Nowadays, they really concentrate on heritage-style oak trunks and jewelry armoires. People place orders during Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals (and other shows) and the Wald’s ship the finished product anywhere in the United States.
The jewelry armoires are their most in demand item. The lingerie drawers at the bottom are cedar-lined and the upper nine drawers are custom made with personalized stain colors and choice of velvet linings.
Their oak trunks are also lined with cedar to protect the contents from moth and mildew. People often position them at the foot of their bed where they serve as a temporary seat as well as storage. These fine handcrafted trunks and armoires will be family keepsakes for future generations.
Stop by their booth at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and test them for yourself!
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.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Lisa Walker / Pink House Designs
Hometown: Upperco, MD
Chan Wang / zenart
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Maggie Wang and Nick Hu created ink paintings on traditional canvases until the mid-2000’s when they transitioned to painting on soft aluminum plates. Their work combines techniques of sculpting, polishing, digital inking, acrylic and spray painting to create a unique style of contemporary art.
The combination of careful polishing and the soft, reflective quality of aluminum, they create an impressionist 3D texture in their paintings. Their landscapes are largely inspired by the scenery they encountered while traveling around the United States and in their native Mongolia.
Molly Wang / Woolbuddy
Yandong Wang / Yan’s Art Sudio
Metal Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Crownsville, MD
Elisa Warder / E. Warder Studio
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
E. Warder Studio features one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry made with fresh pearls, gemstones, crystals and other items set in sterling silver and 14K gold.
Elissa Warder has explored many creative mediums and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. On her fourth wedding anniversary, her husband gave her four diamonds and an invitation to design her own ring with them.
She sketched some designs and took the diamonds to Veberod Gem Gallery to have the ring made. Much to her surprise, the gallery made her ring and offered her a job at the gallery!
While working there, she was inspired to create jewelry which accentuated the natural beauty of the gemstones. In 1991, she launched E. Warder Studio and her own line of jewelry.
Nancy Wasserman / Glitzy Glass
Hometown: Washington, DC
Nancy Wasserman was a participating artist at the very first Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in 1975. She remember “The Association” played live music during the show.
Then she moved to Hawaii and stayed there for 30 years. When she returned to the East Coast, a friend taught her how to work with glass and soon after, Nancy returned to Sugarloaf.
She is most known for her nail files which are made from Swarovski crystal accented with dichroic glass. The crystal creates extremely smooth nails. These files are especially helpful for diabetics, chemo patients and infants but also for anyone with sensitive skin. The crystal files last indefinitely so you might never need to buy a nail file again!
Nancy also makes jewelry and Judaica items. Her designs are inspired by everything from Hawaii’s flowing lava to her grandmother’s lace patterns.
She lives in the Washington DC area so she can see her grandchildren often.
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.
Cookie Wayte / Fiberlicious!
Textiles / Accessories
Hometown: St. Augustine Beach, FL
Lisa Weber / Silver Vine Jewelry
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
Hometown: Lords Valley, PA
Susan Wechsler / Susan Wechsler Designs
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Hamburg, NJ
Susan Wechsler started hand crafting functional pottery in 1967. She built up her own wholesale designer pottery business but gave it up in the early 80’s so she could devote herself more fully to creating new art.
Her passion for cooking and entertaining is what drives her to create gorgeous platters, baskets and bowls to enhance the foods they hold and to beautify the home environment.
She has continued to develop her own line of handmade functional ceramics for home and office. Her work has appeared in museums throughout the United States and in publications by Woman’s Day Magazine and Lark Books.
Susan’s ceramic pieces are made with food safe glazes and are dishwasher and oven safe.
Helen & Allen Weichman / Groundhog Blues Pottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Reeders, PA
Helen and Alan Weichman have been creating handmade pottery together in their Poconos Mountains, PA studio since 1973. They make functional dinnerware and animal sculptures, finding continual inspiration from the dogs, cats and parrots living with them.
The line of serving ware includes nut bowls with a separate compartment for shells, the “Bageggler” used to make perfect microwaved eggs for bagel sandwiches. They also have an assortment of animal-themed teapots and soup tureens.
Helen has a series of dogs doing yoga as well as giraffes, manatees, elephants, cats and vultures. They do custom orders such as animal sculptures created from pet photos.
Be sure to catch Helen and Allen demonstrating their work at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals!
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.
