Sugarloaf Crafts Summer Update

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals will be back before you know it! We want to keep you updated as we plan our amazing Fall Tour. We're making sure each of the six festivals are a truly unique shopping experience - and we want our dates on your schedule! Read on for a fall preview of Sugarloaf: 

Artists - Apply Now! Fall '18 & Spring '19 Tours - A Few Spaces Left!

Sugarloaf's Spring '19 Tour jurying has begun! Hundreds of artists and craftspeople have already applied and we're excited to welcome new members to our creative community. Limited space remains for both Fall '18 and Spring '19. Tell your artist friends to apply today!

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Sugarloaf Crafts' Fall Tour: Save the Dates!

Start planning your shopping experience now. Customized shopping guides are available for each show.  

Featured Artists!

Meet these talented Sugarloaf artisans on our next tour!

Hannah Long

Hannah Long creates organically-inspired jewelry with a bohemian flair by fusing fine metals with gemstones. Each piece is handmade in her studio; many featuring stones hand cut by Hannah herself! Stop by her booth this fall to see her designs up close.

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Terrianne Taylor - Pretty Baby Naturals

Terrianne Taylor started creating soaps and lotions after rediscovering recipes in a family cookbook. She tells the story best herself - click the image below to hear the humble start of Pretty Baby Naturals.

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Bruce Garrabrandt

Everyone appreciates an artist of amazing talent who doesn't take themselves too seriously; self-taught Sugarloafer Bruce Garrabrandt is just that! Whether you want a traditional drawing or something more whimsical, he's happy to create whatever your heart desires.

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Keep in touch with @SugarloafCrafts on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Enjoy the summer as Sugarloaf recharges for another record-breaking fall tour. See you soon!

Summer Heat, Cool Designs from Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

While we're busy making the Sugarloaf Crafts' Fall Tour an amazing experience for you, our artists are busy in their studios creating new works. Summer is definitely here - the hot sun provides a perfect reason to relax and start planning ahead for the fall. Make sure Sugarloaf Craft Festivals are on your schedule! Read on for a fall preview:


Artists - Spring '19 Applications - Deadline 7/30!

Dive in to Sugarloaf Craft Festivals' Spring 2019 Tour! 5 Top Shows in PA, VA, MD and NJ. Sugarloaf provides a springboard and a platform for new or emerging craftspeople to grow their business. Don't be shy - new artists and crafters are always encouraged to submit an application. Deadline for applications is July 30th - Apply Today!



Featured Artists!

Meet these talented artists this fall at a Sugarloaf Craft Festivals!

Jennifer Woods

High Strung Studios' Jennifer Woods gives guitar strings a second life as integral parts of her jewelry. Guitarists from across the country donate their strings to be upcycled into bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Jennifer joins us at all 6 tour locations this fall - come check her work out!

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Roxie Parent - Roxie's Studio

Ceramic artist Roxie parent creates quirky and functional clay vases, platters, cheese spreaders, and more. Stop by her booth to see her work take shape - she'll be doing live demonstrations at all 6 fall shows.

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John Akkus - Akkus Silver Touch

Another live demo performer at Sugarloaf is metal spinner John Akkus. Using an ever-evolving set of skills, he expertly crafts metal bells, bowls, and wall hangings. 

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Keep in touch with @SugarloafCrafts on FacebookInstagram and Twitter! Enjoy the summer relaxation as Sugarloaf builds another great tour. We'll see you this fall!

Sugarloaf Spring Recap + Save the Dates for Sugarloaf Fall Tour!

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals' Spring Tour was a success, some of our most fun events ever! More than a thousand artists showcased their talents, we introduced new locations and dates, and our new "Learn to Paint" classes were a hit! Thank you for attending and for your support of our independent artisans. Each sale goes directly to these hard working entrepreneurs and your purchases help these talented people continue to create. We can't wait to see you again this fall!

Sugarloaf Crafts' Fall Tour: Save the Dates!


Sugarloaf Crafts' Calls Artists!

Are you an artist, or have some creative friends? Make a living doing what you love at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals! We're always looking for new exhibitors to participate in our juried events. Learn more about our special community and apply for our Fall Tour today!


Artist Focus - Get Inspired!

There are so many talented artisans to meet at every Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Learn more about some of our favorites.


Hailey Banda Ceramics

Ceramicist Hailey Banda has been coming to Sugarloaf long before she became an exhibitor. Watch to learn more about Hailey and her beautiful work.


Sharon Teaman Designs

Classic with contemporary flair, Sharon Teaman creates fine jewelry designs using precious metals and stones. Learn more about Sharon and her jewelry that you will love forever.

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Follow @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up on the latest news! Thanks for being a part of Sugarloaf Craft Festivals this spring. We can’t wait to see you again for the best holiday shopping this fall!

Sugarloaf Crafts at Mont Co Fairgrounds This Weekend! Tickets 20% Off Today + Show Preview

Sugarloaf Crafts returns this weekend to the Mont. Co. Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD. April 20-22, have fun shopping from 275+ talented artisans. Find a new spring style and spruce up the house with things unique and special. Jewelry, pottery, fashion, fine art, photography, furniture, decor and more! Sugarloaf is one-stop shopping for Mothers Day, Graduations and Weddings. Bring the kids, they'll love the dress up theater! Tickets 20% off today!

