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A Sneak Peek at the Bespoke Designs Coming to This Year’s American Craft Show

The country’s finest artisans take over Fort Mason.


Scott Wynn Atelier walnut and patinated-steel sideboard. $6,950

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Meghan Patrice Riley nylon-coated stainless steel wire, sterling silver, and multicolored pearl Flow necklace. $230

Photo: Toky Photography/Meghan Patrice Riley

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Tiny Badger Ceramics slipcast porcelain Decanter Vase No. 3. $65

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Jamie Lau cotton Verdant Green Ikat Windowpane A-line dress. $248

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Audrey Modern wool felt, leather, and waxed-canvas Envelope Clutch with solidbrass nickel-plated hardware. $180

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Petra Class faceted, crystal, and cabochon aquamarine; faceted diamond; and 18- and 22-karat gold ring. $5,800

Photo: Hap Sakwa/Petra Class

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Jenny Lemons linen Eye Top. $98

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Hessel Studios assorted copper vessels. $180 to $970

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Kris Marubayashi medium textured clay bowl. $175

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Hannah Beatrice Quinn walnut-and-powder-coated steel Type A stool. $595

Photo: Mark Serr/Hannah Beatrice Quinn

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Batle Studio graphite Right Hand. $75

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Elaine Hyde Glass Design glass, sterling silver, 22-karat gold, turquoise, and quartz crystal Sculptural teapot. $2,400

Photo: George Post/Elaine Hyde Glass Design  

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The American Craft Show is not your average craft fair: Think Art Basel for artisans. For over 70 years, the American Craft Council has been championing master craftspeople—everyone from fashion designers to furniture and knife makers—at shows nationwide. Its annual San Francisco outpost, now in its 42nd year, is the largest juried craft show on the West Coast, with over 230 national and Bay Area artists.

So what should you expect? New York jewelry maker Meghan Patrice Riley, a first-time jurist in the jewelry category, pored over around 300 applications, evaluating them for cohesiveness, craftsmanship, and originality. This year, she notes, unconventional materials were on the rise, including pieces made from skateboards and Legos.

Riley suggests that visitors come up with an attack plan. “You go with a goal in mind that keeps you really curating yourself and not getting overwhelmed,” she says. Arrive early on Friday for the best shot at limited-production items. When you walk the aisles, take a brochure and mark favorites so you can circle back. Avail yourself of experts—a panel of stylists will highlight pieces from fashion designers—and peruse the selection of early-career artists who show under the “Hip Pop” banner. “This is considered to be fine craft,” Riley says, likening the show to a museum experience where all the art is for sale. “These are not people who are hobbyists.” Aug. 4–6, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture


Originally published in the August issue of San Francisco 

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