Posted by Ellen Reilly on December 01, 2014
There’s something for everyone at Bay Area gift shows this season, when it comes to finding what’s unique and hand-crafted. Fort Mason is aplenty with holiday shows in December by West Coast Craft, San Francisco Bazaar and SF Made. You’ll find a plethora of goods, many of which are made right here in San Francisco. What a great way to support local small businesses and our community of artisans. Worth a trip across the Bay: KPFA’s Holiday Craft Fair is now at the Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond Waterfront. This beloved annual fair, benefiting KPFA radio, features the original work of more than 200 exceptionally good artists and crafts people.
(Dec. 6 & 7) A craft and design show featuring meticulously selected designers, artists, and crafts people living and working on the West Coast. Their works exemplify the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle—cool yet sunny, laid back yet innovative. Using a variety of mediums—wood, textiles, ceramics and metal—these designers create singular pieces that blur the boundary between fine art and craft.
West Coast Craft: Dec. 6 & 7, 2014, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. Admission is free.
San Francisco Bazaar
(Dec. 13 & 14) Founded eight years ago by two San Francisco natives (husband-and-wife team Jamie Chan and Blas Herrera), the SF Bazaar is dedicated to helping local artisans establish and thrive. This year’s show will host more than 150 local makers selling a wide range of goods: clothing, home decor, jewelry, art prints, ceramics, paper goods, and more.
Showcased alongside well-loved returning vendors you’ll find emerging artists including Mac Cutting Boards, Laurel Begley Ceramics, Unpossible Cuts, Leafcutter Designs, and Birdy Botanicals. San Francisco Bazaar is also providing a space for local nonprofits to share their great work with the community. This year SCRAP, SF Quilters Guild, FabMo, and SF Youth Employment Coalition, among others, will have booths at the show.
San Francisco Bazaar: Dec. 13 & 14, 2014, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Fort Mason Center. Admission is free. The first 200 people through the door each day will receive a custom tote bag and limited-edition print designed by Nidhi Chanani.
SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair
(Dec. 13 & 14) A two-day extravaganza featuring locally made gift items from 40 different SFMade vendors each day. The fair’s unique products include jewelry, chocolate, wine, home decor, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards and decorations, and stationery—all from local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in San Francisco. This year there will be special holiday-themed DIY booths and demos from select vendors.
Here’s a sampling: Delicious food and beverages from McVicker Pickles, NoshThis, Sutton Cellars, T-We Tea, Dandelion Chocolate, Awesome Bars, Sal de Vida, S & S Brand, Cellars 33, Poco Dolce and more. Fashion form Pladra, Rickshaw Bagworks, Spicer Bags, DODOcase and more. Home goods from Heath Ceramics and Urban Farmgirls. Body products from Earthbody, Etta and Billie and Heliotrope. Holiday themed products like Christmas trees from Retree.
Founded in 2010, SFMade is a non-profit organization uniquely focused on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local urban manufacturing sector.
SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair: Dec. 13 & 14, 2014, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Fleet Room at Fort Mason Center. Admission is free. sfmade.org
(Dec. 20 & 21) Showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary art and craft, this fair highlights both experienced and emerging designers who produce one-of-a-kind, handmade and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media. These jury-selected artisans and crafts people combine new and traditional techniques with modern design aesthetics to produce appealingly fresh and innovative work.
All the artists will be present to meet with guests and showcase their own work, from outstanding wearable textiles to sophisticated ceramics, luminous glass, innovative furniture and practical housewares. There’s also evocative photography, original block-printed art, contemporary paper goods and affordable and exquisite fashion jewelry.
KPFA Crafts Fair: Dec. 20 & 21, 2014,
10am – 5pm, The Craneway Pavilion, Richmond on the Waterfront. A KPFA benefit, admission is $10 (ages18-64), $5 seniors, disabled free, under 17 free.
The fair has moved back to the East Bay this December for the first time in 19 years.
The Craneway Pavilion is 10 minutes by car from Berkeley, 5 minutes from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. It’s accessible by public transit by BART and AC Transit. It sits on the pedestrian and bike-friendly Bay Trail. Parking is free and plentiful. kpfa.org/craftsfair
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