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.
For renowned composer/musician Tony Ellis (Circleville, OH) who comes out of Bluegrass and Old Time music, a Stelling banjo is his choice. Named a “Pioneer of Bluegrass Music” by the International Bluegrass Music Museum, his experimental compositions have paired... MORE »
K. Lee Manuel (1936-2003) was a fiber artist who is most well known for her leather work, suede garments, and painted feather collars. She was a California native, who made Santa Cruz her home and studio. She studied at... MORE »
For millennia, numerous cultures have used the ceramic medium to record their existence. From these artifacts, we can form an understanding and various interpretations of the cultural paradigms, socio political practices, mythologies, and the human experience of the worlds... MORE »
Neda Al Hilali is a Czech-born, Los Angles-based artist who was one of the leading female artists working in large-scale three-dimensional fiber in the 1970s. She adopted processes that had traditional origins in the domestic realm, including crochet and... MORE »
William Morris joined Dale Chihuly as a gaffer in his glass-blowing enterprise at Pilchuck Glass School in the late 1970s and soon became Chihuly’s chief assistant. Morris’s relationship with Pilchuck continues to this day. As Morris developed his most... MORE »
Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) was a ceramist most known for his abstract expressionist sculptures. He received his BS from the Montana State College, Bozeman and received his MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College... MORE »
Christine Stankard Kressley is a glass artist who resides in Southern New Jersey. Under the mastery of international studio glass artist, Paul J. Stankard, Christine creates glass paperweights, continuing the American Paperweight tradition. Growing up in the Stankard home,... MORE »
Janet Lipkin (b. 1948) is a textile artist in Northern California. She helped define wearable art in the 1970s and is one of the founders of the Artwear movement. She graduated from Pratt Institute with Jean Cacicedo. At the... MORE »
Joy Stocksdale received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. As a result of studies at Goldsmith’s College, University of London in 1979, she developed polychromatic screen printing. Her printed silk garments, hangings, and... MORE »
Coming from a background in ceramic, fashion jewelry, and metals, Kathleen Browne’s jewelry often uses photography and its manipulation to provide commentary, sometimes with humor, about the human condition. Kathleen Browne has headed the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling department at Kent State... MORE »