Up Close and Personal
What makes craft artists who they are? Now you can discover how they think; what they do; and how craft is a part of their lives. Simply click on any of the dozens of short videos listed here, where you can see and hear the artists in their own words, often in their own studios. Let their inspirations be yours, too.
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Ceramic artist demonstrating at the potter’s wheel.
Nikki Lewis Ceramic artist discusses his influences and his techniques.
David Gurney Ceramic artist glazes a teapot.
Sarah Jaeger Artist demonstrating slip casting for a teapot.
Richard Notkin demonstrates the technique of press molding at Archie Bray.
Cary Esser 's life style and work is influenced by Thoreau, Mexican culture, and more.
David Gurney talks about the philosophy behind her work.
Sarah Jaeger Tony Hepburn on what makes visionary.
Cranbrook Academy talks about finding clay, and changing his career from brain surgeon to potter.
Cliff Lee talks about the difference between art and craft.
David Gurney Sequoia Miller talks about and its influence on his work.
Penland School of Crafts Ceramic artist talks about his career while throwing a pot.
Matthew Metz Ceramic artist talks about the early clay movement and the nature of craft.
Frances Senska Ceramic artist demonstrating at the potter’s wheel.
Linda Sikora Ceramic Artist visits her alma mater and speaks with KCAI professor Cary Esser and students about becoming an artist, and balancing teaching and working in the studio.
Nikki Lewis talks about the origins of the North Carolina glazing and firing techniques.
Mark Hewitt , master potter at Jugtown Pottery, talks about salt firing.
Vernon Owens , potter at Jugtown Pottery, talks about how he started working in the pottery at a young age.
Travis Owens , former director of Jugtown Pottery, talks about handwork and what makes serious craft work.
Nancy Sweezy As the pots are being unloaded from the kiln at Jugtown Pottery, , former director of Jugtown, examines the pots.
Nancy Sweezy talks about the clays used at Jugtown Pottery.
Pam Owens Ceramics artist, , talks about craft, clay, and art, and being an artist.
Nikki Lewis Ceramics professor, , talks about how he came to teach at the Kansas City Art Institute.
George Timock Ceramics professor, talks about Kansas City as an arts center and KCAI as an influence on the city's art scene.
George Timock KCAI ceramics professor talks about her creative process.
Cary Esser talks about having a career in clay.
Cary Esser talks about his kiln, Mark Hewitt The Beast.
talks about his process and how he adapts the Southern ceramic traditions.
Mark Hewitt , Director of the Ceramics Department at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, talks about how he came to work at the Y.
Robert Silverman Mihwa Im, Senior Ceramics Student at , talks about her thesis.
Kansas City Art Institute Liz Largent, Senior Ceramics Student at , talks about her internship.
Kansas City Art Institute Deborah Reed, ceramics student at the , talks about her love of clay.
92nd Street Y , master potter at Jugtown Pottery, talks about the groundhog kiln.
Vernon Owens North Carolina potter, Mark Hewitt, talks about .
David Drake Potter, , talks about his apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt.
Joseph Sand Potters Jeff Oestreich, Clary Illian, and Jason Trebs talk about the .
St Croix Pottery Tour Potter Jeff Oestreich decorates bisque ware
Mike Johnson of varnishes a rocker and talks about the process.
Maloof Studio talks about teaching woodworking to his children.
John Zipprich Masamichi Nitani explains how he designs his own tools.
Timberline Lodge carver talks about the special edition Nakashima guitar that was made in his honor by Martin Guitar Company; it is the only guitar made to honor someone who was not a musician.
Mira Nakashima John Zipprich in his studio at Timberline talks about the and his work there. He is one of the many craft artists who are maintaining and restoring the Lodge.
Timberline Lodge on being an artist and a furniture maker.
Garry Knox Bennett president Miguel Gómez Ibáñez describes the programs of study they offer that lead to professions in craft.
North Bennet Street School president Miguel Gómez Ibáñez discusses the importance of hands skills training.
North Bennet Street School shows us carvings and paintings of his favorite saint, St. Joseph.
Charles Carrillo works at the lathe and describes some of his pieces. Philip and Matt Moulthrop talk about the tools and methods that Ed developed.
Ed Moulthrop Third generation woodturner chooses his profession with the advice and support of his family.
Matt Moulthrop Meet three generations of the of woodturners.
Lapidary talks about selecting stones.
Sam Wallace Metalsmith gives historical perspective on the notion of “craftmanship of necessity.”
Tom Joyce talks about what he defines as craft.
Kit Carson talk about art as a way to communicate.
Ken Loeber and Dona Look Dawn and David talk about their parents' work.
Wallace Watch use an air hammer to form his Fibonacci bowl.
Tom Joyce Aryana B. Londir and Kit Carson talking about how they met and their craft .
community talks about the purpose of her work.
Jan Yager The describe the creative process involved in designing and fabricating their work.
Williamsons talks about Philip Simmons, who was like a father to him.
Joseph "Ronnie" Pringle talks about working with Philip Simmons.
Joseph "Ronnie" Pringle talks about working with Philip Simmons.
Carlton Simmons Jewelers and professors, , take their students to the Brothers Antique Mart.
Dave & Roberta Williamson The is the first college in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Arts program in the Building Arts.
American College of the Building Arts , Director of the Jewelry Center, talks about the range of Jewelry programs at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Jonathan Wahl Director of the Jewelry center at the in New York City, Jonathan Wahl, talks about the thrill of teaching beginner students to make jewelry.
92nd Street Y John Paul Huguley, founder of American College of the Building Arts, talks about the collaborative process in creating a gate for clients.
