The Contemporary Crafts Market Returns to Santa Monica, November 4-6, 2011

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The premiere holiday event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative arts and crafts.

The Contemporary Crafts Market returns this weekend to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, November 4-6, 2011. The premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative arts and crafts, this year’s market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s finest artists -- ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more.

With today’s trend of “think local and independent versus big business” it’s a nice way for Angelenos to support independent artists and craftspeople, rather than department store and mass-made wares. 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. Year after year, the market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.

Roy Helms, founder of the Contemporary Crafts Market, 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 will be no exception, as these artists have provided visitors with a truly extraordinary array of pieces that are perfect gifts for friends and family.”

This year’s market will feature a number of artists who take novel approach to the art of craft:

Ed Broadfield Glass:
Ed Broadfield began working in glass thirty years ago. As a child in Iowa, he spent Sunday mornings staring at the stained glass windows of his hometown church. It was only a few years ago that Broadfield discovered that his family in England was and still is involved in glass craft. Broadfield has studied under contemporary craftsmen and old masters, and developed a body of work that includes elegant vases, bowls and paperweights. A self-professed “glass-aholic,” Broadfield brings his popular collection of hand-blown glass holiday ornaments to the Contemporary Crafts Market.

Stephen Browning and Valentin Ruesga – The Browning House:
Stephen Browning founded The Browning House in 2003, creating custom designs and vessels from an array of gourds. Always renewing his energy through experimentation with the use of innovative and mostly natural materials, gourd work now consumes most of this artistic attention. Valentin Ruesga began to collaborate with The Browning House in 2004.

Isabelle Posillico Jewelry:
Isabelle Posillico is an award-winning jeweler and metalsmith from Northern California. She produces contemporary jewelry and metal, and designs, creates, roller prints, forms, constructs, and solders each piece she makes in her one-person studio.

For Isabelle, it is important to her that the jewelry pieces she designs are wearable, yet fun and elegant. Each jewelry piece is created with the ability to stand on its own aesthetically – a feature that appeals to jewelry collectors. Her newly created metal line includes whimsical tableware pieces made in sterling silver, touches of gold and larger sculptural pieces in lead-free pewter.

The Contemporary Crafts Market is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, California, 90401.

Show hours are November 4, 5 and 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission is $8.00 for adults and children under 12 are free.

For additional information, please call 310.285.3655 or visit,


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