Plan Your Visit to Sugarloaf Crafts!
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
501 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD
April 20, 21 & 22

Friday & Saturday 10a - 6p / Sunday 10a - 5p
Tickets: $10 at the door / kids 12 and under free
20% OFF TODAY!


Gift Guide

Sugarloaf's Gift Guide has something special for you! Browse and start planning your shopping. Click through for featured exhibitors and exclusive deals.

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Preview the Show

With new exhibitors and returning favorites, it is always an exciting and inspiring weekend at Sugarloaf Crafts! Browse the show and get ready to meet more than 275 talented artisans. Read on for special highlights! 


Mercedes Sherwood Designs

Feel the spring vibes with these bright and happy handbags by Mercedes Sherwood Designs. Artist Constance Scott uses vintage barkcloth to create her original designs. Stop by and find your favorite this weekend!

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Dana Smallwood

There's always something to new to see at sculptor Dana Smallwood's booth! From whimsical to functional, you'll love this creative work. Come say hi to Dana this weekend at Sugarloaf Crafts.

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Grateful Gathers Glass

The grace and beauty of Grateful Gathers Glass is undeniable. Organic movement and bright colors make each piece special. Find a great addition to your home, or a perfect gift. This weekend!

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We can't wait for a fabulous Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD. Keep up to date on all things Sugarloaf. Follow us, @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. See you this weekend!  

Sugarloaf Crafts Comes to MD in April!

Spring has sprung! Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is arriving with 2 fresh and fantastic shows this April. Join us in the DC and Baltimore areas. Find special and unique Mother’s Day, graduation and wedding gifts, plus treats for you. Shop from hundreds of talented artisans, sample yummy small batch foods and watch live art demonstrations. The kids will love the free dress up theater. Something for everyone!


Sugarloaf Crafts’ Spring Tour:

Click through to preview the shows, get directions and buy your tickets!


Artist Previews - Get Inspired!

There are so many amazingly talented artisans to meet at every Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Peruse the participating artists in Gaithersburg and Timonium. Get excited to meet and shop from some awesome artisans!


Marty Silverman

Watch art come to life before your eyes! Master stone sculptor Marty Silverman shares his gift at Sugarloaf Crafts. Using marble, granite and other stone selected for organic beauty, you’ll fall in love his work. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind! Meet Marty at Sugarloaf.

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Flags of Valor

Show your USA pride with a handcrafted flag by Flags of Valor. Veteran owned, operated and made, support these American artisans at Sugarloaf Crafts. Take home a meaningful piece you’ll love for years to come.

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David Maynard

Travel through Europe without leaving home! David Maynard’s La Shot Photography will transport you to magical places near and far. Meet David and take a trip this April at Sugarloaf.

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Follow @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up on the latest news! We are can’t wait to see you at two fabulous Sugarloaf Craft Festivals this month.

Sugarloaf Crafts THIS Weekend in Chantilly, VA!

Sugarloaf Crafts is BACK this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. March 23-25, join in the fun and shop from 300+ talented artisans. Find a new spring style or spruce up the house with the most unique and special handcrafted items. From jewelry, pottery, fine art, photography, furniture and decor to fashion and accessories, Sugarloaf is one-stop shopping for Mothers Day, Graduations, Wedding gifts and more! Don't miss our exclusive FREE painting classes and take home your own artwork. Tickets 20% off today!


Plan Your Visit to Sugarloaf Crafts!

Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA
March 23, 24 & 25

Friday & Saturday 10a - 6p / Sunday 10a - 5p
Tickets: $10 at the door / kids 12 and under free

20% OFF TODAY!


Sugarloaf's Gift Guide

Sugarloaf's Gift Guide has something special for everyone. Browse and start planning your shopping. Click through for featured exhibitors and exclusive deals!   

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Free Painting Class

Channel your inner Picasso and learn to paint this weekend with fine artist Kathy Small. Enjoy Sugarloaf's FREE Painting Classes and create a masterpiece and a memory to take home with you. Check the schedule and sign up at the show!

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Preview the Show

Who are you most excited to see this weekend? Browse the show and get ready to meet more than 300 talented new and returning artisans. Read on for some special highlights!  


Dee Miller

Give your home a pop of spring color with Dee Miller's vibrant wooden flowers and vases. Create a custom arrangement with your favorite blooms! A great Mother's Day gift that will last all year long. Stop and smell the roses this weekend at Sugarloaf!

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Spector Studios

Adam and Sarah Spector bring unique talents and perspective to their work, and the results are incredible! You'll love their functional and decorative ceramics and sculpture, and custom orders are available. A must-see at Sugarloaf this weekend!

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Rona Fisher Jewelry Design

Rona Fisher fine jewelry proves that all that glitters IS gold! And diamonds, fine gems, and other precious metals. Rona's designs are sparkly and timeless. Find your favorite pieces this weekend at Sugarloaf Crafts.

