Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress  

In the HOLIDAY episode of Craft in America, ceramic artist Susan Garson creates a bird menorah. Here’s a selection of menorahs made in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials. Photos by Madison Metro and courtesy of Aimee Golant, Susan Garson, Lisa Slovis Mandel

We eat off it and store things in it and have for as long as we can remember. But if all you see is the practical without the possible, you’re missing a lot.

From baskets to blankets, clothing to samplers, there are dozens of ways to explore your personal creativity. The medium is involving, the materials and techniques are exciting.

From solid blocks of glass sculpture to the finest crystal serving pieces, glass never just sits there. It reflects, glitters, gleams, and shines. Whether it’s on display, on your table, or on your body, there’s something to this material that draws your eye to it. Those who work in glass blow it, slump it, carve…

From American Indians to Paul Revere to today, metalworkers hold a special place in our history, developing designs and objects that have stood the test of time. It’s a craft that’s not just artistry, but science as well.

If you’ve ever wanted to “build something” your thoughts probably went to wood. Cutting, drilling, sanding, staining – the processes are involving, tactile, rewarding. Plus, wood grains are beauties of nature.

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