Spruce up for Spring
Find unique items for you and your home at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Springtime in Baltimore means it is time for the spring tour of the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. The festival, which is one the biggest craft shows on the east coast, returns to Timonium on Friday – Sunday, April 28 – 30 and features more than 250 unique local and national independent artisans.
Shoppers will have their pick of thousands of select handmade goods in fashion, jewelry and fine art, such as pottery, sculpture, glass, furniture, photography and more. Artisan food vendors will also offer gourmet nut butters, truffles, cheese and other indulgences.
The Sugarloaf Craft Festival, founded in 1975, is a juried show, meaning only the best of the best of the nation’s artists are selected to participate. The festival tours twice a year in fall and spring. This spring it will make stops in Timonium and four other locations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
New to the show this spring is Barbara Bass Textiles and Fashion Design, which has been featured on QVC and in the New York Times. Since 1977, fiber artist Bass has been creating original, wearable works of art. Each scarf, shawl, hat, jacket and collar necklace is versatile and stylish, made from imported, natural fibers from all over the world. All of the materials are completely different, lending to the line’s individuality. Just as no two people are the same, identical articles of Bass’ clothing are nearly impossible.
In addition to artists selling their wares, festival attendees can experience live artist demonstrations, music from local musicians and samples from dozens of specialty food providers. Children’s entertainment includes interactive theater, puppets and storytelling by Carl Odhner of Middle Earth Studios.
Visitors will also enjoy these and other demonstrations by select artisans:
Metal/Forged Iron Demo by Carson Sams / Carson’s Customs LLC
In a time when the focus is on technology and automation, blacksmith Carson Sams proves that the centuries-old artistry of forging objects of iron by hand is still alive. He is a distinguished blacksmith and knife maker. Founded in 2010, Carson’s Customs LLC has been creating various objects from wrought iron or steel including Celtic crosses, primitive style knives, hatchets, grilling tools and more. He sets up his equipment and uses his tools to hammer, bend and cut for all to see just how much skill, time and patience is needed to forge each piece.
Wheel-thrown Pottery Demo by Helen & Allen Weichman / Groundhog Blues
Whether you’re looking for decorative or functional stoneware, the work of Helen and Allen Weichman is one of a kind. With more than 90 years of combined experience, the pair opened Groundhog Blues Pottery in 1973 and have been producing beautiful ceramics by hand ever since. Helen instills her love of animals into her work, producing a number of collections themed for cute critters such as their “Man’s Best Friend” line. Allen hand throws each of his pieces, creating sculptural aspects on items where, in his words, you “can almost smell the earth.”
From plates to soup tureens, from reclining cats to punch bowls, every dish and sculpture from Groundhog Blues is made to order using throwing and firing techniques that are perfect for the specific item.
Stone Sculpting Demo by Marty Silverman / The Fountain and Sculpture Garden
If there’s one thing sculptor Marty Silverman does better than everything else, it’s harness the beauty of nature in each and every one of his pieces. His company, The Fountain and Sculpture Garden, offers a selection of one-ofa-kind stone sculptures that are somehow simultaneously ethereal and down to earth. Silverman
employs a direct carving method using stone sculptor’s tools to hammer and chisel each piece, which he does by memory and whim, rarely using a sketch or model. The result is a fine art sculpture that captures the imagination. After it’s been carved, Silverman uses a special polishing process to produce his signature glossy finish.
Metal Spinning Demo by John Akkus / Akkus Silver Touch
After spending 17 years at General Electric, John Akkus left the company in 1989 and began using copper and brass to produce handcrafted engraved designs. Nearly 30 years later, Akkus Silver Touch is the standard in artisan metalworking. Using a woodturning lathe redesigned for metal spinning and his own self-taught techniques, John, who is from Turkey, creates beautiful jewelry, ornaments, vases and decorative plates. Every item features unmatched craftsmanship with silverplated designs. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 28-29: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maryland State Fairgrounds 2200 York Road Timonium- Luther ville, MD 21093
Tickets: $8 online or $10 at the door. Kids 12 & under free.
For more information, go to http://sugarloafcrafts. com/festivals/spring-tour/ timonium/info.