Philip Simmons John Paul Huguley, Founder of the American College of the Building Arts, talks about the .
building arts John Paul Huguley talks about the and the blacksmithing program at the American College of the Building Arts.
tradition of blacksmithing Humans weren't the only victims of Katrina. talks about an abandoned dog named Wall Street, as part of his Thomas Mann Storm Cycle series.
speaks about inspiration for the Angel panel of Thomas Mann Storm Cycle.
speaks about the Mud 'n Mold panel from Thomas Mann Storm Cycle.
In this 40 second excerpt, jewelry artist and sculptor talks about the heart form and his Techno Romantic designs.
Thomas Mann Pennsylvania jewelry artist shows us some of the shapes and treatments she uses in her metalwork.
Holly Lee Artist shows us a ring called Marina Marioni Be Prepared and talks about her brief stint as a Girl Scout Brownie.
demonstrates glassblowing at the Museum of Glass.
William Morris demonstrate hot sculpting at Pilchuck Glass School.
Einar and Jamex de la Torre Anne Gould Hauberg talks about the Studio Craft Movement and .
Pilchuck Glass School The speak about choosing a medium for self expression.
de la Torre brothers talks about his heritage, how native people can change, and Tlingit mythology.
Preston Singletary , artist in glass, assembles a botanical, using flameworked components.
Paul J. Stankard Watch students flameworking at in New Jersey.
Salem Community College Curator at the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Gay LeCleire Taylor, talks about a glass canning jar from 1739.
Curator at the Museum of American Glass at , Gay LeCleire Taylor, talks about the history of Southern New Jersey glass.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center This excerpt shows Beth working with gaffers and assistants Alexandra Lozier, Jeremy Popelka, Erica Rosenfeld, Isaac Tecosky and Leo Tecosky at in Brooklyn.
Urban Glass Curator George Ciscle, seated in front of Rodin's The Thinker at the Baltimore Museum of Art, explores the messages embedded in various pieces of 's work, including the Joyce J. Scott No Mommy, Me series and Man Eating Watermelon.
Glass artist remembers hearing about Hiroshima as a child. He shows us two sculptures he has created, titled Hiroshima.
Paul Marioni Seattle glass artists and Preston Singletary met in high school and have stayed connected, personally and professionally, ever since.
Gustina Atlas of talks about how she quilts.
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads explains how she works.
Deborah Cross demonstrates the full twine turn, and discusses the technique.
Pat Courtney Gold Friends of Timberline weaver in Silcox Hut at , speaks about looms.
Timberline Lodge takes us on a tour of the baskets in her studio—many of which are traditional designs that have been passed down for 300 years.
Mary Jackson on the machine vs. the handmade.
Randall Darwall talks about what quilting means to her, and how she gets ideas for quilting patterns.
Hystercine Rankin Patty Crosby, Director of , talks about Mrs. Rankin’s National Heritage Award.
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads describing the imagery on her baskets.
Pat Courtney Gold explains how rice is separated from the chafe using a Mary Jackson Fanner basket, and see her Unfinished basket.
Patty Crosby talks about the foundation of the and segregation in the community.
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads The Bringles talk about : its roots, foundation and current classes.
Penland School of Crafts The director of , Patty Crosby talks about Mrs. Rankin.
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads talks about the mathematical component of her baskets, and explains the Fibonacci sequence.
Billie Ruth Sudduth takes us on a tour of her studio and work processes.
Dona Look , weaver and professor, talks about being an artist in California during the 50s and 60s.
Jim Bassler , weaver and professor, talks to his students about a Nasca period, 200 BC 700 AD, Peruvian textile.
Jim Bassler Beadworker, , shows us her naming ceremony outfit.
Teri Greeves , mother of Teri Greeves, talks about the history of beads and beadwork from a Native perspective.
Jeri Ah-be-hill , mother of beadwork artist Teri Greeves, talks about a pair of Kiowa's men's leggings.
Jeri Ah-be-hill Watch a close up of weaving.
Jim Bassler Teri Greeves and her mother, Jeri Ah-be-hill, talk about .
Kiowa leggings and naming outfits explores the Soul Erased series of prints with curator Amy Raehse.
Joyce J. Scott shows us a beaded necklace with a particularly strong message.
Joyce J. Scott talks about why she loves the art and craft of making custom boots.
Lisa Sorrell Bootmaker shows us how she measures a person's foot and then chooses and customizes the appropriate boot last.
Lisa Sorrell Bootmaker shows us how she cuts and forms vamps.
Lisa Sorrell Watch a two minute preview of and Terese Agnew Portrait of a Textile Worker.
Artist talks about the process of creating the Faith Ringgold Tar Beach story quilt.
Students at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School sing by Faith Ringgold.
Anyone Can Fly Designer Brian Murphy and weaver talk about incorporating clothing fragments into garments.
Randall Darwall Sculptor, designer, activist, textile artist, Tanya Aguiñiga talks about her .
childhood crafting Sculptor, designer, activist, textile artist, Tanya Aguiñiga talks about the community of in Mexico.
Maclovio Rojas Sculptor, designer, activist, textile artist, Tanya Aguiñiga talks about in San Diego.
Chicano Park Lia Cook speaks about her .
Doll series Lia Cook talks about her .
jacquard loom Dorian Bergen discusses the history of .
talks about his influences and inspiration as an artist.
Tom Killion , Director of Book Art Program at Mills College, talks about and shows us important books.
Kathleen Walkup talks about the handprinted book vs the trade edition book.
Tom Killion talks about her process.
Julie Chen talks about how she discovered book arts.
Julie Chen talks about when he first sold his art.
Tom Killion , Director of the Book Art Program at Mills College, talks about the short history of book arts.
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