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Cliff Lee, Lotus with Flower

Tradition and invention are the center of the Lee household in rural Pennsylvania, where ceramicist Cliff Lee and metal artist Holly Lee live and work together in their 18th century Dutch farmhouse. Once a successful neurosurgeon, Cliff now creates intricate porcelain vessels, combining traditional Chinese techniques with his own innovative methods. Through scientific research and experimentation, he rediscovered glaze recipes that date back hundreds of years. Holly has an abiding respect for nature, as evidenced in her jewelry. She often drills or pierces the metal to create a sense of light passing through space. The Lees have two sons who grew up playing in their parents’ studios, learning the hard work it takes to succeed as a self-employed artist.

Lisa Sorrell, I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart

Oklahoma’s Lisa Sorrell is one of a very few women who design and sew custom cowboy boots today. Following her passion and defying parental expectations, she established her place in a male-dominated field. Inspired by the rich history of the American West, she creates vibrantly colored and exquisitely crafted boots that are true works of leather art. Lisa’s two teenage daughters have decided to follow in their mother’s footsteps and are each becoming artists in their own right.


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Craft In America Educational Materials look further at Family as a concept in craft. Visit the EDUCATION section HERE > to see what's available and download a Lesson Guide.

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We filmed artist Philip & Matt Moulthrop for the FAMILY episode. Learn more about the series HERE >

tv series Learn more about the artists in the FAMILY episode HERE >

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