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We can't wait for a fabulous Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Dulles Expo Center. Keep up to date on all things Sugarloaf. Follow us, @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. See you this weekend!

Sugarloaf Crafts THIS Weekend in Oaks, PA!

Sugarloaf Crafts is SO excited to arrive THIS weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. March 16-18, enjoy shopping from and meeting 250+ talented artisans at this special event. All things high quality and handmade, Sugarloaf is your go-to for Mothers Day, Graduations, Wedding gifts and more. Sample specialty foods, learn to paint at a free painting class, and entertain the kids with dress up theater. Stop by the Info Booth for a shopping bag! Tickets 20% off today


Plan Your Visit to Sugarloaf Crafts!

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA
March 16, 17 & 18

Friday & Saturday 10a - 6p / Sunday 10a - 5p
Tickets: $10 at the door / kids 12 and under free
20% OFF TODAY!


Sugarloaf's Gift Guide

Start making your shopping plans with Sugarloaf's Gift Guide! From jewelry to fine art, clothing, specialty foods and more, peruse featured exhibitors and exclusive deals. Then meet them in person this weekend! Click through for more. 

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Free Painting Class

Step into the studio with fine artist Kathy Small this weekend with Sugarloaf's FREE Painting Classes! Create a masterpiece and a memory to take home with you. Check the schedule here, and get ready to channel your inner artist!

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What kind of products and artwork will you find at Sugarloaf Crafts? Hear from our exhibitors what you can expect! You'll have a chance to meet 250+ talented artisans this weekend. Take a sneak peek at some of our favorites, and preview the show here


 Pretty Baby Naturals

Time for Spring cleaning! Get fresh from head to toe with all natural personal care products by Pretty Baby Naturals. Stock up on your favorites. Watch to learn how soapmaker Terrianne Taylor got her start, and meet her this weekend!


Brian Delozier Fine Art

Brian Delozier's artwork is made up of hundreds of thousands of individual dots. Using fine-tip Sharpie markers, his intricate work will make you smile and leave you in awe. Stop by this weekend to say "hi" and watch him work on his next masterpiece.

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We can't wait for you to be a part of a great Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Oaks, PA. Follow @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more of the talented artisans you love. See you this weekend!  

2 Festivals this Month! Shop Artist Direct + FREE Painting Classes!

Finally, March is here! Sugarloaf Crafts Festival offers you 2 more chances this month to experience this special handmade shopping event. For the most unique products you can't find anywhere else, shop Sugarloaf at our Festival in Oaks, PA near Philadelphia and Chantilly, VA in the DC area this month. Spruce up your home and your style for spring, plus find special gifts for Mothers Day, Graduations and Weddings. Early bird tickets are 20% off today!

Sugarloaf Crafts' Spring Tour:

Click through to preview the shows, get directions and buy your tickets!  


Spring Special: FREE Painting Classes!

Step into the studio! Take a free painting class at Sugarloaf's Oaks and Chantilly Festivals. Learn from Sugarloaf artist Kathy Small in this fun free workshop. Create your own masterpiece to take home. Space is limited. Sign up at the shows!  

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Artist Previews - Get Inspired!

There are so many amazingly talented artisans to meet at every Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Peruse the participating artists in Oaks and Chantilly, and check out awesome artisans!  


 Janey Harrington - Silk Creations by Janey

Silk painter Janey Harrington can't wait to share her passion for her art with you! Combining two passions, textiles and painting, her vibrant work is both delicate and durable. Watch to learn more!  


Helen & Allen Weichman - Groundhog Blues Pottery

Husband and wife team Helen and Allen Weichman create work that is sure to make you smile! Stop by for a live demonstration and watch their whimsical sculptures and functional products come to life. Pro tip: Custom orders are available!  

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Paul & Irma Miller - IP Designs Fine Handcrafted Furniture

Check out Paul and Irma Miller's "Amish-fusion" high quality wood furniture. Designed to last, this furniture will be the centerpiece of family fun and gatherings for many years to come. Learn more about Paul & Irma Miller and their thriving family business!  

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Follow @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up on the latest news! We are excited to see you at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals this month. 

Sugarloaf Crafts in Edison, NJ THIS Weekend!

This weekend! Sugarloaf Crafts Festival arrives in Edison, NJ at our NEW venue, the NJ Convention and Expo Center. March 2 - 4, get your friends together and bring the kids! Shop a curated collection of 250+ talented artisans for the most special products you won't find in stores. Browse high quality handmade decor and furniture, fine art, jewelry, fashion, photography and more. Sample specialty foods and enjoy the free kids show. Something for everyone! Stop by the info booth for coat check and a FREE shopping bag!  

Plan Your Visit to Sugarloaf Crafts!
NJ Convention & Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ
March 2, 3 & 4

Friday & Saturday 10a - 6p / Sunday 10a - 5p
Tickets: $10 at the door / kids 12 and under free
20% OFF TODAY!

