If you are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, fashion or home décor by artisan designers, or perhaps would like to be inspired by the largest juried craft show on the West Coast. If so, the American Craft Council Show will be taking place in San Francisco over the weekend of August 3-5, featuring more than 230 artists at the Fort Mason Center.
The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit public educational organization founded by Aileen Osborn Webb. Its mission is to champion craft by promoting an appreciation and understanding of contemporary American craft.
“The 2012 San Francisco American Craft Council Show is a signature destination event in the Bay Area, offering visitors a variety of quality artisan craft unparalleled on the West Coast,” says Pam Diamond, Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Craft Council. “We aspire to be the flagship of handcrafted design while inspiring the next generation of visitors and artists. We constantly strive to evolve and enhance the show by introducing new categories of craft and recognizing art curators and collectors such as the San Francisco Style Makers.”
New categories are debuting at the show this year, including the “Bride-to-Be” category which showcases unique built-to-last items with brides and the wedding season in mind. The “Men’s Dept.” which offers cool handmade items for the man that has everything, including accessories, home décor and fashion. “Foodieware” offers utilitarian designs for the artistic chef, featuring kitchen art and wares. “Blue Chip” is for the aspirational buyer looking for luxury designs and stunning pieces valued at $10, 000 or more. Lastly, the “Local” category focuses on local artists from the Bay Area who are given the chance to present their innovative crafts on a national stage.
The American Craft Council acknowledges San Francisco’s Style Makers, local ambassadors of art and personalities that value unique design. This year they include San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik, CBS5 anchor Roberta Gonzales, Artful Home CEO Lisa Bayne and KRON TV host Jan Wahl.
Pam Diamond from the American Craft Council sums it up by saying, “San Francisco is truly an enclave of artists and enthusiasts, and we’re so proud to continue our tradition here.”
Friday August 3, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Extended hours; $5 admission after 5 p.m.)
Saturday August 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday August 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123
$14 one-day pass
$20 three-day pass
$2 advance purchase discount online: $12 one-day passes and $8 two-day passes available at website
Free admission for children under 12 and American Craft Council members
Paid valet parking is available or visitors may park offsite at the Marina Green and take the complimentary shuttle bus to Fort Mason.