Craft is all around us, giving pleasure as well as serving a function. It is inspirational as well as useful. It is the best representation of who we are as a culture. Craft is democratic -- broad enough to accommodate anyone who makes something or appreciates the handmade. In short, craft is us.

Our mission is to document and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media, accessible to all. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.

Carol Sauvion, Executive Director, Craft In America, Inc.


CRAFT IN AMERICA, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to promote and advance original handcrafted work, through educational programs in all media. The CRAFT IN AMERICA multi-faceted project includes a TV Documentary Series, Exhibition, Illustrated book and Craft in America Center. For additional information on CRAFT IN AMERICA and to find out more about up-coming projects please contact us.



Yvonne Bell
Bell is the Director of Development at Center Theatre Group. Before Center Theatre Group, she led successful fundraising campaigns for local cultural institutions including The Museum of Contemporary Art and the California Science Center. In addition to raising millions of dollars to operate and endow major cultural institutions in our community, Bell has maintained a steadfast commitment to cultivating the next generation of non-profit managers.

Carolyn Benesh
Carolyn is coeditor and copublisher of Ornament Magazine, printed five times a year. Originally started as The Bead Journal, the magazine increased its focus to contemporary, ethnographic, and ancient personal adornment in 1979. She has written and edited articles on craft, lectured at museums and conferences, and served as a juror at major craft shows. She has also studied the modern craft movement.

Corinna Cotsen, Secretary
Fundraiser, artist, architect and collector
Board of Trustees, Craft and Folk Art Museum

Susan A Grode, President
Partner and Co-Chair of Entertainment & Media Practice
Susan concentrates her law practice in entertainment, intellectual property, media licensing and merchandising law, counseling and representing domestic and international motion picture studios, film and television production and distribution companies and entrepreneurs, Video on Demand companies, digital and interactive game companies and distributors, as well as book and comic book publishing, toy and Internet content companies and theater and arts institutions. Ms. Grode is recognized as one of the leading authorities on domestic and international animation, having represented major motion picture and animation studios and creators of "The Simpsons," "Futurama," and "SpongeBob," among many others.

Lloyd Herman
During his 25 year employment at the Smithsonian Institution, Lloyd Herman was the founding Director of the national craft museum of the US, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, from 1971-1986. He has continued to curate exhibitions on craft and design topics, lectured on American crafts and juried numerous art competitions. In recent years he has led craft tours in other countries and lectures regularly on contemporary glass art for Road Scholar programs in Seattle.

Lois Jecklin
Since 2005, Lois Jecklin has been personal manager for composer/conductor Bright Sheng, whom she represented as part of her roster while president and owner of Jecklin Associates, an artist management and representation firm doing business worldwide from 1988 to 2004. From 1990 to 2004, she also served as assistant to the director of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, New York City, placing the winners of their international competition with presenting organizations throughout the U.S. In 1973, at the invitation of Deere & Co. and the Quad City Arts Council, she helped to found Visiting Artists Inc., an Iowa/Illinois multidisciplinary arts presenting organization, and served as its' President and CEO until 1988.

Beverly Maloof
Beverly is a craft admirer and collector. One of Sam Maloof's earliest clients, she was married to Sam in July 2001 until his death in May 2009. She was a Real Estate Broker and owner of a residential real estate brokerage for 24 years. She has been on many boards of trustees, including the Sam & Alfred Maloof Foundation for the Arts & Crafts, the Botanic Garden Advisory Board, and the Textile Museum Advisory Council.

Jane Milosch
In April 2008, Jane Milosch, curator at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, was appointed to the acting position of Senior Program Officer for the Arts, in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture (OUSHAC), Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., to work with Under Secretary Richard Kurin on pan-Institutional art programs and initiatives. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Munich, Germany, where she has also worked as a managing editor for Prestel art books. Milosch began her museum career in 1990 at the Detroit Institute of the Arts in the Department of 20th-century Art.

Steven Poster, ASC
Steven is a cinematographer with over fifty film credits including Donnie Darko, Stuart Little 2 and The Box. He is also a photographer. He is the President of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 of the I.A.T.S.E., a 6000-member national labor organization. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, a judge on its Nicholl Foundation Fellowship, and on its Public Presentation Committee. He is a past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the oldest professional organization in the motion picture business, and was on the Board of the International Documentary Association.

Susan Koblin Schear, Treasurer
Susan is an educator, speaker, consultant, and leader. She founded the company, ARTISIN®, LLC, in 1995 to offer comprehensive business development and management services for the arts and culture. An active board trustee, Ms. Schear is the treasurer and an involved committees’ member of CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund). She serves on several committees including chair of the steering committee for the Arts and Business Council of New York (ABC/NY), National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) New York. She is also a member of several cultural and business-networking organizations.

