Hagley Craft Fair Features Functional Art
When the Hagley Craft Fair returns this October 20 and 21 for its thirty-fourth year, you can expect to find many beautiful, one-of-a- kind items to wear, use, and display in your home. Functionality seems to be a recurring theme this year with many of the artisans who will be displaying their hand-crafted creations. They don’t want to sell you something that will just sit on a shelf looking pretty: they want to sell you something beautiful that you will also use!
This artisans' marketplace brings talented artisans from the Mid-Atlantic area to display and sell fine arts and crafts. This premier show will feature works in wood, pottery, jewelry, fibers, metal, and other media.
Scott Gold’s hand-carved bowls are unique items that would grace any table or display shelf, and they are also completely food safe and will give you many years of service. He hopes that they may even become a family heirloom. Pat Henriques, a metalsmith who creates silver jewelry, says “My designs are fun and functional – made to be worn and not to sit in a drawer.” Meg Kennedy, book artist, creates journals, sketchbooks, albums, and more using fine papers from around the world. She says “they are made for long usage and aesthetic pleasure.”
Craft Fair Artisans 2012
Allen D. Androkites
Shaker boxes were produced by the Shakers from 1798 to 1950. My goal is to produce original designs using the same traditional techniques that the Shakers used and then adding a personal twist. The process involves taking unique and different woods and steam bending them together into a bent wood box. The box is held together with small copper tacks and wooden pegs. After much work, a rubbed on oil finish is applied to produce a well crafted object that is functional and beautiful.
Cynthia Baker, Handweaver
My mission is to create one-of-a-kind, affordable hand-crafted items for you and your home. Being hand-crafted does not mean excessively expensive to own and enjoy. I love creating beautiful fashionable scarves and warm shawls. These can be accompanied by felted hats, purses, and decorative pins in a wide array of colors. On the practical side, I weave kitchen towels and table runners fit for your heirloom furniture. Choosing the yarns in all of their lovely colors and putting together a new project are just the beginning of the thrilling process. Watching it unfold as I weave or knit is simply the best reward I know, second only to sharing these wonderful pieces with family, friends and customers.
Texture, color and the patina of old buildings stimulate the senses and lead me to create environmental tapestries and dreamlike scenes to envelope the viewer in the image. During the course of my artistic career, I have long been fascinated in the passage of time, space and environment and its impact upon the viewer; and in the possibilities of getting the viewer to think and feel about more than what immediately hits the eye; I want to envelope the viewer in the image, wrap them into its environment and have them leave with a different view on their world.
Jacalyn Beam/Jacalyn Art
Most paintings are plein air alla prima. Plein air is a French term meaning ‘in the open air’ and describes paintings executed outdoors. Alla prima (Italian) means the painting is completed in one session or while the paint is still wet. “I paint outdoors because the world is rich with beauty and it’s the optimal way to see three dimensional objects, the subtleties of light and shadows, atmospheric perspective, and ‘real’ colors. Plein air painting is also a lot of fun! You meet new friends – animal and human, have fleeting conversations with bicyclists and joggers, and experience the sounds and smells of the outdoors.”
Debra Bet/Bello Tesoro, LLC
18K/14K gold diamond, gemstone and pearl fine jewelry. The jewelry is vintage and nature inspired and all designs are original. Custom design requests are welcomed.
Joan Betzold/Partnership Crafts
Joan Betzold has been weaving baskets for over 20 years. The past 8 years it has been full-time. Joan has won many awards including Basket of the Year at the Maryland State Fair. Joan’s baskets are made using only traditional techniques- no nails, glue or staples. Joan loves to do custom work for individuals and businesses.
Anna Biggs Designs
Anna Biggs is a Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as, The Fashion Institute of Technology. It is from her dreams and her travels that she derives her inspiration for both her paintings and her sculptural jewelry. Anna combines her love of architecture, natural world, as well as her intense dreams to come up with her paintings and sculptures. Her mediums are sculpted jewelry in silver and gold, egg tempera, and plein air painting in oil. Her paintings and jewelry are available year round at The Station Gallery in Greenville as well as on her website.
