The 25th annual Contemporary Crafts Market will showcase functional and decorative crafts by more than 250 artists, including intricate jewelry, glassware and ceramics, hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, and mixed-media creations at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Friday through Sunday, June 11th through 13th.
Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica.
All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.
The Contemporary Crafts Market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent since its inception, event organizers say. Over the years the market has brought together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts, organizers say.
Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, 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 explains. “This year is a special milestone, as we celebrate the art of craft and all of the artists who have made the show possible.”
Among the featured artists is
Glen Dizon, who founded Glen Dizon Custom Jewelry Design in 1976 and has worked with some of the world’s finest and rarest stones. Dizon creates jewelry that seamlessly mixes simple, modern design with bold gemstones, and attempts to enhance the beauty of the gem without overpowering it with complex design.
“For me, the process of designing jewelry is like meditation,” said Dizon. “At its very best, my process begins when I quiet my mind, ‘listen’ to the materials, and liberate the design uniquely inherent in each gemstone.”
Artists Ken and Ingrid Hanson have worked together since their early college years, and although traditional Italian and Swedish glass-blowing techniques inspire them, they say they use a bold and innovative color palette to create their contemporary art glass.
The Hansons melt sand and other raw materials in order to mold their glasswork, and pay great attention to the detail of the surface decoration on their vessels. They create brightly colored stripes and symbols by hand forming and melting glass into various shapes, and will often include 24-karat gold and pure silver in many of their pieces.
Event admission is $8 for adults, and children under 12 are free.
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