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In San Antonio, Texas, the colorful, creative Mexican influence is particularly evident at Christmas when the city sparkles with 150,000 lights on the River Walk. Follow hundreds of people in the Gran Posada procession as they sing and light candles, walking through the downtown streets, uniting the community through story and song.

Garcia Art Glass was founded by Gini Garcia in 1998 and is now a family-run hot glass design and fabrication studio that specializes in one‐of‐a‐kind blown glass lighting and sculpture. Designs range from functional to the whimsical and are made to client specification. Master Glassblowers Gerardo Muñoz and Dora Garcia coax molten glass into cheerful ornaments.

Dora Garcia assists Gerardo Munoz at Garcia Art Glass.

Dora Garcia assists Gerardo Muñoz at Garcia Art Glass.

Ceramic artist Veronica Castillo has taught over 200 women of the Casita de MujerArtes Cooperativa in San Antonio, TX to shape clay by hand since 1994. Castillo crafts exquisitely detailed, brightly colored folk art objects using centuries‐old methods and symbols. She is a member of the honored Castillo Orta folk art family of Izucar de Matamoros in Puebla, Mexico, renowned for its tree of life candelabras. Politically aware and active, she incorporates many current social issues into her tree of life sculptures. Build your own tree of life with Veronica Castillo.

Veronica and Patricia Castillo make a traditional Navidad Tree of Life, Mark Markley photograph

Veronica and Patricia Castillo make a traditional Navidad Tree of Life, Mark Markley photograph

Isabel and Enrique Sánchez have been active in the Chicano pride movement which started in San Antonio in the late 1960s. They continue to pass on family traditions and culture to their children and grandchildren. They are parents to Graciela Sánchez, Director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas. Every Christmas, they hand make tamales with their family to celebrate Navidad.

Isabel and Enrique Sanchez

Isabel and Enrique Sánchez

Kathleen Trenchard has researched and worked in traditional Mexican papel picado (punched paper) ever since the early 1990s when she was introduced to the technique in Huixcolotalsa, Mexico. Her work explores contemporary designs, applications and materials suitable for cut work using hammer and chisel. Trenchard has had many solo and group exhibits and teaches design, painting, drawing and art appreciation in and around San Antonio, TX. Watch Kathleen Trenchard demonstrate how to decorate the holidays with luminarias.

Kathleen Trenchard

Kathleen Trenchard in her studio, Mark Markley photograph

Craft in America: Holiday embraces traditions, both familiar and new – all part of our American experience with the handmade.

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Craft In America Educational Materials look further at Holiday 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 Chloe Darke for the FORGE episode. Learn more about the series HERE >

ArtistsLearn more about the artists in the HOLIDAY episode HERE >


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