CELEBRATION examines the role craft plays in our holiday customs, with a focus on our winter observances and the traditions that are handed down from one generation to another as well as new rituals that define the season. 

CELEBRATION features lion dancers and float builders for San Francisco’s acclaimed Chinese New Year Parade, artists in Michigan making ceramics for the holidays at Pewabic (Detroit) and Motawi Tileworks (Ann Arbor), Kwanzaa celebrations with artists in Chicago and Oakland, and Christmas card making in Tacoma, Washington with woodblock print artist Yoshiko Yamamoto. PBS premiere: December 11, 2015.


Prepping a Snowdrop Vase before bisque firing babatunde Yoshiko Yamamoto

The CNC router creates the mold for the tiles corey chan jeff lee Jeff Lee. Mark Markley photograph

Thomas Chun. Mark Markley photograph Travis Lum delicately repairs a lion head. Mark Markley photograph Mark Markley photograph

Yumei Hou sculpting a sheep Lead sculptor Yumei Hou (l) and float builder Dave Thomas


HOW TO: Yoshiko Yamamoto demonstrates how to print blockprints at home
Yoshiko Yamamoto


Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Leonard Feinstein ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman & Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Associate Producer Denise Kang ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Production Coordinator Beverly Feldman ∙ Production Controller Judy J. Hing ∙ Sound Recordist Richard K. Pooler ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison ∙ Gaffer Mark Markley ∙ Art Director Elizabeth Claffey ∙ Main Title Crew Camera Control, Inc., Andrew Dumas, Ruth Oglesby, Christopher Williams ∙ Production Assistants Emma Lubitsch, Nora Lubitsch, Bruce Miller ∙ Assistant Editor Eric Stapf ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc. ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Online Assistant Editor Cindy Fanara ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer Jonathan Iglecias ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of African American Museum & Library at Oakland American Museum of Natural History Library, Archive Farms/Getty Images, CriticalPast, Detroit Institute of Arts Archive, Jin Jue, KQED, Library of Congress, Los Angeles Public Library, Motawi Tileworks, Oddball Films, Pewabic, Pond5/Dubassy/Krestafer/Picture/Stefhoffer, San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris Images/Darryl Bush/Paul Chinn, San Francisco Media Archive, Smithsonian Institute Archives, T3Media, David Thomas, Yoshiko Yamamoto ∙ Special Thanks Annette F. Brown, Laurene Chan, Louis Casinelli, Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco, Detroit People Mover, Dusable Museum of African American History, Jean Edmondson, Karen Eng, Foster Park Workshop, Maggie Hasspacher, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, David Lei, Jenny Leung, Pam Marcil, Patrice Merritt, Alisha Merrow, Jeffrey Meyer Turntables, Oakstop Gallery, Ornament Magazine, Darin Ow-Wing, Trevor Parham, Steven Poster, Christa Quinn, Pemon Rami, Noah Reitman, Rachael Reitman, Suzanne Shukuru Sanders, Harlan Wong ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2015 CRAFT IN AMERICA All Rights Reserved.