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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CLAY

Ceramic artist Nikki Lewis demonstrating at the potter’s wheel.

Cary Esser demonstrates the technique of press molding at Archie Bray.

Ceramic artist Matthew Metz talks about his career while throwing a pot.

Ceramic artist Frances Senska talks about the early clay movement and the nature of craft.

Ceramic artist Linda Sikora demonstrating at the potter’s wheel.

Sarah Jaeger talks about the philosophy behind her work.

Ceramic artist David Gurney discusses his influences and his techniques.

Ceramic artist Sarah Jaeger glazes a teapot.

Artist Richard Notkin demonstrating slip casting for a teapot.

David Gurney's life style and work is influenced by Thoreau, Mexican culture, and more.

Tony Hepburn on what makes Cranbrook Academy visionary.

Cliff Lee talks about finding clay, and changing his career from brain surgeon to potter.

David Gurney talks about the difference between art and craft.

Sequoia Miller talks about Penland School of Crafts and its influence on his work.

Ceramic Artist Nikki Lewis 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.

Mark Hewitt talks about the origins of the North Carolina glazing and firing techniques.

Vernon Owens, master potter at Jugtown Pottery, talks about salt firing.

Travis Owens, potter at Jugtown Pottery, talks about how he started working in the pottery at a young age.

Nancy Sweezy, former director of Jugtown Pottery, talks about handwork and what makes serious craft work.

As the pots are being unloaded from the kiln at Jugtown Pottery, Nancy Sweezy, former director of Jugtown, examines the pots.

Pam Owens talks about the clays used at Jugtown Pottery.

Ceramic artist, Nikki Lewis, talks about craft, clay, and art, and being an artist.

Ceramics professor, George Timock, talks about how he came to teach at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Ceramics professor, George Timock talks about Kansas City as an arts center and KCAI as an influence on the city's art scene.

KCAI ceramics professor Cary Esser talks about her creative process.

Cary Esser talks about having a career in clay.

Mark Hewitt talks about his kiln, The Beast.

Mark Hewitt talks about his process and how he adapts the Southern ceramic traditions.

Robert Silverman, Director of the Ceramics Department at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, talks about how he came to work at the Y.

Mihwa Im, Senior Ceramics Student at Kansas City Art Institute, talks about her thesis.

Liz Largent, Senior Ceramics Student at Kansas City Art Institute, talks about her internship.

Deborah Reed, ceramics student at the 92nd Street Y, talks about her love of clay.

Vernon Owens, master potter at Jugtown Pottery, talks about the groundhog kiln.

North Carolina potter, Mark Hewitt, talks about David Drake.

Potter, Joseph Sand, talks about his apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt.

Potters Jeff Oestreich, Clary Illian, and Jason Trebs talk about the St Croix Pottery Tour.

Potter Jeff Oestreich decorates bisque ware



WOOD

Mike Johnson of Maloof Studio varnishes a rocker and talks about the process.

John Zipprich talks about teaching woodworking to his children.

Timberline Lodge carver Masamichi Nitani explains how he designs his own tools.

Mira Nakashima 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.

John Zipprich in his studio at Timberline talks about the Timberline Lodge and his work there. He is one of the many craft artists who are maintaining and restoring the Lodge.

Garry Knox Bennett on being an artist and a furniture maker.

Tom Joyce & Robyn Horn talk about working in wood.

North Bennet Street School 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.

Charles Carrillo shows us carvings and paintings of his favorite saint, St. Joseph.

Ed Moulthrop works at the lathe and describes some of his pieces. Philip and Matt Moulthrop talk about the tools and methods that Ed developed.

Third generation woodturner Matt Moulthrop chooses his profession with the advice and support of his family.

Meet three generations of the Moulthrop family of woodturners.




METAL

Watch Tom Joyce shape his Fibonacci bowl.

Aryana B. Londir and Kit Carson talking about how they met and their craft community.

Lapidary Sam Wallace talks about selecting stones.

Metalsmith Tom Joyce gives historical perspective on the notion of “craftmanship of necessity.”

Kit Carson talks about what he defines as craft.

Ken Loeber and Dona Look talk about art as a way to communicate.

Dawn and David Wallace talk about their parents' work.

Jan Yager talks about the purpose of her work.

The Williamsons describe the creative process involved in designing and fabricating their work.

Joseph "Ronnie" Pringle talks about Philip Simmons, who was like a father to him.

Joseph "Ronnie" Pringle talks about working with Philip Simmons.

Carlton Simmons talks about working with Philip Simmons.

Jewelers and professors, Dave & Roberta Williamson, take their students to the Brothers Antique Mart.

The American College of the Building Arts is the first college in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Arts program in the Building Arts.

Jonathan Wahl, Director of the Jewelry Center, talks about the range of Jewelry programs at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Director of the Jewelry center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Jonathan Wahl, talks about the thrill of teaching beginner students to make jewelry.

John Paul Huguley, founder of American College of the Building Arts, talks about Philip Simmons the collaborative process in creating a gate for clients.

John Paul Huguley, Founder of the American College of the Building Arts, talks about the building arts.

John Paul Huguley talks about the tradition of blacksmithing and the blacksmithing program at the American College of the Building Arts.

Humans weren't the only victims of Katrina. Thomas Mann talks about an abandoned dog named Wall Street, as part of his Storm Cycle series.

