Craft in America: Teachers

Craft in America

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Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 15 at 8/7c

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CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series, is an inspirational journey to the artists, objects, techniques and origins of American craft. "Teachers" highlights the renowned individuals who are equally committed to their own artistic visions and to sharing their skills and passion for craft with students and artists of all ages.

Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and her sister, Lynda Teller Pete, learned the craft of weaving by observing family. Join the Teller sisters as they teach at Idyllwild Arts Native American Arts program and outdoors amidst the natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly, Ariz., the ancestral home of the Navajo people, where weaving is a way of life.

In Hawaii, artist Mark Mitsuda introduces professional glass forming techniques to his students at Punahou School. Watch as Mitsuda makes objects of utility, which he finds carry tremendous meaning for his students in the process of learning.

Enthusiasm for teaching art and glass blowing is also strong in Omaha, Nebraska, where Therman Statom has started programs for underserved inner-city students and at-risk youth. He states, "I think teaching is the highest form of advocacy in terms of influencing the world or having the chance to be a part of something that you can change."

At Alfred University's School of Art and Design in New York, artists can both hone their craft and become accredited teachers. Professor and ceramics artist Linda Sikora describes the program: "We teach many disciplines alongside what might be more strictly categorized as craft. This is deliberate and allows our students to become broad thinking in terms of visual and material culture regardless of how they specialize." | Official Website

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