Zachary Bloom/Accents in Bloom
One of a kind, handcrafted gemstone jewelry using top quality materials from around the world.
Elisabeth Jönsson Brown
When designing my hand woven fabrics, I am influenced by my Swedish heritage. Selecting the finest of yarns, I create distinctive texture and color combinations. My fashions are meticulously tailored and styled along classical lines, making them sensible choices for almost any occasion.
Inger Bullock/Inger’s Basketry
Basket weaving in different fiber, wood Rattan, Oak and Ash.
Karen Caldwell/Sunflower Glass Studio
Karen Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio in Stockton, New Jersey is part of a duo working in glass. Karen and her husband Geoff started Sunflower Glass over 34 years ago. The couple has developed these past decades with a strong influence in traditional stained glass, doing commissions for residential and sacred spaces.
In addition to their custom work, Karen’s newest work is in fused glass. She makes tableware using silver leaf that reacts with the base glass creating wonderful color combinations. Karen uses several color tints that fuse with the silver leaf that creates beautiful, rich elements in the glass. For several years, Karen has been specializing in botanical inclusions using powder glass, adorning both platters and window hangings. Recently, Karen and Geoff have been working together using botanical fused glass inclusions and hand painted insects and birds to create unique glass windows. In 2012 they were finalists in the Niche Awards at the Buyers Market of American Crafts.
Daidra Carsman/Daidra Designs
Hand knitted silk jewelry and exotic leather accessories.
I create one-of-a-kind contemporary “art to wear” sterling silver jewelry. I design and make my jewelry in my sunlit studio in the artisans village of Ardentown, Delaware.
Sally Finch/Sara’s Country Chocolates
Our chocolates are made with the freshest ingredients and we use no artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives. Fondants, caramels and toffees are made in small batches and stirred by hand. We sell our products in quarter, half and one pound sizes and gift wrap for special occasions.
Carole Fox/Silver Fox Pottery
What I love about clay are the many possibilities that present themselves as the imagination and material itself are stretched. In my work, I often find myself trying to express feelings of reaching, containing and opening up, as I form pieces with large round curves, slender necks and flaring rims. These forms ask to be filled, as the beholder is drawn to look into them or imagine what they could put inside. In fact, the pieces are defined by what could be put inside them. I often cover these forms with layered glazes and brush strokes of color to add depth and interest to the form.
Olga Ganoudis Jewelry
The integration of form, textures and the use of color play an integral part in the design of my jewelry. Combining these elements, I try to evoke the feeling of the past with the use of various symbolic shapes and the surface patina whether it takes the form of a bracelet, earring or necklace. From the very beginning there has been an alluring aspect about texture that has influenced my work. Considering the important role that the surface can play in jewelry it is natural for me to focus on this area of design. The juxtaposition of a hard grainy texture next to the smooth surface of a pearl helps me develop the visual stimulus that I am looking for. Fundamental forms are born from organic or biomorphic shapes. From here, the integration of line and stones or glass evolves into my unique jewelry design. Patina is the final stage of definition in the evolution of my work. It acts as the catalyst and enhances the textures, shapes and stones. It solidifies the look I am attempting to achieve. My Greek heritage along with other exotic countries influences my esthetic expression. This historical and mystical connection plays a major role in my creative journey.
Susan Gladstone/The Happy Rock Pottery
My work consists mainly of hand built and wheel thrown pottery which is then altered. Most of my ware is then decorated and Raku fired.
Scott S. Gold, II/Golden Touch Gifts
All of the bowls and utensils that I make are hewn (carved) using an adz or gouges and mallet. The grain pattern in the wood gives each piece its own character and uniqueness, making it a one of a kind item that would grace any table or display shelf. All pieces are finished with mineral oil and bee’s wax, making them entirely food safe. They can be used for hot or cold foods. With proper care these bowls and utensils will give you years of service and possibly a family heirloom. The prices of my items range from $15.00 for utensils to several hundred dollars for custom made items. The average show items are mostly in the $85.00 to $200.00 range, some very large items go to $500.00.