Heidi Wetzel / Heidi’s Baskets
Hometown: Easton, MD
Heidi Wetzel immigrated from the Black Forest region of Germany to Brooklyn, NY when she was just a teenager. For many years, she worked with special needs children as her main occupation and practiced weaving as a side hobby to help her unwind. As her weaving skills improved, she began improvising in her designs, integrating objects found during her global travels into her work.
She creates baskets, wall art, wrapped vases, ceramic bowls draped with fiber and themed dioramas. Her woven handiwork incorporates pretty much any material she finds interesting, which includes items as varied as fired glass beads, wood turnings, paper, feathers, bones, metallic strips, shells and other miscellaneous objects. She particularly loves to use nature-made materials like cedar bark, cane, sweetgrass, leather and handspun yarn.
Each of her finished pieces is an unrepeatable work of art suited for decorative or functional purposes.
Keisha Whatley / Custom Arts Studio
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Keisha Whatley lives by a simple artistic motto - “make things beautiful!”
She has been creating, especially painting, for most of her life. During challenging times, creative work helped her find healing and renewal.
She works with businesses and individual clients on a variety of creative projects. In 2019, she will serve an artist residency at Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum for an exhibit titled America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. Her work has also been featured at The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia.
One of Keisha’s proudest accomplishments is her Women of Inspiration Project which features portraits of twelve African American women who have persevered and inspired others through their faith and strength.
Chae Wheeler / Wheeler's Craft
wood / functional wood
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Kent White & Jeff Smith / Illuminated Objects, LLC
Hometown: Austin, TX
Kent White and Jeff Smith resurrect vintage appliances and give them new life as inspired works of art with a practical purpose. Combining artistic sensibility with engineering know-how, they create eclectic lamps and other items that delight their new owners.
Each illuminated object is a carefully conceived masterpiece of artistry matched with technical functionality.
With the invention of electricity, the world changed over night. Kent and Jeff hope to invoke the sense of wonder people experienced a century ago with the introduction of indoor electric lights, telephones and other modern conveniences.
All Illuminated Objects are made with certified materials and carefully tested for safety and functionality.
Susan Whitehouse-Evenson / Tres Jolie Design by Sue
Polymer Clay Jewelry
Hometown: Clarksburg, MD
James Whitley III / Grandmaster Studio
Hometown: Manassas, VA
In his youth, James Whitley spent many hours creating visual images of action heroes and fantasy worlds. He expected he’d become a comic book artist eventually.
Later he studied martial arts and became deeply absorbed in this new field. He went on to teach and perform at prominent martial arts events and was featured in martial arts media.
Since becoming a Christian in 2007, James’ creative activities are often Biblically inspired. He has acted in and directed several films and shows in the mid-Atlantic.
His colorful animated character paintings portray lessons and stories inspired by scripture.
Diana Widman / Diana Widman Design, LLC
Gold & Silver Jewelry
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Diana Widman took the Graduate Gemologist program at the Gemological Institute of America. As a metalsmith, she turns precious metals into dreamy and imaginative jewelry designs embellished with precious gems.
One of her preferred metalsmithing techniques is fold forming, a process which creates textured metal designs, sometimes imitating the look of fabric. Prior to becoming a jewelry crafter, Diana Widman was a printmaker and bookbinder.
Diana’s work has appeared in several professional jewelry and fashion magazines. Celebrity cook, Rachel Ray, has worn her jewelry on her show.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Debra Wiggins / Supreme Accents
textiles & home design / quilts & comforters
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Debra Wiggins owns and runs Supreme Accents with her mother, Esther, and daughter, Shanna. They create quilted home decor items such as table runners, wall hangings, pillows, placemats, blankets and comforters.
Everything is made with 100% cotton, fleece and velvet, chosen for their long lasting warmth and comfort. Working out of their home studio, Debra is the lead quilter, Esther infuses the design of their pillow and blanket collection with her playful spirit. Shanna applies her graphic design skills to create new color and pattern combinations.
Laurie Wilhite / Evergreen Mountain, LLC
misc / accessories
Hometown: Santa Claus, IN
Laurie and her husband have their son to thank for their craft show business. As a teenager, their oldest son needed to do a 4-H project with wood.
Laurie’s husband bought a lathe and father and son practiced making bowls and pens. Pretty soon he caught the woodturning bug and wanted to keep improving his techniques. He decided to concentrate on just pens and discontinued making bowls.
Now husband and wife do all the creation together. They found a glass artist how to make glass pen holders and they spend two months every year at his studio in Lowell, MA concentrating exclusively on making pen holders during that time. Their pen and glass pen holder sets are their best sellers.
