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92nd Street Y
Jonathan Wahl, director of the jewelry and metalsmithing program in the 92nd St Y's School of the Arts helps a student in the silversmithing class.

Jonathan Wahl, director of the jewelry and metalsmithing program in the 92nd St Y's School of the Arts helps a student in the silversmithing class.

The 92nd Street Y was founded in 1874 and its School of the Arts, which began in 1930, has been a seminal part of New York’s craft education for decades, even training artists under the GI Bill. The 92nd St Y classes and workshops are taught by professional artists - such as Jonathan Wahl, Director of the Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department and Bobby Silverman, Director of the Ceramic Center - and are available for all age groups and all levels, from children to senior adults, from hobbyists to accomplished artists who come to learn new skills.

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Dave & Roberta Williamson
Dave and Roberta Williamson in their studio

Dave and Roberta Williamson in their studio

Dave and Roberta Williamson are jewelers who live in Berea, Ohio. The Williamsons create jewelry that combines ephemera and found objects, some of which has been passed down in their families, and others found at the many flea markets and antique shows they frequent.  Working as true partners in the process, Dave brings the technical skills that complement Roberta's creative combinations of art and design. Part of their own lives goes into each of these talismans and the story they tell is interpreted and re-invented by the wearer. Through classes they teach locally, students are encouraged to "find their own stories" and build a piece of jewelry that captures and envelops an emotional moment or memory dear to their own lives.

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Cary Esser
Cary Esser teaching a student at the Kansas City Art Institute

Cary Esser teaching a student at the Kansas City Art Institute

Cary Esser is a ceramic artist who works in Kansas City, Missouri. She creates architectural tiles and terra cotta details using the language of architectural ornament to interpret human culture and the natural world. Esser received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work can be found in the collections of the Archie Bray Foundation and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, among others.

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Nikki Lewis
Nikki Lewis, 2005

Nikki Lewis, 2005

Nikki Lewis is a ceramic artist who works in Los Angeles, California. “I like to get dirty,” she says, explaining her long-standing love for making all things clay. She throws exquisite delicate functional work that feature intricate handles, fluted lips, and painterly glazes. Nikki teaches at the Cahuenga School of Pottery, Oakwood School, and is a lecturer at California State University Northridge, California State University Los Angeles, and Mt. San Antonio College; she received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Kansas City Art Institute
Ceramic students at Kansas City Art Institute

Ceramic students at Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City Art Institute is a four year college of arts and design in Kansas City, Missouri. KCAI offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in which a comprehensive liberal arts program is complemented, in 14 programs including ceramics, fiber, and printmaking. Ken Ferguson served as the chairman of the ceramics department from 1964 to 1996. Many prominent and influential figures in contemporary ceramic arts have graduated from the ceramics program.

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North Bennet Street School
David, a student in the Violin making program at North Bennet Street School, works on his cello

David, a student in the Violin making program at North Bennet Street School, works on his cello

North Bennet Street School has been training people for employment in the crafts since 1885. NBSS is unique in training students for careers in areas as diverse as bookbinding, cabinet and furniture making, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing, piano technology, preservation carpentry, and violin making and repair – all traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology.

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Julie Chen
Julie Chen working in her studio, 2002

Julie Chen working in her studio, 2002

Julie Chen is a Book Artist who lives in Berkeley, CA. After completing a degree in printmaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Chen became intrigued by the language, equipment, and materials of Book Arts and entered the Book Arts program at Mills College. Book Arts encompass binding, letterpress, printing and printmaking, combined with three-dimensional art. The finished products are unique three-dimensional pieces of art that include text.

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Tom Killion
Tom Killion, 2002

Tom Killion, 2002

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood. He is influenced by the Japanese artists, Hokusai and Hiroshige, and using Japanese carving tools, he creates wood and linoleum block prints of landscape images he has first sketched on site

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forge

Harley Refsal
Susan Garson
Veronica Castillo
Garcia Art Glass
Kathleen Trenchard
Grove Park Inn
Biltmore House
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez

forge

Chloe Darke
Tom Pullin
Albert Paley

threads

Tanya Aguiñiga
Lia Cook
Clary Illian
Warren MacKenzie
Jeff Oestreich

threads

Terese Agnew
Randall Darwall
Faith Ringgold
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

messages

Cliff Lee
Holly Lee
Paul Marioni
Dante Marioni
Marina Marioni
Ed Moulthrop
Philip Moulthrop
Matt Moulthrop
Lisa Sorrell

messages

Charles M. Carrillo
Beth Lipman
Thomas Mann 
Joyce J. Scott

process

92nd St Y 
Dave & Roberta Williamson 
Cary Esser 
Nikki Lewis 
Kansas City Art Institute 
North Bennet Street School 
Julie Chen 
Tom Killion

origins

Philip Simmons 
Jugtown Pottery 
Mark Hewitt 
Teri Greeves 
Jim Bassler 
Paul Stankard 
Vernon Owens 
Pam Owens 
Travis Owens

community

Jamex and Einar de la Torre
Sarah Jaeger
Ken Loeber
Dona Look
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Pilchuck Glass School
Hystercine Rankin
Denise and Samuel Wallace

landscape

Jan Yager
Kit Carson
David Gurney
George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Richard Notkin
Timberline Lodge

memory

Garry Knox Bennett
Pat Courtney Gold
Mary Jackson
Tom Joyce
Sam Maloof
Cranbrook Academy of Art

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