Craft traditions didn’t just appear, fully-formed and mature. Artists tie their work to early techniques and pass these practices on in a continuum of creativity. ORIGINS features blacksmith Philip Simmons, potter Mark Hewitt, Vernon & Pam & Travis Owens of Jugtown Pottery, beadwork artist Teri Greeves, weaver Jim Bassler, and glass artist Paul Stankard. PBS premiere: October 7, 2009.

Philip Simmons American College of the Building Arts Vernon Owens

Pam Owens Travis Owens. Mark Markley photograph Jugtown

Mark Hewitt Teri Greeves Jim Bassler at the loom

Paul Stankard Salem Community College student flameworking, Courtesy of Salem Community College


EDUCATION GUIDE: Jim Bassler: Woven in Tradition
Jim Bassler at the loom

In this lesson, students will explore the work of weaver Jim Bassler and learn about the basic techniques of weaving. Students will view the ORIGINS segment of Craft in America featuring Bassler. They will discuss the role of technology in craft, as well as consider the importance and origins of weaving in our world. After spending time learning about weaving and dyeing, students will create a piece of woven cloth dyed with indigo.


EDUCATION GUIDE: Teri Greeves: Beadworking & Belonging
Teri Greeves

In this lesson, students will study the work of bead artist Teri Greeves. After watching the Craft In America ORIGINS segment featuring Greeves, students will examine how Greeves’ beadworking signifies and honors her Kiowa heritage. Students will look for examples of decorated garments in their experience that indicate belonging to a group. Following this, students will hand embellish an item of wear with an image symbolic of a particular group.


Director Nigel Noble ∙ Creator & Executive Producer Carol Sauvion ∙ Producer Patricia Bischetti ∙ Writer Steve Fenton ∙ Editor Sandy Guthrie ∙ Director of Photography Don Lenzer ∙ Music Laura Karpman ∙ Associate Producer Rosey Guthrie ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Production Coordinator Denise Kang ∙ Narrator Randy Oglesby ∙ Sound Recordist Edward Luke O’Connor ∙ Assistant Camera Ronan Killeen ∙ Gaffer Joshua Pelham ∙ Gaffer, Santa Fe Mike Lamb ∙ Production Consultant, Carolinas Shoot Smokey Forester ∙ Location Manager, Charleston Steve Lepre ∙ Production Assistants Brad Geagley, Ander Kazmerski, Emily-Rose Wagner ∙ Production Accounting Judy Hing ∙ Main Title Director of Photography Steven Poster ASC ∙ Motion Control Cinematographer David Drzewiecki ∙ Assistant Camera Chuck Bemis ∙ Gaffer Elan Yaari ∙ Key Grip Philippe Casseus ∙ Motion Control Operator Helder K. Sun ∙ Motion Control Technicians Barry Walton, David Mansour ∙ Props Regina O’Brien ∙ Titles Graphic Design G. Lloyd Solly ∙ Assistant Editor Jennifer Hunter ∙ Post Production Sound & Video Shapeshifter ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Sound Mixer Kevin Burke ∙ Art Historical Consultant Jo Lauria ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture, Collection of the Museum of American Glass, Dan Barsotti, Jim Bassler, Ray Carofano, Jason Dowdle, David Flander Productions, Teri Greeves, James Hart, Jugtown Pottery, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Office of Archives & History, Andrew Neuhart, Salem Community College, Philip Simmons Foundation, Paul J. Stankard ∙ Special Thanks Ken Brecher, Cathleen Collins, Ernest Fleschmann, Steve Grafe, Susan A. Grode, Hidde Van Duym, Peg Yorkin, American College of the Building Arts, Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community, Veralee Bassler, Barbara Belle Sloan, Julian V. Brandt, Charleston Museum, Rossie Colter, Dennis Esquivel, Susan Gogan, David Graeber, Fritz Hamer, Heard Museum, Phoenix, Karin Higa, George Holt, Karen Hudson, J. Grahame Long, Gay LeCleire Taylor, John Maeda, Alex Matisse, Mark McKinney, Eudorah Moore, Carol Peppe Hewitt, Dr. John M. D. Pohl, Stacey Ravel Abarbanel, Dr. Patricia Rieff Anawalt, Joseph Sand, Jane Sauer Gallery, Carlton Simmons, South Carolina State Museum, Katherine Stankard Campbell, Cristine Stankard Kressley, Patricia A. Stankard, Pauline Stankard Iacovino, Lyssa Stapleton, Sunhead Projects, Sam Sweezy, Rachael Reitman, Noah Reitman, John Michael Vlach Ph.D., Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Ahbedoh White Eagle, Nimkees Ankwaad White Eagle ∙ Professional & Technical Services Provided By Au Bon Climal Winery, Illumination Dynamics, Katten, Muchin, Roseman, LLP, Jeffrey Meyer Turntables, Panavision ∙ Presented in Association With KCET / Los Angeles ∙ KCET Executive in Charge Bohdan Zachary ∙ KCET Production Executive Robert McDonnell ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. © 2009 Craft In America. All Rights Reserved.