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Craft in America

FEATURED IN HARMONY EPISODE

HARMONY bridges the art forms of music and craft, celebrating the joy of music and the creation of handcrafted instruments. 

Featuring accordion maker Marc Savoy and the Savoy family, bow maker Susan Lipkins, luthier Doug Naselroad and the Appalachian Artisan Center Culture of Recovery Program, and artist Richard Jolley, whose monumental glass sculpture inspired a violin concerto.

Streaming starting Nov 4 on PBS Video App, craftinamerica.org, pbs.org/craftinamerica. 

PBS broadcast premiere Dec 10 (check local listings)

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MARC AND ANN SAVOY

Marc Savoy is a master accordion maker and Ann Savoy is a musician, writer, and photographer. Marc and Ann play together in the Savoy-Doucet Band, and they frequently collaborate with three of their four children as The Savoy Family Band. The Savoys are part of a long tradition of artisans and musicians who keep the legacy of Cajun culture alive. Marc is adamant that what is unique about Cajun culture must be preserved.

SUSAN LIPKINS

Susan Lipkinsisa highly respectedbowmaker who specializes in bass bows. Her handcrafted, made-to-order bows now have a waiting list of ten years, as she only completes ten bows in a year. Lipkins’ expertise earned her a Gold Medal at the Violin Society of America’s 2012 competition – the first and so far only woman to be so honored. Although she studied the bass, she gravitated toward bow making and apprenticed under some of the best bow makers in the world. She takes particular pride in addressing the concerns of the musicians who will use her bows. 

DOUG NASELROAD

Doug Naselroad is the founder of the Appalachian School of Luthiery, Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co., and a master luthier who specializes in the mountain dulcimer and has been making stringed instruments since 1969. After opening Naselroad Guitars in Mt. Sterling, KY in 1979, Doug developed a signature line of stringed instruments and door harps that have been sold around the world. In 2012, Doug was selected as the Appalachian Artisan Center’s Master Artist in woodworking, and he founded the Appalachian School of Luthiery located on Main Street in Hindman, KY, where he leads the Culture of Recovery Program, an apprenticeship for those recovering from opioid addiction. 

RICHARD JOLLEY

With a career that spans over 40 years, Richard Jolley is one of today’s most accomplished glass sculptors. His figurative work uses organic forms to explore the breadth of the human experience; from the body to nature to science. Jolley's monumental glass and steel masterwork, Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity,on view at the Knoxville Art Museum,inspired the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to commission a violin concerto, uniting music with visual art.

KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OF ART

Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art opened in 1990 and celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, exploring the region’s artistic affinities with international art. Its mission states that it “presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, enhances Knoxville’s quality of life, and operates ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a public trust.” 

KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has a mission to develop and sustain a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standards and to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance and education programs.