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Curator's Note:

The Messages episode of Craft in America looks at ways 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 the work is provocative.


Wisconsin glass artist Beth Lipman, New Mexico santero Charles M. Carrillo, Baltimore bead artist Joyce J. Scott, and New Orleans jewelry artist & sculptor Thomas Mann are featured in the Messages episode. This collection includes bonus clips of these artists and their work, as well as stories from curators and related artists.


--- Carol Sauvion, Executive Producer,

Craft in America


For more information visit the Messages Episode page, view the Craft in America website, or check local television listings.

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Joyce J. Scott's Soul Erased

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Artist Joyce J. Scott created a series of prints using various techniques including lithography and embossing. This series, titled “Soul Erased”, is about a boy who is doing bad things in the neighborhood. Society cannot tolerate him and angels try to get him to stop his bad behavior. In this clip, Scott explains the meanings of various prints to Goya Contemporary curator Amy Raehse.

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