Sugarloaf's Gift Guide
Sugarloaf's Gift Guide is can't miss shopping! Find inspiration for Mothers Day, Graduation and Wedding gifts, plus something special for yourself and your home. Click through for featured exhibitors and exclusive deals.

Preview the Show
You'll have a chance to meet more than 250 talented artisans this weekend. Take a sneak peek at some of our favorites!

Elaine Thompson Fine Art
Elaine Thompson's whimsical paintings and prints are sure to brighten your day. Take a peek now at what inspires her work, and stop by to say hello this weekend.

Ice Box Jam - Specialty Foods
Stop by Ice Box Jams this weekend for a free sample of classic and seasonal flavors of their frozen jams. So much healthier - and tastier - than anything you'll find in stores! Learn more about how this NJ-based family business got their start.  

Ricky Boscarino - Luna Parc
Looking to smile? Then you must meet jeweler Ricky Boscarino this weekend at Sugarloaf Crafts. His whimsical designs are truly one of a kind. Watch to see him talk about some of his favorite designs!

Follow @SugarloafCrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more of the talented artisans you love. See you this weekend. We are so excited to kick off our Spring Tour with you in Edison, NJ!

 

Custom Design Your Dream Jewels, at Sugarloaf Crafts!

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Sharon Teaman doesn’t just accommodate custom requests. She practically savors them! With many years of jewelry making behind her, she’s noticed that many customers don’t realize how many options they have for refitting or repurposing diamonds and other stones. She loves forming personal connections with her customers, hearing their stories about family heirlooms and such and then explaining to them all the choices they have.

She had one retired couple who each had diamonds they’d inherited from their mothers and they wanted both diamonds incorporated into new custom designed pieces.

The woman wanted a diamond from her mother’s brooch made into an engagement band. Her partner brought his mother’s diamond to have it set in a ring custom made for him. Sharon was even able to recycle some of the gold from his mother’s ring into the new one. The man was very sentimental about his mother so she was especially happy that she could help him this way.

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Sharon’s daughter, Chloe, uses her degree in gemology to help her mother with marketing and rebranding for the digital era.

Chloe says it was only after getting her degree that she realized the extent of her mother’s skill at finding the best stone specimens. Sharon’s stones are not the typical inventory of gems that many jewelers have. “She seeks out the best specimens on the market.”

While a lot of jewelry is now made by computers, Sharon is proud to say hers is “made by hand and heart.” Chloe hears big name designers like Tiffany, David German and others comment that handmade jewelry is still better than CAD/CAM designs because computers can not create the same organic lines that the human hand can.

Chloe notices that customers are always surprised how comfortable and ergonomic Sharon’s rings are. She measures the person’s hand so well that even rings with large stones feel quite comfortable.

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Even if you’re just curious about having a custom made jewelry, stop by Sharon’s booth at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Mother and daughter love talking about jewelry and gems anytime, anywhere!

And you just might come away with a few options you didn’t know you had!

Crafts in the Family!

Not every young adult wants to pursue their parents’ profession, but for many handcraft artists it works just fine! Today we’re featuring two Sugarloaf families who’ve found ways to make it work.

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Paul and Irma Miller started their furniture business, IP Designs, 33 years ago when their children were 1, 3 and 5 years old. After just one arts and crafts show, Paul left a secure engineering job to make furniture full time. Although their family thought they were taking a big risk, they felt it was the right move and have never regretted it.

During their children’s primary school years, Paul and Irma took a 10 or 12 year break from doing arts & craft shows. This made it possible for their children to participate in school sports and other activities.

All their children are grown now and their youngest son, Ryan, works full time alongside his father. Paul says that Ryan will sometimes encourage him to take it a little easier and let Ryan handle the harder physical tasks. Paul jokes that Ryan is anticipating his father’s retirement and “He smells blood in the water!”

Paul started his furniture business making just chairs and over time he’s added tables and other items in response to customers’ needs. He credits Irma for keeping abreast of the latest trends in furniture design such as popular colors and patterns, so that their line is current with what’s selling. Their new island table design is quite popular and Paul said Irma designed it from the ground up.

Ryan’s wife, Lexie, uses her Marketing degree from Penn State to promote the business. She set up their website a few years ago.

Daughter, Brandy, worked in the business for 18 years and nowadays helps out with pet and home care while her parents travel to shows. Her 19 year-old son, Freddie, has been working in the shop for the last 2 years. He makes many of their tables.  

In their booth at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals, they have a family photo of the whole gang!


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Callie Miller got her start with craft shows younger than most handcraft artists. She started working in her mom’s jewelry business when she was 11 years old to earn money so she could be on the ski team.

For the next 3 years, her main task was to hammer thousands of tiny tick marks for edging on her mom’s jewelry pieces. Callie enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere in the studio and credits this early work experience for teaching her how to interact well with adults.

But this inside view of the rigors of running a craft business convinced her she’d rather do something else with her own life. However, by the time she was an adult, she started to enjoy the challenges and complexity of running an indie business.

Callie and Marcia worked well together and prior to Marcia’s retirement, they ran Q. Miller Handmade Jewelry as full partners for 12 years. Callie says sharing the same business goals helped them work through any conflicts. They realized they had to communicate well and clear the air quickly so tension did not build up in the studio.