Karyn Warner Hammock/Metal Aesthetics
I am inspired by nature and pattern and I work to bring both texture and balance to my work while respecting the boundaries of the materials I’ve chosen. I strive to evoke the textures and shapes from nature that are as simple as they are beautiful. I use fine silver, 22k gold, semi-precious gems and both traditional as well as more current metal-smithing techniques including hydraulic press forming, fold forming, fuse forming and precious metal clay.
Harmony Weavers Guild
Harmony Weavers Guild fosters the crafts of hand weaving, spinning, knitting, dyeing and felting. Its aim is to inspire greater enjoyment and proficiency in textile crafts thru education and exchange of ideas.
Karla Howard Heartsfield
I am a fiber artist who specializes in handcrafted clothing and accessories made with a loving eye towards the environment. I work with all types of fabrics, mostly natural such as cashmere, wool, leather, suede, etc. My coats and jackets are easy and comfortable to wear. I utilize all my skills to make these such as sewing, hand weaving, hand painting, knitting, crocheting, etc. Matching handbags, hats, and scarves round out my collection and finish off the look. The bottom line is I have followed my passion and hope that, through my work, I bring pleasure to others.
Patricia Henriques/BCM Bijous, LLC
Pat’s passion is precious metal clay and metal-smithing, working mainly with silver. She received two certifications in PMC, and strives to keep abreast of new developments. She loves textures and creating wearable art that will not sit in a drawer, believing that jewelry should be fun as well as functional. Crystals and stones are used in some of her work to bring warmth to the cooler metal tones. Some pieces are oxidized to show depth of the textures. Pat is an instructor in 4 venues and is a member of the Pa. Guild of Craftsmen, the PMC Guild, and the Pa. Society of Goldsmiths.
Ed & Colleen Herman/Cutting Board Man & Bear Loft Bears
Corian® products for the home including cutting boards, cheeseboards, serving trays and lazy susans. Original design jointed stuffed teddy bears.
The glass beads I’ve been creating, one at a time in a glass blowing torch, are labors of love. I begin with a color palette and use either repetitive patterns or vary the shapes to give an elegant yet whimsical feeling to each piece.
For over 30 years I have been designing clothing and accessories using weaving, knitting, and felting techniques. I use natural fibers and incorporate a variety of surface design techniques. My work is constantly evolving as I continue to experiment and explore various techniques. I love working with color and I use nature as my inspiration.
Gordon & Lynne Hubbard/Custom Design Silver
My classically designed jewelry is handcrafted using Sterling Silver and natural stones. I also incorporate pottery shards, shells, fossils and glass.
James R. Huntsberger
James R. Huntsberger has been painting professionally since 1988. He paints a broad range of subject matter in oils, including portraits, seascapes, beach scenes, landscapes, still life, historical structures, and occasionally, abstracts. Huntsberger has had several one-man shows and has been the featured artist in four major local shows. He exhibits regularly in juried charity art shows throughout the region, winning many prizes for his oils. His paintings have been accepted in national and international juried shows. Four of his paintings hang in the Washington, DC offices of Delaware Senator Thomas Carper. He was the 2007 Wilmington Flower Market poster artist. His oils are in private and corporate collections internationally. Fifty-four of his Brandywine Valley scenes with essays about the subjects, researched and written by his wife Janet, were published in their book Our Brandywine: An Artist’s View of His Brandywine Valley Home, which was published by Cedar Tree Press in 2004. J.R. is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Lancaster County (PA) Art Association. He was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club from 1991 through 2009.
Angela Jones/Belles Acres
Belles Acres Homemade All Natural Goatmilk Soaps and Lotions. Nourishing skin care made with fresh goatmilk and skin loving oils. A special treat to the skin and senses.
Good fabrics and good craftsmanship are brought together to create patchwork quilts, pillows, and handbags that will be used and loved for years. Each piece is like no other, all being made with quality and precision.
Meg Kennedy/Book Arts
Despite the digital revolution, the demise of the local bookstore, and the practice of texting instead of writing, I maintain a firm belief that nothing can replace the sensory pleasures of the book: depository of knowledge, culture, and personal reflection and object of beauty. My handmade books- journals, sketchbooks, albums, and miniature books- are made to be used. I combine careful attention to the craft of binding with a love of paper and fiber art, often using historical book structures with modern materials to create unique volumes.
