2017 Craft Days, September 9 & 10

Are you a crafter, artisan of edible treats looking for a juried craft show for Fall 2017? If so, then apply today to the 53rdAnnual Craft Days on September 9 & 10.  CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO APPLY ONLINE TODAY! It is a juried show that takes place outside on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida, NY. (No direct consultants).The society prides itself in having crafters that create and sell their own handmade work.

The event’s annual attendance is between 3,600-4,000. This is an admission show of $4 with the option to purchase a weekend pass for $6. Children 12 and under are free. Show hours are on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am- 4 pm. Enjoy delicious food, winery sampling, free kid activities, and great entertainment. No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds. Come join us for a fun, family friendly event at the Madison County Historical Society.

For more information about the event and participating, please email sydney@mchs1900.org.

We asked our crafters and artisans of edible treats about their influences and creative process involved in their work and this is what we learned about Judith Goldstone, of Judith Goldstone Designs,  of  Whitesboro…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. I use as much natural products as possible. Ninety- nine percent of my pieces are one-of-a- kind. I do not use any animal products in my designs- anything that looks like leather is not.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? I prefer tailored designs that allow the natural beauty of the materials to shine through . My favorite design style is Art Deco and my favorite architect is Frank Lloyd Wright. Their esthetics drive me.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? In the last year I have become inspired by the feel of working with metal. I have always enjoyed building things, so I now can satisfy the feeling of truly working with my hands.

When do you feel the most creative? How to you combat creative blocks? I feel the most creative as I see a blank piece of metal turning into wearable art. When I get creative blocks I step away until thinking about making something wakes me up early a.m.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? My essentials are many hammers, a rolling mill that allows me to add texture to metal, and my torch.

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? In my non-metal working area I have hung art from other artists that inspire me and space for my cats to hang out. They are vital to recovering small things I drop and can ‘t find. They always do!

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? I think handmade products have  a piece of the artist’s heart and soul in them. Mass produced items don’t have that. The people who buy handmade items are sharing in the artist’s dreams and story.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?My jewelry is available at the Munson Williams Proctor giftshop; Indigo Tree in  New Hartford; andas well as  on my website

What else do you want people to know about you?I am self- taught. My life diection turned to this because I wanted to replace a much loved bracelet I lost that drive pushed me in this direction. The only problem is I still haven’t remade the bracelet.