Callie runs the business as a solo operation now while Marcia is enjoying the beach in Hawaii and riding horses in Montana. But Callie knows that she can always call on her mother to act as a sounding board about new jewelry designs or other issues.

And Callie is extremely grateful to her mother for teaching her all aspects of running a small arts and crafts business.

Stop by and say hello at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!

 

 

 

Sugarloaf Spring Tour Preview

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Spring may seem like a long way off right now but before you know it, it will be here! Our artists often use this time of year for deep creative work while also enjoying a break from traveling to shows.

Grab a cup of something warm (hot cocoa, maybe?) and have a peek at upcoming Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. A leisurely scroll through our New Artists section might spark some great gift ideas for spring weddings, bridal showers, graduations, Mother’s Day and other occasions.

In case you haven’t penciled in the important dates on your calendar yet, here is our Spring 2018 Tour:

EDISON, NJ / CENTRAL NJ - NEW!!
MARCH 2, 3, 4, 2018

OAKS, PA / PHILADELPHIA AREA
MARCH 16, 17, 18, 2018

CHANTILLY, VA / NOVA / DC AREA - NEW DATES!
MARCH 23, 24, 25, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD / DC AREA
APRIL 20, 21, 22, 2018

TIMONIUM, MD / BALTIMORE AREA
APRIL 27, 28, 29, 2018

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We kick off the spring season at a new Central New Jersey location, the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison. You might also notice that the Chantilly show is much later than previous years.

We’ll be sharing some interesting artist stories in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned to find out how John Keats’ “Ode On A Grecian Urn” inspired one Sugarloaf artist to choose his craft. Meet the self-taught artist who left a successful career in the Justice Department to become a full-time artist. Learn about a Chinese artist who practices a centuries-old tradition of extracting plant dye from indigo plants.

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All this and more, coming up soon!

As always, our spring shows will include many live artist demonstrations of paper making, glass blowing, metal spinning, wood carving and other arts. We’ll also have live music and an interactive children’s theatre by Middle Earth Studios.

We hope your year is off to a great start! We can’t wait to see you in the months ahead.Until then, stay warm!

Sugarloaf Crafts’ Fall ‘18 Tour - Applications Due Jan. 15th!

The time is now to apply to Sugarloaf’s Fall 2018 Tour! Join a creative community and be part of the best festivals in the business.

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What Sets Sugarloaf Craft Festivals Apart?

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Charlene Randolph of ClayFormed Artworks says Sugarloaf is her favorite show for a couple of reasons.

She says, “I don’t like the politics of high art. I like being with everyday people. I love seeing people go home with something they’re delighted with.”

From her perspective as a business owner, she feels that an established show like Sugarloaf is “nice to get you on a career track.”

When other artists say that juried shows like Sugarloaf are too expensive, she responds “At the high school shows you don’t make any money. You get what you pay for!”

Reach an Appreciative Audience!

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As a Sugarloaf artist, you’ll meet shoppers who genuinely appreciate the value of handmade work and want to support this tradition!

...I went this week for the first time and absolutely LOVED it. I ended up going two days in a row because there was so much to see. There is plenty of jewelry (both mid range and expensive) print and canvas art, unique clothing, pottery, carvings, organic cosmetics, teas and even delicious homemade foods and dog treats.

I absolutely LOVE supporting American artisans and I think its really important that we support our small businesses in this country, even if it means paying a little more. The quality is exceptional and the styles are unique -- far better than buying a bunch of typical crap from China in my books.  (Amira Z. on Yelp)

Want More Info?

Still have questions? Take a look at the Artist section on our site. Learn about the Sugarloaf Advantage.

January 15th is the deadline to apply for all of our Fall 2018 shows. So don’t wait! Apply online now!

Fall 2018 Tour - Applications Due Jan. 15th!

The time is now to apply to Sugarloaf’s Fall 2018 Tour! Join a creative community and be part of the best festivals in the business.

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What Sets Sugarloaf Craft Festivals Apart?

Charlene Randolph of ClayFormed Artworks says Sugarloaf is her favorite show for a couple of reasons.

She says, “I don’t like the politics of high art. I like being with everyday people. I love seeing people go home with something they’re delighted with.”

From her perspective as a business owner, she feels that an established show like Sugarloaf is “nice to get you on a career track.”

When other artists say that juried shows like Sugarloaf are too expensive, she responds “At the high school shows you don’t make any money. You get what you pay for!”

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Reach an Appreciative Audience!

As a Sugarloaf artist, you’ll meet shoppers who genuinely appreciate the value of handmade work and want to support this tradition!

...I went this week for the first time and absolutely LOVED it. I ended up going two days in a row because there was so much to see. There is plenty of jewelry (both mid range and expensive) print and canvas art, unique clothing, pottery, carvings, organic cosmetics, teas and even delicious homemade foods and dog treats.

