A couple weeks ago, Emily Zaiden, Craft in America Center Director, visited glass artist Jaime Guerrero’s studio in Boyle Heights to view his work. While Emily was there, a lucky group of students from Lincoln Heights’ LA Leadership Academy stopped by his studio to try out glass blowing for the first time with Jaime. Not your average after-school program!…
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Last Saturday, the Craft in America Center was pleased to host a talk by the incomparable Arline Fisch, a luminary artist and true Living Treasure. This was a packed event and those who attended were not disappointed. Arline, who founded San Diego State University’s jewelry program, started her career, as she stated quite plainly by…
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This past Saturday we had the privilege of hosting a talk with Penland School of Crafts’ Director Jean McLaughlin. It was a considerable turnout with people filling our space to learn more about “The Craft School Experience”. McLaughlin spoke about all five schools in our exhibition, Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont, Peters Valley, and Pilchuck, and how…
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Our last stop in Oaxaca was at Taller Arte Papel Vista Hermosa, where they make paper from native plants to create paper, books, kites, boxes, bags and jewelry. The taller is housed in a former hydroelectric plant so a small waterfall and river surround the place. Enrique showed us the native bark, plants, flowers, cotton,…
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Fifteen students arrived at the Center with their teacher, Ms. Pinkney, for a special tour of the exhibition Teachers: Highlights from the Episode. Previously, the students had the privilege of participating in a workshop led by TEACHERS episode artist Therman Statom in their own classroom. Today it was their turn to come and explore Therman’s work…
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In Oaxaca, the Craft in America crew visited the Museo Textil de Oaxaca to see the featherwork exhibition Hilar el viento: Los Tejidos Mexicanos de Pluma (To Spin the Wind: The Plumed Weavings of Mexico). This exhibition featured rare and contemporary woven feather work created from research done by the museum referencing a textile fragment of the…
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While in Oaxaca, the Craft in America crew also visited ceramic artist Carlomagno Pedro Martinez in San Bartolo Coyotepec. Carlomagno is known for his barro negro (black clay ceramic) sculptures based on his interpretations of legends, stories, and cultural beliefs associated with Day of the Dead, Mexican history, and morality. He started working in clay at…
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When our TEACHERS episode aired on PBS in September, the Craft in America Center had been busy putting up the accompanying exhibition. On November 12th, featured artist Therman Statom gave a talk preceding the opening reception, which brought in a most enthusiastic crowd to the Center. We were honored by the presence of other featured artist…
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