CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary series, explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. With nineteen shows produced since 2007, the series takes viewers on a journey to the artists, origins and techniques of American craft. Each episode contains stories from diverse regions and cultures, blending history with living practice and exploring issues of identity, ritual, philosophy and creative expression.

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VISIONARIES documents the ways in which artists and influencers inspire new generations to envision the limitless possibilities of craft. Featuring textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve Jack Lenor Larsen, curator Helen Molesworth and Black Mountain College, weaver Kay... MORE »
James Jack Ipekjian


CALIFORNIA explores the diverse craft heritage, traditions and innovations in the Golden State. Featuring Pomo basket weaver Corine Pearce, silversmith Randy Stromsoe, the Arts and Crafts architecture of Greene & Greene, stained glass artists at Judson Studios, cabinet makers... MORE »
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NEIGHBORS explores the people, history, and traditions of crafts from the U.S. and Mexico, noting how aesthetics cross over and back again in a living and ongoing cultural exchange. Featured artists include ceramic artist Gerardo Monterrubio; ceramic artists Magdalena Pedro... MORE »
Ofelia Esparza Grand Park


BORDERS explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other. Artists, organizations and events featured include the Day of the Dead celebration, master altar builder Ofelia Esparza and Self Help Graphics & Art... MORE »


NATURE features artists who explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Artists include sculptor Patrick Dougherty, fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess, woodcarver Michelle Holzapfel, book artist Catherine Alice Michaelis, and glass artist Preston Singletary. PBS premiere Friday, April 21,... MORE »


TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing the skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Featuring Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete at Idyllwild Arts, glass artist Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School, glass artist Therman Statom, and... MORE »
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MUSIC  focuses on finely crafted handmade instruments and the world renowned artists who play them, demonstrating the perfect blend of form and function. By exploring how various instruments are perfected, MUSIC also offers viewers a unique journey through our country’s... MORE »
Yoshiko Yamamoto


CELEBRATION examines the role craft plays in our holiday customs, with a focus on our winter observances and the traditions that are handed down from one generation to another as well as new rituals that define the season.  CELEBRATION features... MORE »
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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... MORE »


Handmade in the Creative Economy. Featuring Gee’s Bend quilters Lucy Mingo & Mary Ann Pettway, quilter Joe Cunningham, boat builder Graham McKay & Lowell’s Boat Shop, artist Bethanne Knudson & Libby O'Bryan & The Oriole Mill, jewelry artist Shane... MORE »


Embrace traditions, both familiar and new – all part of our American experience with the handmade. HOLIDAY features ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass, paper artist Kathleen Trenchard, ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park... MORE »


FORGE profiles artists who are working in what could be called the only tangible example of “alchemy” we have: the forging of metal – hard and soft, cold and hot, brittle and pliable – magically transformed by fire. One of... MORE »


How do borders and personal crossroads affect an artist? How do science and craft interact? How do other cultures influence American style and technique? CROSSROADS explores the intersections of craft, culture, and technology featuring sculptor Tanya Aguiñiga, fiber artist Lia... MORE »


For as long as mankind has lived together in groups, interlacing, weaving, sewing and all manner of work that starts with the humble thread have brought physical comfort and served as a means of expression.  From the beginning, craft... MORE »


Is talent inherited? What is it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand? FAMILY explores the creative environments and personal dynamics of four families of craft artists. Featuring ceramic and jewelry artists Cliff & Holly... MORE »


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... MORE »


What inspires a person to choose a career in craft? How does one acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become a craft artist? PROCESS features 92nd Street Y, jewelers Roberta & Dave Williamson, ceramists Cary Esser and Nikki Lewis,... MORE »


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... MORE »


COMMUNITY focuses on the groups that give strength to craft artists and their work, as schools, religions, societies, or just friends bring together people to create. Featuring glass artists Jamex & Einar de la Torre, glass artist Preston Singletary, Pilchuck... MORE »


LANDSCAPE looks at the sublime and complex relationship between craft artists and their environment.  The work these artists create often embodies the power, beauty and fragility of the natural world.  LANDSCAPE highlights artists Jan Yager, Kit Carson, David Gurney, Richard Notkin,... MORE »


It is sometimes in the most humble objects that our history is most vividly recalled.  Craft objects, being made by hand to use, to collect, to be part of our everyday lives, are more than our history, they are... MORE »