I absolutely LOVE supporting American artisans and I think its really important that we support our small businesses in this country, even if it means paying a little more. The quality is exceptional and the styles are unique -- far better than buying a bunch of typical crap from China in my books. (Amira Z. on Yelp)

Want More Info?

Still have questions? Take a look at the Artist section on our site. Learn about the Sugarloaf Advantage.

January 15th is the deadline to apply for all of our Fall 2018 shows. So don’t wait! Apply online now!

Happy New Year! Sugarloaf Crafts’ 2018 Preview + How to Apply

Happy New Year!

We’re looking forward to another exciting year featuring the finest handmade work!

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Spring 2018 Schedule

Make note of the dates for our Spring 2018 shows - add them to your calendar to save the date!

We’ll kick off the spring season at the NJ Expo and Convention Center, our new venue in Edison, NJ. Also, our spring Chantilly show is now March 23-25!

EDISON, NJ / CENTRAL NJ - NEW!!
MARCH 2, 3, 4, 2018

OAKS, PA / PHILADELPHIA AREA
MARCH 16, 17, 18, 2018

CHANTILLY, VA / NOVA / DC AREA - NEW DATES!
MARCH 23, 24, 25, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD / DC AREA
APRIL 20, 21, 22, 2018

TIMONIUM, MD / BALTIMORE AREA
APRIL 27, 28, 29, 2018

The Edison, Oaks, Chantilly and Timonium shows are all indoors - so no matter what the weather, you’ll have a great time taking in the artwork of hundreds of carefully selected artists and specialty food sellers.

See live demonstrations of artists at work, sample delectable treats and enjoy live music and children’s theatre. These 3-day festivals are a treat for the entire family!

Join Sugarloaf!

If you’ve been thinking about joining Sugarloaf as an exhibitor, 2018 could be your year! The deadline for applications for our Fall 2018 shows is coming up in just a few weeks.

We have 13 categories of work, including a miscellaneous category for artwork which doesn’t fit the traditional categories. Read more about our categories here.

The sooner you submit your application, the better your chances of acceptance since we limit the number of artists in each category.

Apply online using our convenient web form or through Zapplication.

We’ll be sharing some sneak previews and featuring individual artist in future posts, so stay tuned!

Cheers!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Finally the wrapping, traveling and holiday planning are behind us! Hopefully you’re already gathering together with family and friends, as we are too.

And maybe you or someone in your brood will find some handmade art under the Christmas tree! Whether you’re the giver, the recipient (or both) of handcrafted artwork, we know you treasure our community of independent artists who make their living by making art. And we thank you for that!

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As we close out the year, we’d like to share a few more comments from recent Sugarloaf shoppers:

The festivals are so much fun to attend, and the artists are one of a kind. Everything there is unique and inspiring! I love how they support small artists and go out of their way to provide guests with a fun filled atmosphere. (Jax S.)

Sugarloaf is a great time. We go out of our way every year to make it to their events. The pieces and artwork we've collected over the years are really high quality and stand the test of time. My wife now insists on doing most of our holiday shopping here. (Travis J.)

It’s always nice when Sugarloaf shoppers appreciate the level of artistry our crafters put into their work:

I loved how skilled each artisan was. I'm a grad student pursuing my MFA and have great respect for craftsman. This was an amazing collection of excellent work. (Elizabeth A.)

As the year draws to a close and we all take some time to look backwards in review and forwards in anticipation of all the good things to come, please remember that we here at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival are all extremely grateful for everyone in the Sugarloaf family!

Happy Holidays!

Apply to Sugarloaf Fall 2018 Tour!

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With a busy fall/holiday show season wrapping up, many of you are looking forward to some well-deserved downtime during the winter months.

However, we know that many of you are artists too and received a lot of creative inspiration from seeing the work of other artists. If you’re a member of the maker community, or want to be, this is the perfect time to submit your application for Sugarloaf’s Fall 2018 tour!

With a consistently high caliber and variety of handmade work across many mediums, Sugarloaf Craft Festivals rank as one of the choicest arts and crafts festivals in the United States. Our shows average approximately 10,000 visitors at each event - talk about a great opportunity to meet new customers face to face!

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Sugarloaf artists quickly grow a devoted following as area residents look forward to our spring and fall tours. Shoppers appreciate the quality craftsmanship that goes into handmade work as well as the originality of your work. Some customers drive hours to buy from their favorite artists!

A hallmark of the Sugarloaf experience is the friendly, supportive community spirit and family-like atmosphere. You’ll enjoy continuous support both from Sugarloaf Crafts Festival staff and other artists appearing alongside you. At each show, you’ll meet new kindred spirits and re-connect with others, forming long lasting bonds.

In addition to a strong artist community, Sugarloaf offers additional marketing resources and exhibitor perks. Returning exhibitors frequently praise our organization and helpfulness. With over 40 years of art and craft festival organization behind us, we have learned what works!

Learn more about the distinct advantage of being a Sugarloaf artist!

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Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity! Use our easy online application here! If you prefer, you can apply by mail.

Do you still have questions about exhibiting at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals? Check out our FAQ page or call us at 301-990-1400.

Fall 17 Tour Highlights!

