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
Mitchell Gaudet, glass artist and friend of Tom Mann, was born & raised in New Orleans. After Katrina, he spent months repairing his studio and helping family & friends. When he returned to work, he created pieces about the line that stained his city, where the water settled for weeks. He also created “Ninth Ward Wreckage”, a sculpture representing houses piled up in his neighborhood by the surge.