FEATURED IN PROCESS EPISODE
PROCESS: 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, and printmaker Tom Killion.
92ND ST Y
JONATHAN WAHL, DIRECTOR OF THE JEWELRY AND METALSMITHING PROGRAM IN THE 92ND ST Y'S SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HELPS A STUDENT IN THE SILVERSMITHING CLASS.
The 92nd Street Y was founded in 1874 and its School of the Arts, which began in 1930, has been a seminal part of New York’s craft education for decades, even training artists under the GI Bill. The 92nd St Y classes and workshops are taught by professional artists - such as Jonathan Wahl, Director of the Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department and Bobby Silverman, Director of the Ceramic Center - and are available for all age groups and all levels, from children to senior adults, from hobbyists to accomplished artists who come to learn new skills.
JULIE CHEN WORKING IN HER STUDIO, 2002
Julie Chen is a Book Artist who lives in Berkeley, CA. After completing a degree in printmaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Chen became intrigued by the language, equipment, and materials of Book Arts and entered the Book Arts program at Mills College. Book Arts encompass binding, letterpress, printing and printmaking, combined with three-dimensional art. The finished products are unique three-dimensional pieces of art that include text.
CARY ESSER TEACHING A STUDENT AT THE KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE
Cary Esser is a ceramic artist who works in Kansas City, Missouri. She creates architectural tiles and terra cotta details using the language of architectural ornament to interpret human culture and the natural world. Esser received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work can be found in the collections of the Archie Bray Foundation and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, among others.
KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE
CERAMIC STUDENTS AT KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE
Kansas City Art Institute is a four year college of arts and design in Kansas City, Missouri. KCAI offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in which a comprehensive liberal arts program is complemented, in 14 programs including ceramics, fiber, and printmaking. Ken Ferguson served as the chairman of the ceramics department from 1964 to 1996. Many prominent and influential figures in contemporary ceramic arts have graduated from the ceramics program.
TOM KILLION, 2002
Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood. He is influenced by the Japanese artists, Hokusai and Hiroshige, and using Japanese carving tools, he creates wood and linoleum block prints of landscape images he has first sketched on site
NIKKI LEWIS, 2005
Nikki Lewis is a ceramic artist who works in Los Angeles, California. “I like to get dirty,” she says, explaining her long-standing love for making all things clay. She throws exquisite delicate functional work that feature intricate handles, fluted lips, and painterly glazes. Nikki teaches at the Cahuenga School of Pottery, Oakwood School, and is a lecturer at California State University Northridge, California State University Los Angeles, and Mt. San Antonio College; she received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
NORTH BENNET STREET SCHOOL
A STUDENT IN THE VIOLIN MAKING PROGRAM AT NORTH BENNET STREET SCHOOL
North Bennet Street School has been training people for employment in the crafts since 1885. NBSS is unique in training students for careers in areas as diverse as bookbinding, cabinet and furniture making, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing, piano technology, preservation carpentry, and violin making and repair – all traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology.
DAVE & ROBERTA WILLIAMSON
DAVE AND ROBERTA WILLIAMSON IN THEIR STUDIO
Dave and Roberta Williamson are jewelers who live in Berea, Ohio. The Williamsons create jewelry that combines ephemera and found objects, some of which has been passed down in their families, and others found at the many flea markets and antique shows they frequent. Working as true partners in the process, Dave brings the technical skills that complement Roberta's creative combinations of art and design. Part of their own lives goes into each of these talismans and the story they tell is interpreted and re-invented by the wearer. Through classes they teach locally, students are encouraged to "find their own stories" and build a piece of jewelry that captures and envelops an emotional moment or memory dear to their own lives.