CALIFORNIA explores craft practices definitively Californian, from Native Americans continuing ancient traditions, to contemporary artists expressing new iterations of the art of the handmade.


Tracing the history of fiber in California begins with the indigenous Pomo people located in Northern California where basket weaver Corine Pearce is reviving ancestral Pomo basketry techniques.


Trained by the legendary Porter Blanchard, metalsmith Randy Stromsoe works, surfs, and lives a life of continuous inspiration on the Central Coast of California.


Turning to the Arts and Crafts movement classically embodied in California by Greene and Greene architects, The Gamble House, one of the finest examples of this work is explored, along with the handwork of renowned father and son woodworkers James Ipekjian and Jack Ipekjian, and the spectacular stained glass of the Judson Studios.


Winding through San Francisco’s Wearable Art movement of the 1960s, the fiber trail leads us to the elegant one-of-a-kind clothing by textile artist Deborah Cross in Santa Cruz.

CALIFORNIA episode PBS premiere December 21, 2018 (check local listings)
Silversmith Randy Stromsoe on his tools
Silversmith Randy Stromsoe on annealing
Melissa Leventon on wearable art & Deborah Cross on photo transfer
Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri on Pomo coil baskets
Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri on Pomo twine baskets
Weston Slaughter on living in the Thorsen House in Berkeley, California.
Melissa Leventon & Deborah Cross on Julie Artisans Gallery

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