Many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. They use craft to tell a story, prove a point, experiment, or bring attention to contemporary issues. MESSAGES features santero Charles M. Carrillo, glass artist Beth Lipman, jeweler and sculptor Thomas Mann, and bead artist Joyce J. Scott. PBS premiere: May 24, 2011.


Thomas Mann Joyce J Scott Charles Carrillo. Mark Markley photograph

Beth Lipman. Mark Markley photograph


EDUCATION GUIDE: Thomas Mann: Design Vocabulary
Thomas Mann

In this lesson, students will view the jewelry and sculptural forms of Thomas Mann. Students will consider how Mann produces his work, and how he goes about transmitting messages in his work. Through a collaborative activity, students will create a design vocabulary upon which all students can draw in order to create a sculptural form that transmits a personal message.


EDUCATION GUIDE: Joyce J. Scott: Sharing Memories and Shaking Things Up
Joyce J. Scott

In this lesson, students will study the sculpted beadwork of artist Joyce J. Scott. Students will watch the MESSAGES segment featuring Scott. The class will examine how Scott draws viewers to her work by making her pieces beautiful, with the hope that viewers will then consider the serious issues of race, class, and gender discrimination presented within the pieces. Students will consider these issues through Scott’s work. Finally, students will determine a point of view and invent a piece with an attractive surface appeal and an underlying serious topic.


Creator & Executive Producer Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editors Sandy Guthrie, Victor Livingston ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Sound Recordist Richard K. Pooler ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison ∙ Gaffers Mark Markley, Boryana Alexandrova ∙ Additional Camera Allan Palmer ∙ Grips Peter Lindberg ∙ Production Coordinator Denise Kang ∙ Assistant Editors Patrick Meegan, Emily-Rose Wagner ∙ Baltimore Field Producer Lisa Chemery ∙ Production Assistants Noah Reitman, Cara Camp, Margot Messina ∙ Production Controller Judy J. Hing ∙ Main Title Unit ∙ Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC ∙ Motion Control Cinematographer Dave Drzewiecki ∙ Assistant Camera Chuck Bemis ∙ Gaffer Dennis Clark ∙ Key Grip Philippe Casseus ∙ Electrician Mike Stockton ∙ Motion Control Operator Helder K. Sun ∙ Motion Control Technician David Mansour ∙ Props Michael Carney ∙ Graphics Design G. Lloyd Solly ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer David Ball ∙ Score Producer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy Of ∙ Jocelyn Augustino, Baltimore Museum of Art, Bridgeman Art Library, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Will Crocker, Edward S. Curtis, Wyatt Davis, FEMA, Kohler Company, Erik Kvalsvik, Library of Congress, Beth Lipman, Robert K. Liu/Ornament Magazine, Vondra Porter (model), Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, Thomas Mann, Todd Mann, Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Joyce J. Scott, Kanji Takeno, U.S. Coast Guard Digital, Ben Wittick ∙ Special Thanks ∙ Russo Anastasio, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Ken Brecher, Corradetti Glass Studio ∙ Ernest Fleischmann, Gallery I/O, Goya Contemporary, Steve Grafe, Susan A. Grode, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Jan Katz, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Loose Marbles, Maryland Institute College of Art, John Maeda, Make It Right, Eudorah Moore, Harold Moore, Museum of International Folk Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Ornament Magazine, Osiris Productions, Rachael Reitman, Rebecca Rickman, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Santa Rosa De Lima Church, Smithsonian Institution, Sophie Newcomb College, Toshi Seeger, Urban Glass, Hidde Van Duym, Peg Yorkin ∙ Professional & Technical Services Provided by Au Bon Climat Winery, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP ∙ In memory of Steve Fenton who crafted our series with love and skill ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2011 Craft In America, All Rights Reserved.