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.
Glen Guarino’s love for working with wood began when he was nine years old after visiting his uncle in England. His functional sculpture lives in the shared space where the values of aesthetics and function join to make a... MORE »
Dona Look is a basket maker who works in Algoma, WI, where she lives with her husband, Ken Loeber and their son, Reid. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1970. She collects bark from the region’s... MORE »
Timberline Lodge was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 in Northern Oregon. It was dedicated in September 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he declared it a venture made possible by the WPA to represent new... MORE »
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC) is a volunteer grant-making organization dedicated to advancing the Smithsonian mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. The SWC produces two annual signature events, the Smithsonian Craft Show (April) and the Craft2Wear (October), which serve to promote fine American craft... MORE »
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads is a local arts agency located in Port Gibson, MS. Mississippi Cultural Crossroads is a performing arts center, and has been involved in documenting the culture of the community for over 25 years, providing summer and... MORE »
Scotty Barnhart is a jazz trumpeter featured in the MUSIC episode. In the episode, Barnhart works with David Monette to create a custom decorated trumpet. Barnhart is a trumpeter, composer, educator, author, and after 20 years with The Count Basie Orchestra, was... MORE »
Denise Wallace is a jewelry artist of Native Alaskan Aleut descent, who worked with her husband, Samuel Wallace (1936-2010). She maintains and modifies a walrus-ivory carving tradition. Wallace is most well known for her elaborate belts which depict people,... MORE »
Robyn Horn (b. 1951) is a wood sculptor who works in Arkansas. Her career as a wood artist began in 1983 when her brother-in-law returned from a lathe-turning workshop at the Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg,... MORE »
Richard Mawdsley (b. 1945) is a metalsmith. He is most well known for his intricately designed and meticulously fabricated objects and jewelry created with precious metal tubing, metals and stones. His work is influenced by old machinery and mechanical... MORE »
Tatana Kellner is a visual artist with over 20 solo exhibitions in USA and Canada. Her practice encompasses artist’s books, printmaking, papermaking, drawing, photography and installation. She uses these media to comment on contemporary culture. Tatana’s work has been... MORE »