Crafts at the 36th Annual FSGW Washington Folk Festival, June 4 and 5, 2016
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.
Divya creates elegant jewelry, primarily from dichroic glass, crystals, and handblown glass beads.
Kelly creates imaginative jewelry that reminds her of the California beaches where she grew up. She uses a very wide variety of materials: shells, natural rocks, and gems from the sea and the earth including wood, abalone, seed beads, mother of pearl, cultured pearls, agate, glass, Swarovski crystals, and azurite.
Charlotte makes elegant high-fired stoneware and porcelain items decorated with Celtic designs that swirl, twist, knot, and glide across bowls, mugs, and other useful shapes.
“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.
“Old Work, New Hands” – Quilts & Old Fashioned Clothing
Jane sews a variety of items for women, men, and children in both contemporary and historical styles. She offers hats, aprons, bags of various sizes and purposes, dolls and doll clothes, historical garb, and more.
“Purses for Hope"
Cyndi makes purses and bags ranging from cosmetic bags to travel bags in a wide variety of styles, patterns and fabrics. When travel to Sierra Leone is possible she travels to work with a mission for women and children's health there, and supports the local economy by buying fabrics to use in making her products.
“Beth’s Silver Art”
Beth makes “fine silver (99.9% pure silver)” molded pendants. She 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.
“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.
“Freund 'n' Friends Photos”
From Gloria’s visits to the world beneath the waves, she creates matted and/or framed wall prints of fish, corals, and other animal life. She also offers note cards that share the story of her encounters and a bit about the lives of the animals she meets.
Carl and Kathleen Gotzmer
“June Apple Dulcimers”
Carl Gotzmer has been building musical instruments for more than 30 years. In addition to mountain an hammered dulcimers, Carl and luthiers Kent Hibben, Jessica Smallwood, carver Paul Kilgore, and inlay artist Lee Henson 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 in styles that go back to 1740. They have made three mountain and two hammered dulcimers for the Smithsonian.
Iris creates richly decorated and colored pottery in a wide variety of colors and designs. She offers home décor, kitchenware, and tableware including bowls and platters, wine chillers, tea pots, pitchers, and much more. Her style and patterns combine elements from her Spanish and Incan heritage with American influences to produce designs that are uniquely hers.
Laura makes one-of-a-kind mixed-media creations for home and garden, using a variety of papers, paints, found objects and vintage items. Her work includes birdhouses, watering cans, travel journals, handmade books, and papers, mail art envelopes, and boxes.
Cara makes jewelry in a style that is uniquely hers, including coiled wire necklaces and earrings, pearl lariats, pewter and semi-precious stone necklaces and earrings, and beaded, braided kumihimo necklaces.
“Rosemaling by Christina”
Christina creates traditional 18th and 19th century Norwegian and Swedish folk art hand painted on functional wooden items and ornaments.
“The Doll's Boutique”
Sara makes doll clothes in a variety of styles and fabrics, to fit 15-inch and 18-inch dolls such as the "American Girl" doll. She also makes walker bags, to attach to mobility walkers.
Leigh creates wildly imaginative fabric dolls-for-grownups and stuffed toys for children. Her work is richly decorated, amusing, and very sly – a viewer needs to spend time with many of her pieces in order to see all of the wit and humor she has put into them.
Cynthia makes wearable art jewelry using copper, bronze, and other metals as well as a wide variety of other materials. Her designs are inspired by her travels in the American Southwest and throughout the world. She uses metalsmithing, wireworking, and enameling to make her one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, and cuff bracelets.
Percy Medina & Elizabeth Chanco
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. Elizabeth makes wonderful handmade quilts and three-dimensional wall hangings.
B. J. Opfer
“Opfer’s Wildlife Art"
B.J. makes original watercolors and limited edition prints of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, small mammals, and big game. He also does paints pet portraits and exotic birds, parrots, and macaws.
“Kathryn Ottman Designs” – Polymer Clay
Kathryn's work includes all-handcrafted designs in polymer clay: jewelry and home décor, precious metal clay and Bronze clay, earrings and pendants, and knitted scarves with matching polymer scarf pins. In addition she now offers paracord bracelets and crocheted scarves.
“Playin’ in the Mud”
Leigh's ceramic art combines utility with whimsy and gives expression to her talent as an artist. She creates wheel-thrown and hand-built items that reflect her love of nature. Many Items are bird- or animal-shaped; others are decorated with animal and bird portraits created with underglaze paints. One of her specialties is making whimsical musical ocarinas in nature-inspired shapes,"to add music to my menagerie."
Billy creates handmade wooden sculptures designed to recreate and celebrate notable moments in life. He offers whimsical sculptures for all sorts of occasions and will design a personal sculpture or trophy for any occasion. "You design, I build."
Howard and Audrey Stelzer
Howard makes metal jewelry of all types using silver, copper, and brass along with semi-precious stones. Audrey crochets lightweight spring and summer scarves.
“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.
“J's Paper Fantasies”
Jine creates useful and decorative 3 dimensional art using traditional paper quilling and filigree. This involves rolling and squeezing paper strips into different shapes and pasting them in a delicate, complex pattern based on her original designs. In addition to pictures she incorporates quilling into calligraphic sayings or names, cards, mirrors, magnets, ornaments and jewelry.
“Sunisa’s Clay Flowers
Sunisa makes handmade flowers of air dried clay, displayed in lifelike, graceful arrangements. Her specialty is orchids, but she also makes many other varieties of flower including roses, irises, calla lilies, bird-of-paradise flowers, and many others.