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CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series on PBS, explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. With fifteen shows produced since 2007, the series takes viewers 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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Magdalena Pedro Martínez, Catrina sculpture

Neighbors

NEIGHBORS explores connections between Mexico and the United States through craft. PBS premiere September 29, 2017 (check local listings). Featuring ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio; ceramic artists Carlomagno Pedro Martínez and Magdalena Pedro Martínez; glass artist Jaime Guerrero; silver designers William Spratling, Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda, Carmen Tapia, Cristina Romo, and Eduardo Herrera; muralist Judy Baca and Social and Public Art Resource Center. Watch >

J. Isaac Vásquez Garcia, cochineal woven rug

Borders

BORDERS explores connections between Mexico and the United States through craft. PBS premiere September 29, 2017 (check local listings). Featuring master altar-maker Ofelia Esparza, Self Help Graphics & Art, and the Day of the Dead celebration; master weaver J. Isaac Vásquez Garcia and family; weaver Jim Bassler and potter Veralee Bassler and the colorful Guelaguetza parade; and artist Kiff Slemmons and maestro Francisco Toledo at Taller Arte Papel Watch >

Preston Singletary, Fish

Nature

NATURE features artists who explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Featuring sculptor Patrick Dougherty, fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess, woodworker Michelle Holzapfel, glass artist Preston Singletary, and book artist Catherine Alice Michaelis. Watch >

Mark Mitsuda, Jugs

Teachers

TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing their skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Presented by PBS for Spotlight Education week. Featuring glass artist Mark Mitsuda, Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete, ceramic artist Linda Sikora, and glass artist Therman Statom. Watch >

Kamaka Hawaii, Original Pineapple Ukulele

Music

MUSIC features finely crafted handmade instruments and the world renowned artists who play them. MUSIC features interviews and performances from Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens, Director of the Count Basie Orchestra Scotty Barnhart, banjo master Tony Ellis, LA Philharmonic timpanist Joseph Pereira, and virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Instrument makers featured are Martin Guitar, Hartel Banjos, Monette trumpets, Stelling banjos, and Kamaka ukuleles. Watch >

Yoshiko Yamamoto, Winter Cardinals

Celebration

CELEBRATION examines the role craft plays in our holiday customs, with a focus on our winter observances and the traditions that are handed down from one generation to another as well as new rituals that define the season. CELEBRATION features lion dancers and float builders for San Francisco’s acclaimed Chinese New Year Parade, artists in Michigan making ceramics for the holidays at Pewabic (Detroit) and Motawi Tileworks (Ann Arbor), Kwanzaa celebrations with artists in Chicago and Oakland, and Christmas card making in Tacoma, Washington with woodblock print artist Yoshiko Yamamoto. Watch >

Ehren Tool, cups

Ehren Tool, Cups

Service

The SERVICE episode is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts and Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, SERVICE documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists include Eugene Burks Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos. Watch >

Shane Yamane, 18K gold rings

Shane Yamane, 18K gold rings

Industry

Handmade in the Creative Economy. Featuring Gee's Bend quilters Lucy Mingo & Mary Ann Pettway, quilter Joe Cunningham, boat builder Graham McKay & Lowell's Boat Shop, artists Bethanne Knudson & Libby O'Bryan & The Oriole Mill, artists Shane Yamane & Jan Lee, Etsy. Watch >

Harley Refsal, Haugbui

Harley Refsal, Haugbui

Holiday

HOLIDAY embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade. Featuring ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass, paper artist Kathleen Trenchard, ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn, Biltmore House, woodcarver Harley Refsal, John C. Campbell Folk School. Watch >

Albert Paley, Menorah
Albert Paley, Menorah

Forge

Exceptional artists forging metal magically transformed by fire. Featuring silversmith Chloe Darke, Old Newbury Crafters, artist Tom Pullin, Corcoran College of Art + Design, sculptor Albert Paley. Watch >

