MOUNT VERNON — Rebecca Sigler has grown a memory of gifts of mouse pins from her grandmother to a line of unique, hand-created pottery.
Sigler’s pottery business, Mouse Craft, is among several arts and crafts vendors set up for the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival. Mixed in with retailers along downtown, artists have one-of-a-kind creations for sale.
Mouse Craft takes its name from the whimsical mouse figurines that Sigler hand builds in clay. She also has hand thrown pieces in a variety of glazes, including raku and metallic.
The pieces are unique because they are made piece by piece, Sigler said. For example, a mouse gardener figurine’s trowel and basket are made separately before attaching it to the mouse figure. Donkey-cart toothpick holders are pieced bit by bit, including the tack and cartwheels.
Sigler has figural wine stoppers new this year at the festival. She picked up the idea at a festival in Yellow Springs, after displaying her fingurines on top of corks.
“I had dozens of people come by who said they would have bought them if they were bottle stoppers,” Sigler said. “You have to be careful when designing them, because the clay contracts slightly around the cork.”
Bonni Korcok, owner of Flutter-Bye Boutique, set up at Dan Emmett for the first time this year.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about this festival,” Korcok said. “I knit 50 hours a week and do shows on the weekend.”
Korcok makes scarf tops in prints, embroidery and sequins and no two are alike. The scarf tops can be worn down like a kimono, up as a headscarf, off one shoulder like a Sari or across the shoulders “Stevie Nicks style,” Korcok said.
Korcok did a little shopping at the festival’s jewelry vendors for accent pieces used when displaying her scarf tops.
Mohican Stoneworks stopped going to shows about 10 years ago, when buyer’s tastes switched to wood rustics away from custom sandstone work. The family-owned business came back to festivals last year to find that tastes have changed again, stoneworker/woodworker Damyan Davis said.
“Ten years ago what you’d see at festivals were things like carved ducks,” Davis said. “I went back to just selling from home during that time, doing well, but not as well as I had been. We came back to festivals last year, and it was amazing, the variety of stuff that’s out there.”
Mohican Stoneworks’ bird baths, benches and engraved pieces were joined this year by live-side wood furniture and reclaimed pallet wood furniture.