Now that our Fall season is wrapping up, it’s time to take a few deep breaths as we look back on all that happened over the last few months.

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We’re overjoyed that so many art lovers around the mid-Atlantic came out to meet our artists and choose their artwork as gifts for friends and family. We’ve also enjoyed welcoming many new artists to the Sugarloaf family.

More than anything though, we’re inspired by the comments you share with us after you’ve been to a show. We’d like to share some of our favorites from recent months.

Sugarloaf has been around for years. It is a delight each and every year. It is full of wonderful independent artists who are experts in their fields. I've seen the same artists return semi-annually as the festival moves from place to place and returns in the Spring and the Fall. I've also seen new artists with exciting and diverse goods each time. Can't say enough about the joy of seeing the creativity. There are potters, woodworkers, printers, painters, fabric artists and leather craftsmen. I love Christmas shopping at the Show. Can't recommend it enough!” Helena A.D.

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Sometimes it’s hard to remember to put down those digital devices. But a day or two at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival fills you up with so many satisfying in-person experiences, it’s a balm for your spirit. For others, it’s a fun way to reconnect with friends and family.

Here’s what one happy shopper said after our Timonium show:

This was our first year attending the event and we had a blast! They had furniture and items to enhance my home and they even had booths that interested all 3 of my daughters, ages 10-15. We love supporting small businesses so we're glad this was able to put us in contact with more.” Lisa M.

Our artists are never satisfied with cookie cutter creations so they’re constantly experimenting with new patterns, colors and techniques. The one-of-a-kind flavor of handcrafted art is something Sugarloaf shoppers really appreciate.

Look forward to it every year. Amazing talent and I'm able to come home with Christmas gifts that you can't buy in a store. It's a yearly event that my sister and I are able to share and spend the day together.”
Cathy R.

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Sugarloaf is an inspiration to artists and art lovers alike! I come back every year looking forward to seeing familiar artists as well as to discovering new ones. There's no other craft fair that offers pieces that are truly one of a kind.” Jennie B

With all the incredible handmade artwork, the on site demonstrations, live music and great food, Sugarloaf Craft Festivals are fun for every age. If you’re looking for a weekend activity the whole family will enjoy, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Sugarloaf.

Or as Renee M. put it:
I really enjoyed myself!!!! I can't wait until they come back.

We also can’t wait til they come back!

On that note, you might want to mark your calendar with the dates of our Spring 2018 shows:

EDISON, NJ • MARCH 2, 3, 4, 2018
OAKS, PA • MARCH 16, 17, 18, 2018
CHANTILLY, VA • MARCH 23, 24, 25, 2018
GAITHERSBURG, MD • APRIL 20, 21, 22, 2018
TIMONIUM, MD • APRIL 27, 28, 29, 2018

We hope you enjoy the holiday season!

Chantilly Highlights

Holiday shopping season is in full swing but don’t stress. Our Chantilly Sugarloaf Crafts Festival has gifts galore for everyone on your list!

Shopping at Sugarloaf is far more enjoyable than trudging through the malls. In one location, you can buy exceptional handmade gifts directly from the crafters who made them!

You can also enjoy a close up glimpse of art in the making at our many artist demonstrations, relax to the soothing tones of Janet Spahr’s handpan music and enjoy dozens of gourmet food samples from our specialty food artisans.

Here is a sampling of the hundreds of artists you’ll find at our Chantilly festival!

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An oversized stuffed animal or blanket from Lucy’s Toys is likely to be a lifelong keepsake. Lucy Moore and family make some of the softest faux fur blankets and animals available anywhere! With over 50 years of creating stuff animals, they’ve got just about any animal you might want. All animals and blankets are machine washable.

Can one photo sum up an entire life or relationship? Maybe not, but one of David Addario’s mosaic prints absolutely can! David, aka The Mosaic Guy, combines dozens and dozens of photos into one main image in his custom mosaic prints. These prints make great gifts for sports fans, anniversaries, weddings, graduations or any occasion when you want to honor a loved one.

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Carrie Fertig makes enamel, copper and glass ornaments along historic themes. Perhaps most remarkable are her flameworked glass icicles made with extremely durable Borosilicate glass. Carrie learned the art of glass flamework from traditional master craftsmen in Lauscha, Germany.

Some people ask, “How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?” But for Daniel Riccio of Artifacts, a more interesting question is “How many sea creatures can I fit on top of a thimble?” His mini-dioramas of marine life are pretty incredible!

Daniel creates astonishingly detailed miniature sculptures of religious symbols, trains, bells and other items. Come see them close up at Sugarloaf!

Do you picture yourself getting organized in 2018? A beautiful magnetic key rack or desk caddy by Natural Renaissance will make it easy and enjoyable to keep things where they belong.

Spread the joy with Cheryl’s Nut Butters! These wholesome butters, available in Pistachio, Almond, Cashew, Sunflower and Peanut Butter, are enriched with fruit, chocolate and spices. Great for your holiday gatherings or as gifts for your foodie friends. Stop by and sample Peanut Butter with Butterscotch or Cinnamon and Raisins. Previous taster agree her concoctions are divine!

