Fort Mason market features handmade crafts

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Berkeley-based jewelry designer Alison Antelman is among the artists displaying and selling their wares this weekend at the Contemporary Crafts Market in San Francisco.

Antelman works in gold and silver, and with precious and semi-precious stones as well as sea glass collected from Northern California beaches.

She says, “On a lucky day, I find purple, pink and uranium yellow glass. So much of the glass I find fits the shapes that I envision for a necklace, bracelet or ring. Every single piece I set is in its original shape.”

More than 200 artisans are taking part in the event,a juried crafts fair featuring hand-thrown ceramics, glassware, textiles, wearable art, furniture, basketry, sculpture, gourd artworks and metal creations.

Founder Roy Helms says the show has challenged people’s perception of handmade art as something cheap or rough-hewn. The market, which has been around for some 20 years, features more and more high-end, high-quality hand-crafted pieces every year. Interior designers, art collectors and retail buyers are among those who attend, using what they see and purchase to set and gauge trends in color and style.

Helms, a craftsman himself, reiterates that every piece in the show is made by hand, calling the event an “invaluable testament to the American Crafts Movement.”

Contemporary Crafts Market

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Tickets: $7 general; free for ages 12 and under

Contact: (415) 995-4925 or visit www.craftsource.org

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