December 3, 2019

Upstate New York Fair Shines the Spotlight on Upstart Companies

No. 6, No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 2 by Blow.

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.

Many Eyes by Demetria Chappo Ceramics.
Offset by Andrew Finnigan Woodturning.

“People crave a more soulful experience and appreciate products made by hand”

Table 11 by J.M. Syzmanski Furniture & Interiors.
Inside-Out by Lowland Studio
Seed Pod by Demetria Chappo Ceramics.

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