In 2013, Craft in America initiated a pilot program with Fairfax High School Arts Magnet to bring artists into the classroom and students into the Craft in America Center. We are giving public high school students the chance to meet some of the leading working, professional artists in the field and to hear personally about these artists’ careers and how they create their art. Craft artists who have participated so far include potter Jeff Oestreich, collage artist Hidde Van Duym, illustrator JT Steiny, and glass artist Paul Marioni.

In 2012, Craft in America partnered with Otis College of Art and Design’s Integrated Learning class, Clay in L.A.:1945 to Present as the site partner. Students visited the Center to discuss clay history and their projects, utilizing the library resources at the Center to investigate the importance of the Otis Ceramic Department, specifically the impact that Peter Voulkos had on the early studio clay artists in the 1950s. Below is a selection of their final reports.

Primary Faculty: Joan Takayama-Ogawa
Mentor Faculty: Jo Lauria