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.
Dale Chihuly (b. 1941, Tacoma, WA) is a glassblower, who resides in Seattle, Washington. Exploring color and form in his work, he is known for his organic, large scale installations and multi-part compositions. He studied interior design at the... MORE »
Gail Kendall is a ceramic artist whose work is influenced by European earthenware pottery and porcelain traditions from the 13th through 18th centuries. Kendall is an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. www.gailkendall.com
Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a Mexican ceramic artist from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, a Zapotec town famous for producing barro negro, polished black pottery. Carlomagno comes from a long line of ceramic artists and as a young child,... MORE »
Mark Hewitt is a potter, who was born in England. Although his father and grandfather were the directors of Spode, a fine china manufacturing company, he decided to become a studio potter instead of an industry manager. He received... MORE »
Jamex de la Torre (b. 1960 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is a sculptor who primarily works in glass with his brother, Einar de la Torre (b. 1963 in Guadalajara, Mexico). The brothers moved to California in 1972 and graduated from... MORE »
Warren MacKenzie (b. 1924) is one of America’s greatest living potters and an inspiration to younger generations. Having apprenticed at the Leach Pottery in 1952, MacKenzie brought the Mingei aesthetic to the St. Croix Valley where it took root... MORE »
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Company. During his youth, his main interest was painting. Tiffany studied under the American painters George Inness and Samuel Colman, as well as studying... MORE »
Randy Stromsoe, at the age of 19 was classically trained by silversmith, Porter Blanchard. Stromsoe has been designing and hand crafting fine tableware for most of his adult life. He has created presentation pieces for the U.S. State Department,... MORE »
Helena Hernmarck (b. 1941 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a textile artist and weaver who specializes in large-scale public tapestries. She uses spun and dyed yarns from Sweden and Swedish looms. Hernmarck received her education at the Stockholm College of... MORE »