The golden age of craft

Local potter Gail Carlson has been exhibiting her work at the Evergreen Artisan Market since the very beginning. She said she’s noticed a renewed interest in handmade goods. © Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald

For more than 40 years the Evergreen Artisan Market has provided artists with a place to share their work

Gail Carlson has been involved with the Evergreen Artisan Market since the very first show at the Prince Albert Arts Centre in the early 1970s.

“The Arts Centre just opened so it would be the first Christmas sale and they did call it ‘Evergreen’ even right off the bat and it was on the main floor. There would have been maybe 20 different artists,” the local potter said.

“It was great. It was packed. People were lined up outside on the street. I mean it was crazy back then.”

Carlson said the 1970s were a time a growth and development for Canadian crafts, partially thanks to government spending directed at arts and culture. Organizations like the Saskatchewan Craft Council were formed during this period and Carlson said 100 pottery students would attend classes at the Arts Centre every week.

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