My work is food, dishwasher, microwave safe functional tableware. I fire in 3 different kiln environments: cone 5 oxidation, cone 10 oxidation, cone 10 reduction. I use 6 different clay bodies. I use a basic wax resist technique to decorate my work. I make most of my glazes. I have relatively simple forms. Surface and color are my main concerns.
Janet Kofoed creates unique pieces in silver, gold, and semi-precious stones. The daughter of a military officer, her work reflects the influence of the many countries where she has lived as well as her love of nature and science. She often uses natural objects and textures in her work. She studied jewelry making at the Smithsonian Institution and has been making fine hand crafted jewelry for more than 20 years.
Mike Leeper/KES Carvings
I started to turn wood into art two years ago by finding the best and most beautiful woods from around the world. I incorporate the rustic wood theme with modern and industrial metal. The pieces of hand turned art such as pens, pencils shaving razors/brushes, etc. are a great addition to any home or office. All of your friends will want to know where you got yours!
Ramona T. Maziarz
My technique is a simple one, a metal nib dipped into a bottle of ink and touched to paper. However, I have tried to push the media and myself past simple to create images that will draw you in to examine closer and to engage you if possible. My artwork requires hundreds of hours of inking, a dot or a line at a time, to arrive at an image that is detailed, colorful, and often humorous.
The wonderful way that different plants and creatures grow together is what drew me to the study of nature. Nature determinedly leaves no place empty or untouched; weeds, flowers, insects and creatures living their lives entwined. It’s that tangle of life I like to observe and ink. In the seeming chaos of these layers, there is an order, a rule for life; to continue onward, upward, and outward. My artwork has exhibited in fine art festivals along the East Coast and in museums and galleries. WHYY public TV filmed me at work in my studio and in the woods for a program called Experience Delaware and I have been invited to be the resident artist for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan and the Platte Clove Preserve in New York.
Sam Moyer/The Jersey Jerry Broomsquire (Saturday only)
Tom & Patric Mumper
After 24 years of woodturning (and 12 years at Hagley Craft Fair), I am still excited when a new shape “happens” on the lathe or when the wood has great color or figure. My friends tell me my enthusiasm is contagious!
Daphne Nadler/Handbags by Daphne
100% handmade handbags made from luxury and rich fabrics, mostly Italian tapestries. My bags are one-of-a-kind or in limited edition, very light weight and extremely durable. They are dazzling accessories for day to evening functions that look beautiful complimenting a business suit or a dressy outfit, or as a casual companion to a pair of jeans.
Using hardshell gourds, I create functional birdhouses, bowls and seasonal items. The gourds are enhanced with leather dyes, inks and embellished with beads, stones, and other natural materials.
Gregory V. Pencheff Woodturning
Since I first pushed a broom in my dad’s Patternmaker’s shop at age 12 I’ve been involved in woodworking. Apprenticing with him through my teens in a no-room-for-error environment taught me to be precise and meticulous, fundamental tenets that reflect in and lend an elegance to my woodturning today. My work encompasses a wide variety of decorative and functional items including artistic hollow forms, natural edged bowls, ornaments, keepsake boxes, bangles and rings, kitchen scoops and spoons, peppermills, salt cellars, bottle stoppers, cheese platters and fancy walking sticks and canes and more. The materials I use are domestic and imported exotic hardwoods, frequently combined in alternating contrasting layers for visual impact.
Kate Robbins/Andrea Barrier/Agate Moon
Andrea Barrier and Kate Robbins have teamed up to mold their vision into one cohesive style. They have combined Andrea’s wire work with Kate’s metalsmithing and added their own fused glass and etched metal to create a unique artistic blend. Both Andrea and Kate are teachers as well as artists and take great pleasure in their own creations as well as sharing the process with others.
Faith Rosenblatt/Gimme Faith Design
My designs are unique, custom made and limited edition. Pieces are handmade using sterling silver, fresh water pearls, semi-precious gems and Swarovski crystal.
