A DECORATIVE URN by Barbara Sebastian is among the pieces featured in the Contemporary Crafts Market.

The Contemporary Crafts Market, billed as the West Coast’s premiere event for unique functional and decorative crafts, will return for its 24th season at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Friday through Sunday, November 6th through 8th.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 6th, 7th and 8th. Admission is $8 for adults, and children under 12 are free.

This year’s market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s top crafts artists, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and more. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality, an event spokesperson said.

The Contemporary Crafts market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent for over two decades. Each year the market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.

Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, says he has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by highlighting talented artists who have created a name for themselves and whose works can be found in national and international museums or galleries.

“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the finest craft pieces from across the United States,” Helms said. “This year will be no exception, as these artists have provided visitors with a truly extraordinary array of pieces that are perfect holiday gifts for friends and family.”

One of the artists is Elaine Hyde of Elaine Hyde Glass Design who creates opalescent vases, teapots, perfume bottles, and other distinctive glass pieces. She combines the immediate and fluid aspects of glass with the shine and structure of precious metals. Hyde has over 30 years experience blowing glass and 20 years experimenting with precious elements.

Her process often involves iridizing the glass with an acid solution to create the work’s signature sheen. All of the metal used in the process is sterling silver and 14, 18 and 22 karat gold. Many of her vessels contain wearable removable parts such as beads and pendants that slide off the tops of the bottles, and can be worn as jewelry.

Another featured artist is Silversmith Shula Baron, who has been a participant at the Contemporary Crafts Market since 1990 and continues to offer some of the finest in one-of-a-kind contemporary Jewish ceremonial items, the event spokesperson said. Since her first show at the Memorial Museum in Holon, Israel in 1976, Baron has been honing her skills as an expert craftsperson with intricate pieces that display artistic interpretations of her faith.

For additional information, (310) 285-3655 or www.CraftSource.org/.

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