There’s a rich heritage of craft in this country that reflects our spirit, history, and creative spark. Generation after generation, craft has been reinvented by talented artists who examine, interpret, and execute their ideas. Some materials of choice have been around for millennia. Others are being used in objects for the first time. In a real sense, discovery is a shared experience between creator and observer.
Find out more about artists featured in our episodes, and explore their rich craft.
Yumei Hou is a sculptor and renowned master of the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting. Hou has dedicated decades to learning, perfecting, and passing on the art of paper cutting in China and the United States. Her talent... MORE »
Arline Fisch (b. 1931 in Brooklyn, NY) incorporates different materials and textile processes by knitting, plaiting, and weaving, in order to create her jewelry. She creates collars, pectorals, and head ornaments in a larger than usual scale. Fisch’s work... MORE »
Mary Little is an Irish-born artist that lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles. She began her career after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London as an avant-garde furniture maker–working in one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. In... MORE »
Pamela Weir-Quiton is a Los Angeles artist with more than fifty years of woodworking under her tool belt. As a young art student at CSUN with a knack for fashion design, Weir-Quiton initially explored ceramics and photography but was soon... MORE »
Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, the John C. Campbell Folk School offers week long and weekend courses in traditional craft, fine art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, storytelling and writing. Founded in 1925, the... MORE »
Stanley Lechtzin (b. 1936) is a jewelry artist who uses the electroforming process, which allows him to create wearable, large scale, lightweight jewelry. This process also allows for the combination of materials that were previously difficult or impossible to... MORE »
Jack Lenor Larsen is a textile designer, and an author/collector/ promoter of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship in all its forms. The “Larsen Look” (colors, materials, and weaves that are synonymous with modern 20th century design) was begun with his... MORE »
Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, botanist and anthropologist, is the Director of the Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca, México, established in 1993 with the help of artist Francisco Toledo. This unique museum tells the history of the plants and people of... MORE »
Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc. is a community arts center in East Los Angeles, California. Formed during the cultural renaissance that accompanied the Chicano Movement, Self Help Graphics, was one of the primary centers that incubated the nascent Chicano... MORE »
Pewabic has been a beacon for artists since 1905, producing museum quality ceramics in Detroit for over 100 years. Long honored for its museum quality ceramics with a unique iridescent glaze, Pewabic is now one of only two active... MORE »