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.
Before I am an artist I am a craftsman… My work is about intersecting experiences and the rediscovery and shaping of relics into new forms as a way of self-questioning. Many things can exist as relics. In my vocabulary... MORE »
Sandy Simon is a studio potter and in 1994 opened TRAX Gallery in Berkeley, CA to provide greater representation for ceramicists dedicated to utility. Simon keeps her forms minimal, thus highlighting the landscape of a form, the detailed addition... MORE »
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 »
Taweesak Molsawat is an instructor of Industrial Design and Jewelry/Metalsmith at King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He is a former Assistant Professor of the Jewelry/Metals program at San Diego State University, San Diego, California. He holds... 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
Richard Notkin (b. 1948 in Chicago, IL) is a ceramic artist who works in Helena, MT. Influenced by the tradition of Yixing pottery, his work is a vehicle for political commentary. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art... 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 »
Carmen Tapia, designer, preserves and refines her family’s tradition of fabricating jewelry in metals and stones. Carmen has won numerous prizes in significant jewelry design competitions in Mexico and the U.S., her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums,... MORE »
Janel Jacobson (b. 1950) is a wood carver, whose inspiration comes from nature. The material of choice has changed, but the thoughtful observation of the setting and detail of her subjects has been a key interest to the vitality... MORE »