PHOTOS: Hundreds Gather to See San Clemente Artisans

Arts and Crafts Fair featured more than 100 booths with colorful handmade jewelry, clothing and art.

From calligraphy to seascapes, rocks to beach glass, the San Clemente’s Arts and Crafts Fair Sunday featured more than 100 booths at the San Clemente Community Center.

“I got a calligraphy set for Christmas, but I’m left-handed and the only true way to do calligraphy is with the right hand,” said San Clemente Artist Sebastian “Bash” Evans, 20. “After three hours of trying, I was over it, so I started doodling and one thing led to another.”

Typically Evans, who is legally blind, draws with his calligraphy pen set on parchment paper while listening to music which helps him compose “hidden messages” in his sketches.

“Music has a major influence on what I do,” said Evans. “Without music, it’s hard to work.”

Many booths had colorful handmade items such decorative purses, hats and jewelry. Many artists were out to showcase their work, as well.

“I hand-pick all of my sea glass locally,” said San Clemente artist Sly Mallory. “I use recycled glass bottles and put them in a tumbler to make the glass candles.”

Most of Mallory’s glass candles can also be seen at and wine bar. 

Though apparently there is quite the competition for sea glass on San Clemente’s beaches, Mallory says the sea glass she uses to make her necklaces, earrings and charms is simply found on the beach. 

“I walk on the beach and if the sea glass happens to be there, I pick it up,” said Mallory. “But I don’t go searching for the pieces, they come to me.”

While art may come easy for some, other booths showcased their rocks and fossils from arduous digging.

“My husband and I find 70 percent of the stuff you see here,” said "The Artistical Hands” owner and San Juan Capistrano local Katharina Stute. “We go to locations like Arizona, Utah, Montana and the east coast to find our stones.”

Among the neatly situated millions of year old ammonite fossils, shark teeth and piles of turquoise and lapis stones, Stute and her husband intertwined their handmade unique jewelry.


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