Craft In America

The Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Craft in America explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade, and will take you on a journey to the artists, origins and techniques of American craft. Each episode contains stories from diverse regions and cultures, blending history with living practice and exploring issues of identity, ritual, philosophy and creative expression. 

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Memory

Episode #101 · The first episode takes a personal tour through craft's history in America. The intimate stories of some of the country's most prominent craft artisans are set against the larger historical context of craft itself. The episode includes visits to woodworker Sam Maloof, furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett, basket makers Mary Jackson and Pat Courtney Gold and metalsmith Tom Joyce.

Landscape

Episode #102 · The second episode examines the relationship of craft artists with their physical environment, which serves as a source of materials and inspiration. The program spotlights Timberline Lodge, woodworker George Nakashima and his daughter Mira, jewelers Kit Carson and Jan Yager and ceramicists David Gurney and Richard Notkin.

Community

Episode #103 · The final episode focuses on the spiritual connection between artisans and their communities. The personal stories of gifted artisans reveal the deeply held belief that craft is about more than just the making of an object. The episode profiles Pilchuck School of Glass, Penland School of Craft, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, potter Sarah Jaeger, jewelry maker Denise Wallace and the team of basket maker Dona Look and master jeweler Ken Loeber.

Process

Episode #202 · "Process" looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and demonstrates how they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills. This episode also reveals some of the best and most interesting artists who turned to craft as a second career later in life.

Messages

Episode #301 · This episode of "Craft in America" looks at the ways many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. They use craft to tell a story, prove a point or bring attention to contemporary issues. Often their work is passionate and provocative. Artists featured include Wisconsin glass artist Beth Lipman; New Mexico santero Charles Carrillo; Baltimore quilter, sculptor and performance artist Joyce J. Scott; and New Orleans metal and jewelry artist Thomas Mann.

Threads

Episode #401 · Explore woven textiles and story quilts by artists Faith Ringgold of Harlem, Randall Darwall of Cape Cod, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood in California and Terese Agnew in Wisconsin.

Holiday

Episode #502H · This program celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt's opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard's sparkling luminarias. Garcia Art Glass makes colorful ornaments, and Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.