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Season Five continues the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft with the premiere of the Forge episode on October 25, 2013, Holiday on December 20, 2013, and Industry on May 2, 2014.

Through their own words, craft artists reveal what makes their work – and the lives they lead – unique. Learn more about the artists featured in the episodes below. 

View the programs on the PBS iPhone/iPad app, online at video.pbs.org, or purchase DVDs of the Peabody Award-winning series for your home library.


Watch human hands transform humble materials into works of function and beauty. 

Albert Paley, Menorah

Albert Paley, Menorah

Harley Refsal, Haugbui

Harley Refsal, Haugbui

Shane Yamane, 18K gold rings

Shane Yamane, 18K gold rings

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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.
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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.
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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.

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Turned bowls by Ed, Philip, Matt Moulthrop

Turned bowls by Ed, Philip, Matt Moulthrop

Randall Darwall, Woven Scarf

Randall Darwall, Woven Scarf

Jeff Oestreich, Altered Pitcher

Jeff Oestreich, Altered Pitcher

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thomas Mann, Container Heart Pin

Thomas Mann, Container Heart Pin

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

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

Mark Hewitt, Vase, 2002

Mark Hewitt, Vase, 2002

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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.
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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.  
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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.
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Preston Singletary, Killer Whale Hat

Preston Singletary, Killer Whale Hat, 2004

Richard Notkin, Cube Skull Teapot

Richard Notkin, Cube Skull Teapot (Variation #23), Yixing Series, 2000

Sam Maloof, Double Rocker

Sam Maloof, Double Rocker, 2006

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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.
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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.
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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.
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