The SERVICE episode is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts and Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, SERVICE documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists include Eugene Burks Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos. The SERVICE episode is part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service and CPB initiative Veterans Coming Home. PBS premiere: November 2, 2014.


Ehren Tool Judas Recendez at the wheel. Mark Markley photograph Peter Voulkos

Ramona Solberg, Courtesy of Sharon Dwinnell-Smith and Larry Metcalf Harvey Littleton, Courtesy of Penland School of Crafts William Daley, Amanda Schwab photograph

Arthur Espenet Carpenter building the Wish Bone chair J.B. Blunk Pam DeLuco. Mark Markley photograph

Eugene Burks Jr, Mark Markley photograph The Clay Studio


EDUCATION GUIDE: Conversations and Cups

Ehren Tool. Mark Markley photograph

In this lesson, students will explore the work of ceramic artist Ehren Tool, who creates clay cups on the potter’s wheel and embellishes them with military images. Tool gives away his cups and to date has given away over 14,000 in an attempt to provide a catalyst for conversations between veterans and those who have not served in the military. In this lesson, students will engage in research in order to gain what Tool describes as “war awareness,” a sense of those in their community who have performed military service in the past and a recognition of the Americans who are currently serving in the military and where they are stationed. Finally, students will make a ceramic form that features imagery of a chosen veteran or service person.


Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Leonard Feinstein ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ 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 ∙ Main Title Crew Camera Control, Inc., Andrew Dumas, Ruth Oglesby, Christopher Williams ∙ Additional Sound Recordist Aaron Muncy ∙ Additional Assistant Camera Matthew Hamm ∙ Assistant Editor Jes Rowe, Eric Stapf ∙ Score Recorded and Mixed by Justiin Merill ∙ 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 ∙ Peter Voulkos Interview Footage Courtesy of Revolutions of the Wheel, A Queens Row Production ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of American Craft Council, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Betty A. Chase Evangel University Archives, Gail Belmont, © Bettmann/Corbis, Laurie Bracewell Photography, British Pathé, Buyout Footage, John Carlano, Arthur Espenet Carpenter III, The Conus Archive, © Staff Sgt. F. Lee Corkran/Corbis, Corning Museum of Glass, Craft and Folk Art Museum, CriticalPast, Joyce Costello, DVArchive, William Daley, Pam DeLuco, Sharon Dwinnell-Smith, Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress, Harry S. Truman Library, William Hawken, Homes for our Troops, J.B. Blunk Estate, Sam Jornlin, John B. Kenny, Maurine Littleton, Robert K. Liu, Jo Ann Martinez, John Mason, JoAnn Meacham, Larry Metcalf, NBCUniversal Archives, Penland School of Crafts, Judas Recendez, Amanda Schwab, Scripps College, Streamline Films, Inc., Henry Takemoto, Beth Thomas, W.A. Ehren Tool, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Public Affairs Office, The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/U.S. Navy, Oppi Untracht, Peggy Voulkos, Voulkos and Co. Catalogue Project, WHStock/Pond5, Murray Weiss, Nancy L. Worden ∙ Special Thanks The United States Department of Defense ∙ Thanks Charlotte Bear, Defne Beyce, Dane Cloutier, Kirk Delman, Marcia Donahue, Susan A. Grode, Nancy & John Kearney, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Commander Moira McGuire, Madison Metro, Ornament Magazine, Kelly McFarland, Forrest L. Merrill, Jeffrey Meyer Turntables, Steven Poster, Annemaree Rea, Noah Reitman, Rachael Reitman, Luana Ritch, T. Roberts, Janine Siegal, Sarah & Argil Tool, Jennifer Vollbrecht ∙ In memory of Pete Seeger, musician, activist, veteran ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2014 CRAFT IN AMERICA All Rights Reserved.