Jeff Oestreich, Altered Pitcher
Jeff Oestreich, Altered Pitcher

Crossroads

How do borders and personal crossroads affect an artist? How do science and craft interact? How do other cultures influence American style and technique? This episode explores the intersections of craft, culture, and technology. Featuring sculptor Tanya Aguiniga, fiber artist Lia Cook, ceramic artists Warren MacKenzie, Jeff Oestreich, Clary Illian. Watch >

Randall Darwall, Woven Scarf

Randall Darwall, Woven Scarf

Threads

THREADS explores the needle arts including weaving, storytelling through quilts and textiles that speak to the creativity of the human spirit. Featuring fiber artists Terese Agnew, Randall Darwall, Faith Ringgold, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. Watch >

Turned bowls by Ed, Philip, Matt Moulthrop
Ed, Philip, Matt Moulthrop, Turned Bowls

Family

Is talent inherited? What is it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand? This episode explores the creative environments and personal dynamics of four families of craft artists. Featuring ceramic and jewelry artist Cliff & Holly Lee, glass artists Paul & Dante & Marina Marioni, wood turners Ed & Philip & Matt Moulthrop, boot maker Lisa Sorrell. Watch >

Thomas Mann, Container Heart Pin
Thomas Mann, Container Heart Pin

Messages

Some craft artists go beyond skill to create works that bring attention to contemporary issues. Find out what inspires artists to create and how they transform their personal beliefs into works of art. Featuring santero Charles M. Carrillo, glass artist Beth Lipman, jeweler Thomas Mann, bead artist Joyce J. Scott. Watch >

Erika Sayar (North Bennet Street School), Violin, 2009

Erika Sayar (North Bennet Street School), Violin

Process

What inspires a person to choose a career in craft? And how does one acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to become a craft artist. Featuring the 92nd St Y, jewelers Dave & Roberta Williamson, ceramic artists Cary Esser & Nikki Lewis, Kansas City Art Institute, North Bennet Street School, book artist Julie Chen, printmaker Tom Killion. Watch >

Mark Hewitt, Vase, 2002

Mark Hewitt, Vase

Origins

Craft traditions didn't just appear, fully-formed and mature. Artists tie their work to early techniques and pass these practices on in a continuum of creativity. Featuring blacksmith Philip Simmons, potter Mark Hewitt, Vernon & Pam & Travis Owens at Jugtown Pottery, weaver Jim Bassler, glass artist Paul Stankard, bead artist Teri Greeves. Watch >

Preston Singletary, Killer Whale Hat

Preston Singletary, Killer Whale Hat

Community

Throughout time, craft work has been a community activity. This hour focuses on the spiritual connection artists have to their communities through craft making. Some express the ideas, beliefs and desires of their community through their craft objects. Some pay homage to the community by continuing craft traditions that are in danger of being lost. Featuring glass artists Jamex & Einar de la Torre, glass artist Preston Singletary, Pilchuck Glass School, potter Sarah Jaeger, jeweler Ken Loeber, basket maker Dona Look, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Penland School of Crafts, jewelry artist Denise & Samuel Wallace. Watch >

Richard Notkin, Cube Skull Teapot

Richard Notkin, Cube Skull Teapot (Variation #23)

Landscape

The second episode focuses on the relationship between the artists and their physical environment. Craft artists depend on their natural environment for both materials and inspiration. This hour looks at the processes through which natural materials become finished works of craft, and what deeper messages may be contained therein. Featuring jeweler Jan Yager, ceramic artist David Gurney, woodworker Mira Nakashima, jewelry artist Kit Carson, ceramic artist Richard Notkin, Timberline Lodge. Watch >

Sam Maloof, Double Rocker

Sam Maloof, Double Rocker

Memory

The first in the CRAFT IN AMERICA series, MEMORY takes a personal tour through craft's history in America beginning with the pioneers of the field. This episode juxtaposes the intimate stories of some of our country's most prominent craft artists against the larger historical context of craft itself. Featuring woodworker Sam Maloof, basket maker Mary Jackson, furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett, blacksmith Tom Joyce, Wasco basket maker Pat Courtney Gold. Watch >