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.
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 »
Thomas Mann is an artist who works in the medium of jewelry and sculpture. The primary design vocabulary which he employs in the making of jewelry objects combines industrial aesthetics and materials with evocative romantic themes and imagery. He... MORE »
Jaydan Moore was born into a family of fourth generation tombstone makers. Most of his childhood was spent at the family business, which doubled as a rental storage space where he would rummage through other peoples’ objects and listen... 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 »
An early interest in Chinese arts led martial artist and historian Corey Chan to train in the ancient Chinese New Year lion dance performed annually to bring good fortune. Chan is the Director of Kei Lun Martial Arts, dedicated... MORE »
Hidde Van Duym enjoys collecting and combining images of many different realities to create watercolor assemblages. By playing on the interaction of meaning, space and color, he produces visual discoveries that go beyond the laws of time and space.... MORE »
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 »
Joseph Pringle (b. 1943), better known as “Ronnie,” was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He fell in love with the blacksmith shop at an early age while visiting his cousin, Philip Simmons, practically every day. He loved his... MORE »
Philip Simmons (1912–2009) was a renowned blacksmith in Charleston, SC. Enticed by the sparks flying in a blacksmith shop he passed on his way to school, he became an apprentice at the early age of 13 in the shop... MORE »
Born in 1931, just north of Gee’s Bend, AL, Lucy Mingo grew up picking crops, cooking for her family, and walking four miles to and from school each day. She worked many jobs through the years, all the while... MORE »