Upstate New York Fair Shines the Spotlight on Upstart Companies
First came Brad Ford ID, founded by the namesake principal in 1998. Then, in 2014, came Field + Supply, Ford’s reinterpretation of the traditional arts-and-crafts fairs he experienced growing up in Arkansas. His version is held two weekends a year, one in fall, the other in spring, at Hutton Brickyards, a repurposed factory complex in Upstate New York, showcasing handmade goods by dozens of vendors, many from the surrounding Hudson Valley. Andrew Finnigan Woodturning and his Offset, a pedestal side table in ebonized cherry or oxidized gray maple, for example, hail from Stone Ridge. From the hamlet of Milan (not the Italian city) comes Heath Miller, Brian Peterson, and John Rances of Blow and their poplar and waxed canvas fireplace bellows. Another local, Kelly Storrs, of LowLand Studio, throws and carves the porcelain composing her Inside-Out pendant fixture. Ford also curates makers from New York City, where he and his showroom Fair are based. The steel, concave-peppered Table 11 is by the Bronx-based J.M. Syzmanski Furniture & Interiors, while the Many Eyes porcelain cups and Seed Pod stoneware are by Demetria Chappo Ceramics of Brooklyn.
“People crave a more soulful experience and appreciate products made by hand”