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The Big Crafts Fair in San Francisco

Magazine article Sunset

The Big Crafts Fair in San Francisco

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Need a stuffed bulldog in a tux? Or an austere gold bangle? Whether your tastes are outlandish or restrained, the Pacific States Craft Fair is bound to please.

The show, which runs August 12 through 14 at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, is the only Western show sponsored by the nonprofit American Craft Council. Displays include works in leather, gold, silver, wool, paper, and glass; all reflect a refreshingly high quality, A jury of experts in the crafts field culled the 300 artists from about 1,600 applicants.

You can spend $5,000 on a desk, $50 on a stoneware bowl, perhaps $5 on a scarf or roam the booths studying the application of your favorite medium. Last year, silver entered the arena as traditional flatware, then as a domino mask bedecked with festive braids. Around the corner, lace-like necklaces seemed to test the limits of the metal, as did an objet d'art with sides as smooth as glass.

With the tremendous interest in crafts, crowds can be overwhelming (27,000 attended last summer). …

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