Thomas Mann speaks about inspiration for the Angel panel of Storm Cycle.

Thomas Mann speaks about the Mud 'n Mold panel from Storm Cycle.

In this 40 second excerpt, jewelry artist and sculptor Thomas Mann talks about the heart form and his Techno Romantic designs.

Pennsylvania jewelry artist Holly Lee shows us some of the shapes and treatments she uses in her metalwork.

Artist Marina Marioni shows us a ring called Be Prepared and talks about her brief stint as a Girl Scout Brownie.



Watch the installation of Albert Paley's Encore sculpture on Park Avenue.

Albert Paley designs forged hardware and chandeliers for a private home.

Albert Paley paints The Promise at Maple Grove Enterprises.


GLASS

William Morris demonstrates glassblowing at the Museum of Glass.

Einar and Jamex de la Torre demonstrate hot sculpting at Pilchuck Glass School.

Anne Gould Hauberg talks about the Studio Craft Movement and Pilchuck Glass School.

The de la Torre brothers speak about choosing a medium for self expression.

Preston Singletary talks about his heritage, how native people can change, and Tlingit mythology.

Paul J. Stankard, artist in glass, assembles a botanical, using flameworked components.

Watch students flameworking at Salem Community College in New Jersey.

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 Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Gay LeCleire Taylor, talks about the history of Southern New Jersey glass.

This excerpt shows Beth Lipman working with gaffers and assistants Alexandra Lozier, Jeremy Popelka, Erica Rosenfeld, Isaac Tecosky and Leo Tecosky at Urban Glass in Brooklyn.

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 Joyce J. Scott's work, including the No Mommy, Me series and Man Eating Watermelon.

Glass artist Paul Marioni remembers hearing about Hiroshima as a child. He shows us two sculptures he has created, titled Hiroshima.

Seattle glass artists Dante Marioni and Preston Singletary met in high school and have stayed connected, personally and professionally, ever since.



FIBER

Gustina Atlas of Mississippi Cultural Crossroads talks about how she quilts.

Deborah Cross explains how she works.

Pat Courtney Gold demonstrates the full twine turn, and discusses the technique.

Friends of Timberline weaver in Silcox Hut at Timberline Lodge, speaks about looms.

Mary Jackson 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.

Randall Darwall on the machine vs. the handmade.

Hystercine Rankin talks about what quilting means to her, and how she gets ideas for quilting patterns.

Patty Crosby, Director of Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, talks about Mrs. Rankin’s National Heritage Award.

Pat Courtney Gold describing the imagery on her baskets.

Mary Jackson explains how rice is separated from the chafe using a Fanner basket, and see her Unfinished basket.

Patty Crosby talks about the foundation of the Mississippi Cultural Crossroads and segregation in the community.

The Bringles talk about Penland School of Crafts: its roots, foundation and current classes.

Billie Ruth Sudduth talks about the mathematical component of her baskets, and explains the Fibonacci sequence.

Dona Look takes us on a tour of her studio and work processes.

Jim Bassler, 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.

Beadworker, Teri Greeves, shows us her naming ceremony outfit.

Jeri Ah-be-hill, 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.

Watch a close up of Jim Bassler weaving.

Teri Greeves and her mother, Jeri Ah-be-hill, talk about Kiowa leggings and naming outfits.

Joyce J. Scott explores the Soul Erased series of prints with curator Amy Raehse.

Joyce J. Scott shows us a beaded necklace with a particularly strong message.

Lisa Sorrell talks about why she loves the art and craft of making custom boots.

Bootmaker Lisa Sorrell shows us how she measures a person's foot and then chooses and customizes the appropriate boot last.

Bootmaker Lisa Sorrell shows us how she cuts and forms vamps.

Watch a two minute preview of Terese Agnew and Portrait of a Textile Worker.

Artist Faith Ringgold talks about the process of creating the Tar Beach story quilt.

Students at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School sing Anyone Can Fly by Faith Ringgold.

Designer Brian Murphy and weaver Randall Darwall talk about incorporating clothing fragments into garments.

Sculptor, designer, activist, textile artist, Tanya Aguiñiga talks about her childhood crafting.

Sculptor, designer, activist, textile artist, Tanya Aguiñiga talks about the community of Maclovio Rojas in Mexico.

Sculptor, designer, activist, textile artist, Tanya Aguiñiga talks about Chicano Park in San Diego.

Lia Cook speaks about her Doll series.

Lia Cook talks about her jacquard loom.

Dorian Bergen discusses the history of ACA Galleries.




PAPER/BOOK ARTS
Tom Killion talks about his influences and inspiration as an artist.

Kathleen Walkup, Director of Book Art Program at Mills College, talks about and shows us important books.

Tom Killion talks about the handprinted book vs the trade edition book.

Julie Chen talks about her process.

Julie Chen talks about how she discovered book arts.

Tom Killion talks about when he first sold his art.

Kathleen Walkup, Director of the Book Art Program at Mills College, talks about the short history of book arts.



TV SERIES

  • Watch a preview of the Origins episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Process episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Messages episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Family episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Threads episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Crossroads episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Forge episode.
  • Watch a 3 minute preview of the Forge episode.
  • Watch a preview of the Craft in America series.