They have also created some eclectic designs such as their watch face pens which incorporate watch faces into the pen case which gives them a classy, vintage look.
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.
misc / sculpture & collectibles
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Kimberly Wilcox began her artistic career as a New York street artist in the 1980’s. She’s been creating ever since with the help and support of her partner for over 30 years. She uses found wood, metal and other material to create 3-D sculptures of the human form and wearable art.
She describes her work as a physical expression of her life experiences and a “contemporary spin on primitive form. The kinetically alive sculptural figures share a seamless integration between the world and the human spirit.”
She has exhibited her work at museums and galleries around the world, most recently at Jacksonville International Airport.
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!
Carin Willis / Happi Sac, Inc.
Hometown: Brewster, NY
Carin Willis’ parents were also in the manufacturing business when she was growing up which gave her a sense of the industry.
During a trip to Italy with her Mom and her sister, Carin saw a handbag which was similar to a traditional Japanese knot bag. She had an idea to use a similar idea to create a high fashion bag from suede and leather. In December 2015, she launched HappiSac with just one bag design and gradually expanded her line. She learned from listening to the feedback from people who did not purchase the original Happi Sac which led to her creating two sizes of Happi Sacs as well as tote bags.
The Happi Sac is a compact, self-closing bag which holds just the essentials for an afternoon or evening out. It is an ideal bag for women who don’t like carrying a bag but need at least a small purse to keep themselves together. The bags come in small and large and in a variety of colors. For further convenience, the bags have grommets on each side a to attach Happi Sac’s key charms.
David Winigrad / Contemporary Whirligigs
Wood / Mixed Media
Hometown: Penn Valley, PA
Henry Wischusen / Forestique
Hometown: Peachtree Corners, GA
Henry Wischusen took up woodcarving at a young age, at first making small boats and miniature sculptures. After 35 years in the corporate world, he resumed woodcrafting, but with a more environmentally friendly approach.
He creates intricately carved jewelry, home accessories and other items out of pliable wood veneers. By using only veneers, Henry is able to create beautiful accessories with minimal environmental impact. His wooden bracelets, made with thin slivers of wood only 1/40 of an inch thick, easily open and close around your wrist.
All Forestique items retain their natural color to showcase the inherent beauty of the woods. Each piece is coated with organic Tung oil to protect the natural wood surface.
Amanda Wolf / Wolf's Den Pottery
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
As a child growing up in Chester County, PA, Amanda Wolf spent many hours exploring the outdoors in the fields and woods surrounding her home. Her parents also maintained a robust garden teeming with many varieties of trees and flowers.
This intimacy with the natural world carried over to her pottery designs. In her Pittsburgh studio, she hand throws and builds each piece, and adds her hand painted designs, stamps and sprig flourishes. Her nature-themed functional pottery pieces are all dishwasher and microwave safe.
Jennifer Wolken / The Artist Studio, LLC
Bookbinding & Papermaking
Hometown: Springfield, MO
John Woods / CTM
Wood Sculpture & Collectibles
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Jennifer Woods / High Strung Studios
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Jenny Woods has always enjoyed making jewelry and playing guitar. One day in 2010 while changing her guitar strings, a lightbulb went off in her head and she realized the textured strings would make great jewelry wire!
In addition to guitar string bracelets, necklaces and earrings, she’s branched out into coasters, Christmas ornaments, recycled greeting cards and other items. She also does custom work such as commemorative items to honor loved ones who have passed away.
Rachel Ray was seen sporting High Strung Studios’ Interlude Bracelet on her show for 6 weeks! Jon Stewart and Chicago band members are also fans.
Come on by at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and examine her guitar string jewelry!
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.
Marie Wright / Marie Wright Pottery
Hometown: Pittsboro, NC
Marie Wright makes crystalline-glazed pottery pieces. She strives to achieve a beautiful aesthetic designs with brilliant glaze finishes.
During ceramics classes in college she fell in love with crystalline-glazed work. But her instructor and other experienced potters told her the technique is quite complicated.
She continued earning her degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and began work as a research scientist. However, her love for ceramics and especially for crystalline glaze pieces was always in the back of her mind.
After college, she returned to pottery-making and realized that as a biochemist, she could probably figure out how to create the complicated glazes she long to achieve. By scouring various publications for hints, she managed to figure out the steps.
Just as she had been warned, she found the process to be difficult and much fussier than standard pottery glazes.
This delicate process inevitably means she ends up with more failed attempts. But she feels the challenges are worthwhile since she derives so much satisfaction from the successful pieces.