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Cathleen Collins
Consultant to Craft in America, attorney, fundraiser
- Former President of the Board of Trustees, Wildwood School
- Trustee, Foundation of the State Bar of California

Lani Duke
- Former arts administrator- NEA, CA Confederation of the Arts, J. Paul Getty Trust
- Founding director of the Getty Education Institute for the Arts
- Directed LA Times' Reading by 9 child literacy initiative
- Trustee of American Craft Council

Pat Courtney Gold
- Fiber artist and basket maker
- Wasco Nation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, OR
- NEA Heritage Fellowship, 2007

Steven L. Grafe, Ph.D.
Curator, Maryhill Museum of Art

Karin Higa
- Senior Curator of Art at JANM

Eudorah Moore
- Former Director of the California Design Exhibitions
- Former Craft Administrator for the National Endowment for the Arts
- Former Design Curator for the Pasadena Museum of Art

Ann Ruhr Pifer
owner of The Grand Hand Gallery

Cynthia Sears
-Board Member, Bainbridge Island Community Endowment
-Vice President, Port Townsend Film Festival
-Founder and Chairman, Island Treasure Award Program
-Consultant, Local non-profit Arts and Humanities Organizations

Hidde Van Duym, Ph.D.
Arts administrator and consultant


Carol Sauvion, Executive Director
Carol is the creator and Executive Producer of Craft in America, the documentary series celebrating American craft and the artists who bring it to life. She is also the Executive Director of the Craft in America non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and advance original handcrafted work through educational programs in all media. Craft is Sauvion’s lifelong passion. For the past thirty years she has been the director of Freehand, her Los Angeles gallery specializing in functional craft.

Patricia Bischetti, Producer
Patricia has produced and supervised productions for networks including PBS, Discovery, TBS, TCM, CNN, National Geographic, Lifetime and Showtime. Projects include the Craft in America series, The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, Participant Productions' The World According to Sesame Street, Discovery's Black Sky: The Race for Space, CNN's Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade and Emmy-nominated Dying to Tell the Story, TCM's Emmy-nominated Cary Grant: A Class Apart and American Masters documentaries Gene Kelly, George Cukor, and Bob Newhart. As Executive Producer at Big Buddha Baba Productions, she produced interactive media and experience design projects and brought those skills to the re-design of the Craft in America website and creation of the new Study Center.

Rosey Guthrie, Producer
Rosey has had a diverse twenty-year background in media production, distribution and outreach. As V. P. of First Light Video Publishing from 1988 to 1996, she created marketing and distribution plans for a catalog of over two hundred educational films, serving as Associate Producer on over fifteen of these productions. From 1997 to 2003 she was V. P. of Panavision Remote Systems. In 2003 she returned to filmmaking as Producer on "Breaking the Maya Code" which aired on PBS/NOVA. As Associate Producer of Craft in America, Rosey has worked on development, fundraising, production and outreach of the various projects, including the documentary series, Study Center and exhibitions.

Denise Kang, Associate Producer
Denise has worked on every aspect of the Craft in America project since she joined the organization in 2006. Denise maintains the website, is the IT department, works on many aspects of the production and is in charge of all the archives.

Judy Hing, Controller
Judy comes to the Craft in America project with over a decade of experience in gallery administration and accounting, with a great understanding of craft, and with relationships with hundreds of craft artists. An accomplished jewelry artist herself, she brings a special precision to her work in production accounting.

Emily-Rose Wagner, Assistant Editor
Emily-Rose is a graduate of Hampshire College and currently works as a video artist and photographer in Los Angeles. Emily-Rose's video work has been featured on ITVS Television, at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, Actual Size Gallery, as well as the Echo Park Film Center. In 2008, Emily-Rose directed, filmed, and produced "Home", a documentary about the importance of the public library to the homeless community in Downtown Los Angeles. "Home" received the "Best Short" award at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. In addition to continuing her personal artistic endeavors, Emily-Rose operates as the Assistant Editor and Production Assistant for Craft in America.

Beverly Feldman, Production Coordinator

Emily Zaiden Center Director
Before coming to Craft in America, Emily was a research editor for Architectural Digest and she has consulted for private collectors and institutions focusing on post-1850 decorative arts, material culture, architecture and design. After completing her graduate studies at the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, she became Research Associate to the Decorative Arts department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has published articles, contributed to exhibition catalogues, and lectured on both American and International decorative arts topics.

Steve Fenton, Founding Creative Director (2001-2010)
For more than 30 years, Steve Fenton worked in the advertising and marketing communications industry. In 2001, Steve became creative director for the Craft in America project. He was instrumental in developing the program’s treatment, and identifying the themes and content of the series. Steve also wrote the text for the website and co-authored the companion book entitled Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects. Steve passed away on August 12, 2010 and will be missed.



Major funding for Craft In America was generously provided by:
Lillian & Jon Lovelace
LL Brownrigg
Cynthia Lovelace Sears & Frank Buxton
Helen & Peter Bing
Stolaroff Foundation
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation
Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation





Craft In America thanks its many partners.





The SERVICE episode – which documents craft in the military and the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate, and heal - premieres on PBS starting November 2, 2014. Check your local listings for broadcast times on PBS and PBS HD. Or bring the DVD home. All episodes can be viewed on PBS.org or on the PBS iphone/ipad app.


Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists & Objects - A Random House Publication available through your local bookseller or online at amazon.com or barnes&noble.com. The first book of its kind, with 320 pages and over 400 color photographs. Meet the Writers and Learn More.

Craft in America brings artists and objects to your computer and to museums across the country. To explore hundreds of handmade objects in the Virtual Exhibition, visit the Exhibition page to find out more about museum exhibitions like the Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985, that ran from Sept 25, 2011 to January 8, 2012.


If you're a teacher, craft should be part of your program. Download lesson plans that can educate, involve, and inform students about how craft plays a role in their lives. Visit the Educators Area


Here, in one place, you’ll find extensive archives – over a thousand books and hundreds of instructional videos – for serious research or casual study. Plus scores of objects featured in the Craft in America documentaries.
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