Carol Sauvion, Executive Director & Director
Carol is the creator, Executive Producer and Director 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, Executive Producer
Patricia has produced the Craft in America series since its beginning in 2007. She has produced and supervised documentaries for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, TBS, TNT, TCM, CNN, Lifetime, Starz, and Showtime. Her work includes the Emmy Award-winning American Masters Mel Brooks Make a Noise, American Experience Last Days in Vietnam featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Peabody Award-winning Black Sky: The Race for Space, Code Black winner of the LA Film Festival, and PBS primetime series Tavis Smiley Reports. 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 Craft in America Center.
Rosey Guthrie, Producer & Director
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 Producer of Craft in America, Rosey has worked on development, fundraising, production and outreach of the various projects, including the documentary series, the Craft in America 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, goes on the road during filming and is in charge of all the archives. In her free time, Denise enjoys making pottery.
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.
Beverly Feldman, Promotion & Production Coordinator
Beverly Feldman has worked in the arts for over 20 years. She was Gallery Director at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in L.A., including for photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. As head of the in-house publicity effort for Craft in America, she has achieved the holy grail of both NY Times and LA Times listings with color photographs of artist Joyce J. Scott. Feldman coordinates all outreach, press and promotion efforts.
Emily Zaiden, Craft in America Center Director & Curator
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.
Brenda Cruz, Craft in America Center Coordinator
Brenda Cruz is a working artist and art educator. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a B.A. in Art and minors in Latin American and Iberian Studies. Cruz enjoys working with and learning about design elements, in particular those influenced and related to Latin American textiles. As Education Outreach Coordinator at the Craft in America Center, Cruz collaborates with schools in order to provide students with unique craft experiences. Cruz also works with students from the greater Los Angeles Area in order to make a positive impact through art and other subjects such as Math, Science, and Language Arts.