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With all the hurrying and busyness of daily life, it’s no wonder we end up feeling frazzled from time to time. Julie Leininger of Saratoga Jewels creates handcrafted jewelry interlaced with reminders of the natural world. Her designs are filled with stars, dew drops, hearts and flowers. Balance days filled with meetings and stressful commutes with accessories that inspire feelings of awe!

If the excitement of the holidays is a lot for humans to cope with, isn’t it equally so for our 4-legged friends? So many new people, tantalizing treats they can smell but not eat and so many shiny packages they cannot open! Help them take the edge off with some of Ryan Oberdick’s 100% natural elk antler chews and donut treats. Ryan’s company, Whisker Biscuits, sells farm fresh, bacteria and preservative-free antler chews that will keep your pup happily occupied (and away from your guest’s shoes!) for hours. They have cat treats too, made with quality, human-grade ingredients.

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Now that winter is upon us, keep your loved ones warm and cozy outdoor in winter gear by Annadele Alpacas. Their hats, socks, scarfs and shawls are made with silky soft alpaca fibers from their own alpaca farm. Their cashmere soft alpaca yarn is much warmer than wool but less itchy on the skin. In addition, this natural fiber is stain, soil and pill resistant!

Linda Harris of Pen Craft pairs timeless bits of wisdom, advice and humour with elegant hand lettering and charming illustrations. Choose from her collected Words of Wisdom on many topics or submit your own!

These artists and many more are looking forward to meeting you in Chantilly at our last show of 2017!

Sugarloaf Crafts’ Chantilly Holiday Preview

Your last chance for holiday shopping at Sugarloaf Crafts! Our final Sugarloaf show of the season is overflowing with loads of great gifts for every age and stage of life. In the home decor department, our glass blowers, wood turners and fine artists have beautiful items to dress up your home and your dinner table.

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James Mofhitz of Humorous Clocks has figured out that time really is relative - to your priorities. Check out some of his hilarious interpretations of time for every occupation or hobby.

A favorite saying goes, “It’s always be 5 o’clock somewhere!” but to your dog, it’s always play time or scratch and sniff time. To the fishermen, gardeners and teachers in your life, it’s time for something else entirely.

Dress up your dinnerware with Mark Speiser’s beautiful wooden bowls made out of cherry, walnut, oak, ash and maple. His company, Bowled-Over Woodturning crafts stunning wooden bowls that are equal parts artistic gems and fully functional diningware.

No need to buy new slippers every winter once you have a pair of sheepskin slippers by Homestead Leather. Brian Rosenbarker creates leather and sheepskin bags, wallets, travel accessories and other items meant to last decades.

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The notion that you can find beauty in everything is more than a cliche to Tiffany Kimmet. She photographs ordinary objects like staircases, church doors and animal faces and pairs each with a quote from scripture for her plaques, notecards, pillows, magnets and other items.

Despite the seriousness of world events, we all need something to laugh about to lighten our spirits. Stroll by Bruce Garrabrandt’s booth for some hilarious punny illustrations. He creates prints and gift books filled with light hearted drawings as an antidote to the harshness of front page news.

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Profound words really do deserve to be set in stone - or at least etched in glass, as Carol Bloomgarden does with her incredible glass etchings of famous poems and inspired quotations. Her itty, bitty, tiny writing, also known as Micrography, is carefully inscribed in the outlines of animals and nature scenes. Her works are awe-inspiring conversation pieces and wonderful keepsakes to treasure for years to come.

Handblown glass ornaments from Canton Glassworks can be hung indoors or outside. John Boyett makes whimsical holiday and nature-themed glass ornaments that you’ll enjoy all year round.

Many families have a great family recipe for baked beans, a sauce or a stew that everyone oohs and ahhs over every time it’s served. And someone at the table always says, “You should package this and sell it!”

Well Jared Slater had this thought about his Great Aunt Caroline’s BBQ sauce so many times that he finally went from thinking about a business to running one. Aunt Caroline’s BBQ sauces come in 10 great flavors - all are great on chicken, pork and steak. The Honey Mustard and Glaze, Rib & Dippin sauces are especially good for dipping. Jared has many serving suggestions, but basically they’re great on anything that could stand a few spoonfuls of molasses, brown sugar and spices.

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Lynn and Alan Fliegel of Babytoes Clothing started out making handpainted clothing for infants and toddlers. Each of their children’s outfits comes with a pair of matching socks attached. Their complete line includes comfortable, stylish clothes for infants, toddlers and women. All items are pre-shrunk and machine washable.

If you or someone you know is that guy or gal who is happiest manning (or wo-manning) the grill, Apothecary Spices has some wild spice blends. Eddie Gonzalez has been making his specialty spice blends for friends and family for years. After endless experimenting, he figured everyone can be a successful grillmaster with the right spice blend at hand. His recipes are suitable for meat eaters, vegetarians and even some dessert dishes.

His seasoning blends appeal to people who like intense flavors and are appropriately named: Eye of Newt, Wing of Bat and Dragon’s Breath.