John L. Shultz
I became interested in the mathematics of sundials about 30 years ago. In my machine shop I began constructing mathematically correct sundials as a hobby. Each of my sundials is either adjustable for or custom made for the user’s latitude and longitude. I have made sundials for locations all over the world. In addition to being a lovely asset to a yard or garden, my sundials are also quite functional. All of my sundials are made of copper or brass and include mounting hardware and directions.
I am a potter from Carlisle, PA specializing in pottery for Ikebana (Japanese style flower arranging) and flower arranging and implementation in general. All of my work is produced on a potter’s wheel and then altered, shaped and ornamented. It’s then electric kiln fired in the stoneware temperature range which allows me to produce a minimal selection of food ware items also. Perhaps one notable difference in this process is my glaze selection. As a beginner I didn’t have the facility for salt-glazed or wood-fired ceramics but was drawn to the look of those types of glazes. I was disappointed with most electric fired glazes I’d seen so I actively sought out creating some glazes that would provide earthier and subtler tones more akin to what was complimentary to flower arranging. An additional note is that I do a lot of arranging in my display to provide shoppers with a fairly thorough idea of ways to use my product and give them a general understanding also; part of that understanding is that you don’t have to be a master arranger to create something simple yet beautiful in an arrangement. I produce a very varied selection of sizes from miniature containers for $7 up to larger centerpiece and tabletop pieces in the $75-$100 range.
Barbara W. Stanger/Aurna Enterprises
I have an extensive art background and have worked as a professional artist and teacher for a number of years. The collection of my work is comprised of sculptural pieces including garden ornaments, decorative weather vanes, three dimensional wall pieces, mobiles and ornaments using etched brass finished in a patina. Some of my new work combines metal with fabric.
Jim Stevens/ Brandywine Windsors
18th Century traditional Windsor chairs.
Donna Svinis Creative Studios
Basically - I like to make things. I’ve never chosen to work with only one medium or labeled myself as a specific type of artist because for me art is all about learning. I love working with all of the materials and exploring the possible techniques for each. For me, art is mostly about the process; it’s being able to invent, create and find new ways to think about and look at materials. The process involves the steps and decisions in the way work is accomplished. It involves working through all of the challenges that are presented in the creation of something. Each material (glass, metals, wood, fiber, stone, etc.) has unique attributes, and I enjoy understanding how those innate properties restrict or enable that substance to be manipulated. Each material also has its own specific tools. I love tools. Perhaps making art is really just an excuse for me to own cool tools.
Marcie Tauber/Inspirations in Glass
I began working in glass when I designed a stained glass cabinet door for my remodeled kitchen. I became fascinated with the combination of colors and the interplay of light and glass. My work with fused glass began eight years ago- and has turned into a passion. My goal is to continue to learn and explore new and creative ways of working with glass.
Barbara Tinsman/Bits and Pieces Studio
Fabric, threads and yarn are my favorite creative media. They have been part of my life since childhood. Art quilts are constructed from commercially printed fabric in a multilayer collage, with yarn and embellishments. Each piece is quilted with detailed thread painting. One of a kind jackets and accessories reflecting my love of color are quilted and embellished cotton, silk and rayon, and are designed for today’s active life style.
Patricia Brown Tolton
Carrying on a century long family tradition in ceramics, Patricia Tolton became a tile and mosaic artist. Her interest started with collecting the pottery where her ancestors worked in the Ohio pottery regions and Stoke-on-the-Trent England. Collecting led to ceramics classes. In the early 1990’s Patricia started studying at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. Ten years later, she opened her own studio and started making tile. Patricia combines her family history in the Arts and Crafts movement and twenty years as a landscape designer to create her modern version of Arts and Crafts tile.
Paulette Visceglia/Visceglia Designs
Paulette creates “one of a kind,” hand-painted scarves, garments and evening bags, using hand painting techniques on pure silk. She has participated in numerous juried art shows, galleries, and open studio events throughout the United States. Her work is inspired by many great artists, including Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Kandinsky, O’Keefe and Chagall. She is not afraid to use bold colors such as rich reds and greens, beautiful blues and vivacious purples. Yet she also incorporates softer shades, such as browns, deep greens and grays, into her flowing designs.
One-of-a-kind copper works, sculptures, ornaments, using recycled industrial metals.