Crafts

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Nature

 

This edition celebrates the beauty, inspiration and future of the American landscape. Working with wood, glass and fiber as well as new materials, the artists profiled challenge viewers to reassess their relationship to the natural world. Throughout history, the colors, textures, shapes, as well as scents and tastes of the physical world have inspired artists to produce works of astonishing dimension and power. Featured artists include Patrick Dougherty, Mary Merkel-Hess, Michelle Holzapfel, Catherine Alice Michaelis and Preston Singletary.

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Industry

 

This edition explores the business of the handmade, going into workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. The program highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy. Featured artists include: quilters Joe Cunningham, Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway; boat builder Graham McKay; artist Bethanne Knudson; and jewelry maker Shane Yamane.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Yarn Spinner

 

This episode is all about hoof to hat. Meet Maple Smith, a retired schoolteacher who raises her own alpacas, sheers their coats, and spins yarn. Eric gets out of his comfort zone and starts knitting!

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Celebration

 

This episode explores craft artists, objects and traditions of various holidays. Featured are lion dancers and float builders of San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, Kwanzaa celebrations in Chicago and Oakland, and woodblock Christmas cards made by Yoshiko Yamamoto in Washington state.

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Holiday

 

This special celebrates various holiday traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. Kathleen Trenchard creates sparkling luminarias in San Antonio. Veronica Castillo creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life.