Crafts at the 32nd Annual Washington Folk Festival, June 2 and 3, 2012
Art Glass Center
“Art Glass Center at Glen Echo Park”
A group of long-time students at the Glen Echo Park Art Glass Center will be displaying and selling their work, which uses a wide variety of fused glass styles, materials and techniques. They will offer jewelry, small functional glass items and larger one-of-a-kind art works. They will be happy to explain the different materials and techniques used.
Liz makes imaginative terra cotta wall sculptures in the form of masks depicting nature spirits, faeries and bird or animal spirits. Many are suitable for outdoor and garden use. Her indoor sculptures are enhanced with natural materials such as pine cones, mosses, acorns, gourds, feathers and much more.
Unique and colorful tableware, glassware and wine accessories decorated with glass beads and silver wire. In addition to liking the appearance of Melanie’s decorated pieces, many customers find they are easier to hold than standard tableware.
“Mystic Water Soap”
Michelle creates handmade soaps and other hair and skin care products. Her soaps are made “from scratch”, using olive and other natural oils, shea butter, goat or coconut milk, herbs, essential oils, colorings and fragrances. Many are vegan. She offers a wide variety of special-purpose soaps including shaving soap, sea salt soaps, and shampoo bars as well as other hand made hair and skin care products.
Leslie Barr & Friends
“Pine Tree Crafts Co-Op” – Beadwork and Other Crafts
Crafts by Leslie Barr, Carolee Rand, Ellen Schwab and Vicki Moss. A selection of crafts made by members of a local crafts cooperative. Beaded jewelry, handmade greeting cards and paper crafts, and hand-knit items, wearable and decorative. Hand-knitted and fulled flower pins, hair accessories and small pouches.
Charlotte Boynton, “Boynton Pottery”
Leigh Partington, “Playing in the Mud”
Charlotte makes elegant highfire stoneware and porcelain with Celtic designs that swirl, twist, knot and glide across bowls, mugs and other useful shapes. Leigh makes highly original ceramic items. Many are “one of a kind”. She makes ceramic ocarinas, slabware platters, and cups, bowls, vases, etc decorated with her detailed paintings of birds and animals.
“Old Work, New Hands” – Quilts & Old Fashioned Clothing
Jane sews clothing for women, men and children, in a style reminiscent of times gone by. She also offers hats, aprons and bags, as well as doll clothes for 18" dolls.
“Beth’s Silver Art” - Molded Silver
“Fine silver (.999 pure silver)” molded pendants. Beth designs many of her own molds and accents her pieces with semiprecious stones, silver wire, and glass forms. She also offers earrings and pendants featuring “fine silver” wire work.
Bill Day & Rita Ferrara
Bill makes lathe-turned objects, including conventional bowl forms and one-of-a-kind natural-edge pieces, making the most of the wood’s texture, irregularities, grain and color. Rita woodburns original designs on boxes, magnets and pendants made of wood and other natural materials. Her drawings feature textured, carved effects enhanced with layers of translucent color.
“Trish Doty: Brush, Water & Color”
Trish offers her original watercolor paintings with a wide range of subjects and sizes including framed original watercolor miniatures. She offers both matted and framed original work as well as greeting cards. All pieces are archivally mounted. She does commissioned work including portraits of homes.
Janet Dykstra and Claudia Segal
“Lotsaknots” – Wearables
Lotsaknots is the work of two fiber artists and friends who hand knit, hand weave, hand sew and hand crochet wearables such as shawls, scarves, sweaters and special things for the home. Together they have over a hundred years of experience knitting, crocheting, sewing and weaving.
“Silver Lace Studio”
Nancy’s unusual jewelry includes chain mail and wire work in a variety of metals, as well as intricate off-loom bead weaving.
“June Apple Dulcimers”
Carl Gotzmer has been building musical instruments for more than 30 years. In addition to mountain an hammered dulcimers, Carl and workers Dylan Magargie and Kent Hibben craft obscure European mountain zithers, bowed psalteries, and original design instruments such as the Cellomer. June Apple is the only maker of early American dulcimers back to 1740. They have made three mountain and two hammered dulcimers for the Smithsonian.
“Christina Gurnham Woodworking”
Christina crafts wooden household items and gifts including shaving kits, cheese boards, wine stopper, natural-edge boxes, mirrors and ornaments.
Origami Jewelry, “Kumihimo” Braiding
Shawnee folds colorful Japanese washi paper into whimsical origami pins and earrings. For 2012 she has new Year of the Dragon items. She also makes bracelets and art-to-wear necklaces using traditional Japanese braiding, “Kumihimo”.
“Rosemaling by Christina”
Traditional 18th and 19th century Norwegian and Swedish folk art hand painted on functional wooden items and ornaments.
“Wine Bottle Art”
Carol makes useful and decorative items from recycled wine bottles using stained, fused, and etched glass techniques. The items include lamps, cheese platters, dishes, vases, rooting vases, sun catchers, and wall hangings.
“HourGlass Creations” – Wearables in Silk
Custom silk clothing with a whimsical touch. Each item is made from pure silk, hand-dyed. Many are trimmed with colorful appliqué to create a wide range of cloaks, skirts, dresses, scarves, purses and more. Each piece is unique, whether in its dyed color or the choice of appliqué. Designs may be paired with her hand-made coordinating jewelry. Designed to fit women in a wide variety of sizes and body types.
Gourds, Musical Instruments, Wall Hangings
Percy creates striking images that are hand carved, burned and painted on intricately decorated gourds. He also makes Peruvian and other musical instruments, and handmade quilts and wall hangings.
“Crow Candy” – Lampworked Glass
Personal adornment and home accessories of lampworked glass, making use of unique lampworked glass beads that are handmade by the artist.
B. J. Opfer
“Opfer’s Wildlife Art"
Original watercolors and limited edition prints of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, small mammals and big game. Also pet portraits and exotic birds, parrots and macaws.
“Kathryn Ottman Designs” – Polymer Clay
One-of-a-kind art and jewelry items created from polymer clay. Decoupage plates and boxes. Items for children including kits. Unique buttons for knit and sewn items.
Rag Rugs and Paper Cut-Outs
Roma is keeping alive her Polish mother’s craft, offering durable hand-loomed rag rugs, stoles, scarves and other items based on the European traditions.
“BriteCloth” – Tie Dyed Wearables
Maria creates tie dyed clothing for men and women, children and infants as well as accessories and other wearables including hats, socks, hair accessories, pet shirts, and much more.
“Sunisa’s Clay Flowers
Handmade flowers of air dried clay, displayed in lifelike, graceful arrangements. Sunisa’s specialty is orchids, but she also makes many other varieties of flowers including roses, irises, calla lilies, bird-of-paradise flowers and many others.