When 250 artisans gather April 25 – 27 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, all of their work on display will be for sale, but some of their creations will just be getting started…
Among the artisans will be those hard at work creating new pieces. The live demonstrations at the festival are designed to give visitors insight into the creative processes of master craftspeople.
“Visitors see the beautiful end result of what artists create in their studios,” said Deann Verdier, President of Sugarloaf Craft Festivals.
“At the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, we bring that process to visitors through live demonstrations so they can fully appreciate the artists’ talents and see the creations evolve from ideas to completion.
More than 250 American craftspeople, selected by jury, will offer work in ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, furniture and home décor, leather, fine art and photography. Artisan food exhibitors will bring candies and chocolates, soups, artisan breads, jams and dips, syrups and olive oils for visitors to sample and purchase.
Among the craftspeople demonstrating their talent live at the Festival in Timonium, Md., are:
- Alan Uchin & Dale Norley: With a combined 65 years of jewelry design experience, the husband and wife team will fashion elegant jewelry from varied textured metals of their own creation combined with rare fossils.
- Marty Silverman: A master of the traditional craft of stone carving, Marty demonstrates using a hammer and chisel to carve contemporary designs from raw stone slabs. At the festival, he will work on pieces in various stages of completion including sculptures and fountains.
- John Akkus: Metal shavings fly as John uses a metal spinning lathe to shape and stretch the metal into functional forms. He then etches intricate designs into the copper and brass jewelry, decorative plates and vases, candle holders and keepsake boxes.
- Alan Burslem: Creates oversized pots and vessels that tower over his potter’s wheel. His style ranges from classic to eclectic, creating work with traditional hand-painted details to abstract splatters of colored glazes to create a kaleidoscope effect.
The sounds of pianist Ngu Mbundi and guitarist Chris Wilson will entertain visitors through the show aisles, and costumed storytelling from Middle Earth Studios makes the show experience a great weekend destination for families.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be open Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, in Timonium, Md.
Admission is $8 when purchased online and $10 at the door, and is good for all three days of the show. Children under 12 are admitted free. Free parking is available on site. For more information, including exhibitor lists, driving directions and admission discounts, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900.
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