How do borders and personal crossroads affect an artist? How do science and craft interact? How do other cultures influence American style and technique? CROSSROADS explores the intersections of craft, culture, and technology featuring sculptor Tanya Aguiñiga, fiber artist Lia Cook, and ceramic artists Warren MacKenzie, Jeff Oestreich, and Clary Illian. PBS premiere: November 16, 2012.


Tanya Aguiñiga Cafam Lia Cook at the loom. Mark Markley photograph

Warren MacKenzie. Mark Markley photograph Jeff Oestreich. Mark Markley photograph

Clary Illian in her studio. Mark Markley photograph Gail Kendall, Meadowlark, 2003


EDUCATION GUIDE: Tanya Aguiñiga: Crossing Borders
Tanya Aguiñiga in her installation at CAFAM. Douglas Kirkland photograph

Students will explore the work of Tanya Aguiñiga, including her furniture design, installations, accessory crafting, and community art projects. Students will consider the ways Aguiñiga crosses borders in her life and in her art making. In studio practice, students will felt with recycled wool and use the wool to alter and soften a hard surface (a mini-installation), to create a cushion, or to craft an accessory. Students will also sketch ideas for a larger installation that considers the idea of borders.


EDUCATION GUIDE: Apprenticeships: Altering the American Potter

Jeff Oestreich. Mark Markley photograph

In this lesson, students get to know three American potters who are connected by their individual experiences as apprentices at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, England. Students will also be introduced to two internationally influential potters – Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada who took on many apprentices, as well as connect the notion of apprenticeship to their personal lives. Utilizing the Craft in America website, students will explore and research the work of a featured artist/s, looking for qualities and attributes they feel they would like to apply to their own work. In studio practice, students will create a series of altered functional forms that have been influenced by the work of other craftspeople.


Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Beth Spiegel, A.C.E. ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Associate Producer Denise Kang ∙ Production Coordinator Beverly Feldman ∙ Production Controller Judy Hing ∙ Sound Recordists Alan Barker, Richard K. Pooler ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison ∙ Gaffer Mark Markley ∙ Additional Camera Emily-Rose Wagner ∙ Location Manager, Tijuana José Inerzia ∙ Main Title Crew Antar Abderrahman, Huston Beaumont, Camera Control, Inc., Carlos De Varona, Ruth Oglesby, Chris Toth ∙ Assistant Editors Jed Lackritz, Kelly Peters ∙ Score Producer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Post Production Sound Wildwoods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer David Ball ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc. ∙ Publicity Graphics John Maeda ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of Tanya Aguiniga, Akar Gallery, American Craft Council, Archie Bray Foundation, Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center, Todd Beattie, Michael Brannin, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Lia Cook, Eric Dean, Phil Dorothy, Marty Gross, Paul B. Hillman, Clary Illian, Sanjay & Jigna Jani, Douglas Kirkland, LaGiraffe, Leach Pottery, Warren MacKenzie, Michael McCombs, Mike & Marsha Myers, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Jeff Oestreich, RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, Susan Peterson, Ivan Salas, David San Miguel, Michael Schnorr, Tanya Schulte, Craig Simpson, Todd Stands, Todd Thelen, Ruopeng Wang, Van J. Wedeen, Jackie Wellborn, Cheryl Whitney, Susan Yamagata ∙ Special Thanks Melanie Abrantes, Russo Anastasio, Atwater Crossing, George-Ann Bowers, Ernest Fleischmann, Xochil Goretsky, Susan A. Grode, The Heil Family, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Jeffrey Meyer Turntables, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, The Maag Family, Nancy MacKenzie, Eudorah Moore, Ornament Magazine, Steven Poster, Ashley Powell, Noah Reitman, Rachael Reitman, Toshi Seeger, Sam Spencer, Peg Yorkin ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2012 Craft In America, All Rights Reserved.