Glasswork one of many highlights at Christmas fair

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Barely into November, Prince Albert’s already plunged into the Christmas craft fair season. 

Prince Albert artisan Randy Bergman is seen with the glass Christmas tree ornaments he created with his wife Shirley, during the Focus on Christmas Trade Show and Sale at the Exhibition Centre on Saturday. 

Barely into November, Prince Albert’s already plunged into the Christmas craft fair season.

Saturday saw a handful of craft fairs take place across the city, with the largest by far the Focus on Christmas Trade Show and Sale at the Exhibition Centre.

Showcasing unique talents, entrepreneurs and creative minds, the event had almost 100 booths set up through the centre.

Among these booths was Randy Bergman, whose post-retirement businesses seemed the perfect match for a tradeshow centred on Christmas.

Lining his display were hundreds of handmade glass Christmas decorations.

“We start with a big sheet of glass and we cut it down to small squares, so all the chipping and drilling,” he said. “There are quite a few steps to get to the end product.”

Designs are stuck onto the ornaments, which are then sandblasted to maintain the patterns.

Randy is joined by wife Shirley in this business endeavour, which eats up a good chunk of their post-retirement, with many trade shows to attend throughout he prairie provinces, between October and December.

Much of their summers are spent creating the ornaments in preparation for the Christmas season.

“My wife’s in Nipawin right now, so during the busy times we’ll split and she’ll go to one and I’ll go to another,” Bergman said.

Bergman retired about 10 years ago after working as a teacher, and his wife has retired from her work as a nurse.

Experimenting in different glass-centred art pieces, they settled on Christmas ornaments, as they’re both fun to make and popular at craft sales.

They’ve developed more than 150 different kinds of ornament, from the basic “Merry Christmas,” to more specific greetings centred on different professions and age groups.

The Bergmans’ glass ornaments story is one of the many being shared at this season’s Christmas craft fairs, which highlight the efforts of many throughout the community and further.

See the “What’s On” page in every Monday’s print edition of the Daily Herald for details on additional Christmas fairs that will take place from now until Dec. 25.  

Organizations: Prince Albert, Exhibition Centre, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Nipawin

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