Season Five continues the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft with Forge premiering on PBS October 25, 2013, Holiday premiering on PBS December 20, 2013, and Industry airing on May 2, 2014. (*check local listings)
Through their own words, craft artists reveal what makes their work – and the lives they lead – unique. Learn more about the artists featured in the episodes below.
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Exceptional artists forging metal magically transformed by fire. Featuring silversmith Chloe Darke, Old Newbury Crafters, artist Tom Pullin, Corcoran College of Art + Design, and sculptor Albert Paley.
Embrace traditions, both familiar and new – all part of our American experience with the handmade. Featuring ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass, paper artist Kathleen Trenchard, ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn, Biltmore House, woodcarver Harley Refsal, and John C. Campbell Folk School.
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 Yamane, Etsy.
Is talent inherited? What is it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand? This episode explores the creative environments and personal dynamics of four families of craft artists. Featuring ceramic and jewelry artist Cliff & Holly Lee, glass artists Paul & Dante & Marina Marioni, wood turners Ed & Philip & Matt Moulthrop, and boot maker Lisa Sorrell.
Threads explores the needle arts including weaving, storytelling through quilts and textiles that speak to the creativity of the human spirit. Featuring Terese Agnew, Randall Darwall, Faith Ringgold, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood.
How do borders and personal crossroads affect an artist? How do science and craft interact? How do other cultures influence American style and technique? This episode explores the intersections of craft, culture, and technology. Featuring sculptor Tanya Aguiniga, fiber artist Lia Cook, and ceramic artists Warren MacKenzie, Jeff Oestreich, Clary Illian.
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. Featuring blacksmith Philip Simmons, potter Mark Hewitt, Vernon & Pam & Travis Owens at Jugtown Pottery, weaver Jim Bassler, and glass artist Paul Stankard.
What inspires a person to choose a career in craft? And how does one acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become a craft artist. Featuring the 92nd St Y, jewelers Dave & Roberta Williamson, ceramic artists Cary Esser & Nikki Lewis, Kansas City Art Institute, North Bennet Street School, book artist Julie Chen, and printmaker Tom Killion.
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. Featuring santero Charles M. Carrillo, glass artist Beth Lipman, jeweler Thomas Mann, bead artist Joyce J. Scott.
The first in the CRAFT IN AMERICA series, Memory observes how past is prologue, and looks to the dynamic of cultural history and personal heritage in creating objects. Featuring woodworker Sam Maloof, basket maker Mary Jackson, furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett, blacksmith Tom Joyce, and Wasco basket maker Pat Courtney Gold.
The second episode considers the physical landscape, as well as the political and social influences on artists, and how they translate into the objects they make. Featuring jeweler Jan Yager, ceramic artist David Gurney, woodworker Mira Nakashima, jewelry artist Kit Carson, ceramic artist Richard Notkin, and Timberline Lodge.
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 Glass School, potter Sarah Jaeger, jeweler Ken Loeber, basket maker Dona Look, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Penland School of Crafts, and jewelry artist Denise & Samuel Wallace.