The week before the event is crunch time for Bianco, who can be found painting wine glasses, pint glasses and jars with different designs and patterns then baking the glassware.
Sunday's event, which originated in 1969, is organized by the
It is expected to attract between 20,000 and 25,000 people this year, said
"The goal of the event is to highlight
Many retailers, restaurants and civic groups are also part of the festival.
Bianco said craft festivals are the perfect place to sell her hand-made items. She also participates in the annual Arbutus Arts and Crafts Festival in May held on
Bianco, currently in school for a master's degree in art at
Her business is not just a way to make money -- it's fun too.
"It's a good way to unwind and I like that it makes people happy," Bianco said. "They tell me how much they like them and how they're going to put them on display, so it's a good feeling."
The idea for her business developed when she painted a set of
"They loved it. Their reception of the gift and how happy they were and how fun it was for me to see them, started the idea that I could actually make a business out of this," said the
She began developing an inventory at home and first sold the hand-painted glassware at the Arbutus Arts and Crafts Festival in
In the final week of August, she was busy painting wine glasses with blue crabs, which she expects will sell quickly.
She sells the glassware from her Oella home and will even deliver to those who live in the
Wine glasses are
Bianco said participating in events such as the annual festival on
She has also found Facebook to be a useful marketing tool to grow her business and stay connected with customers. So far, her business strategy is working -- she has 259 likes on Facebook.
Her booth at the arts and crafts festival can be found across the street in front of the Catonsville Gourmet, which is where she was last year.
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