Seeing the art being made is just part of why Verdier loves her job. She also feels as if the artists are her extended family.

"I've got the best job," said Verdier. "I help people make a living doing what they love."

Both of Barton's parents were architects, and much of his art features Baltimore structures. "Using places people recognize, and evokes emotion," he said.

Meet the artists

Here are three local craftspeople who will be at this weekend's festival:

Lucile Martin

Specialty: Fine Jewelry

Lives in: Reistertown

Martin began going to the festival to expand her jewelry business; this will be her fifth time at Sugarloaf. Why jewelry? "I've always been mesmerized by smallness," Martin said. "So jewelry just seemed natural."

Charlie Barton

Specialty: Screen prints

Lives in: Hampden

Cat Holt

Specialty: Ceramics

Lives in: Overly

Holt makes ceramic monsters that all have a function, from mugs to string holders. Many of her pieces stare back at you. "I make things with eyes," she said.

If you go

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. Admission is $8 when purchased online in advance and $10 at the door. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Parking is also free. For more information, call 800-210-9900 or go to