About Us

Welcome to our website and thank you for visiting!

You will find us at many art and craft shows, street fairs and our annual event is the Holiday Market in Union Square, we welcome you to come and see us at one of the shows. You’ll find all the events on our Eventspage, including how to find us at each location.

For those of you who don’t know us, our journey together began many years ago when we were both stallholders at the same market. Here’s a little bit more background information about each of us:

Jose Paternoster

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From a very young age I have always been drawn to making things with metal, leather, wood and other natural media. My favorite media has always been metal.

I came to the United States and settled in Florida with my family when I was 17. I had no idea at that point what direction my life would take, but it wasn’t long before I was drawn back to the things I enjoyed most as a child – creating things with my hands.

It all began with making individual pieces of jewelry, and later, I got interested in watches. Now I stick with making unique watches and have been for the past 25 years.

I am often asked what inspires me and my answer is always the same - I love to create things with my own hands, it is my passion.  

Kaisa Manninen

The inspiration for what I create is life itself, and all the wonderful, interesting and very inspiring people I meet through the work I do. A piece of jewelry can be used to tell a story and passed on from generation to generation. It can become part of a family’s history.

Some of my inspiration originates from my childhood in Finland. I have a very vivid memory of a particular time when I was on my grandmother’s lap, she was wearing a Kalevala Koru necklace and I played with the chain and admired the detailed design on it. The very first design I ever made, back in the spring of 2000, was based on that memory.

Finnish lifestyle in general provides inspiring ideas and designs. It’s the combination of simplicity, modern design, the love of nature, strength, an inner strength, that can be translated into a piece of art, or in my case, into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

My real joy is to transfer ideas, visions, experiences and feelings into a piece of jewelry. Each creation involves a translation process that needs to be expressed in abstract form. It becomes a thing of beauty that can be passed on to someone else.

I’ve always been very drawn to copper, brass and sterling silver, so it’s only natural those are the materials I use mostly in my work.

My life in New York City and especially in our neighborhood, feeds my soul and provides me with unending energy and fresh ideas for my work, I feel blessed...

 

Customer Feedback

"I have been going to Sugarloaf Arts and Crafts for many years. The main reason is because years ago I found very lovely and unique jewelry made by Kaisa Manninen. I love the one of a kind pieces and always purchase something new and interesting. I have pendants, rings, earrings and watches. I have also purchased unique pieces to give as gifts. I always look forward to her display of wonders." Betsy Slepetz  

"I am not sure of the exact date but it has to be over 15 years ago when I first saw Paternoster designs on a table in front of St. Anthony’s church on Houston Street in NYC. I was immediately taken with the watch designs and as it was my birthday I bought one of them. Little did I know at the time that I would be returning to this vendor/artist for many years purchasing a new watch as new designs appeared. I even started to buy them for friends. By this point we had become friendly and it was always a pleasure to stop by their stand and chat about their unique designs. We lost touch for a while and then I ran into them at the Barrow Street fair a few years ago and then at the Christmas Village at Union Square just this year. I was so glad to see they are still plugging away. Their designs are true artistry and have a uniqueness that is appealing to anyone who hungers for the non-traditional. I always feel like I am wearing a one of a kind piece of art when I wear one of their watches and I always get comments about them.

As with all true artist things come full circle and I now have the privilege of teaching dance to their son at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Don’t you just love NYC." Andrew Jannetti

"I bought my first watch from Jose more than 18 years ago because I really liked his creative designs, and have bought watches from him every since. Phyllis has bought watches and jewelry from them also because of their creative, unique styles. If there have been any problems, and wearing a watch and banging it around for 18 years can cause problems, Jose was always available to make it right. We check their website to see what they are doing, and where they are selling. I say they because Kaisa designs the jewelry. But equally important, they are just lovely people to know and do business with." Jerry and Phyllis Morgan