craft in america

craft in america
After twenty-five years of representing artists and the handmade at Freehand, Carol Sauvion felt the need to increase awareness of the fine crafts that are being made in America and the community of people who are dedicated to a life in this unique art form. Craft in America is a multi-faceted project that has produced a film series for PBS, a book that serves as an introduction to the history of the handmade in America since the Industrial Revolution, a web site that provides a place to learn more about craft, and now, a study center open to the public. For more information about Craft in America, please visit

CRAFT IN AMERICA, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based 501c(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to document and advance original handcrafted work through educational programs in all media. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series dedicated to exploring craft in our nation, continues Season Five with SERVICE. The current episode airing on PBS 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 artists include Eugene Burks Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos.
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Artists and places featured in past episodes:

Joe Cunningham, quilter
Bethanne Knudson at The Oriole Mill, fiber artist
Libby O'Bryan at the Western Carolina Sewing Company, fiber artist
Graham McKay at Lowell's Boat Shop, boat builder
Shane Yamane, jewelry artist
Jan Lee, designer and furniture maker
Lucy Mingo of Gee's Bend Quilter's Collective, quilter
Mary Ann Pettway of Gee's Bend Quilter's Collective, quilter

Harley Refsal at the John C. Campbell Folk School, woodcarver
National Gingerbread Competition at Grove Park Inn
Biltmore House
Susan Garson, ceramic artist
Garcia Art Glass
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez, tamale makers
Veronica Castillo, ceramic artist
Kathleen Trenchard at Navidad in San Antonio, paper artist

Chloe Darke, silversmith
Old Newbury Crafters
Tom Pullin, metal artist
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Albert Paley, sculptor

Tanya Aguiņiga, fiber and furniture artist
Lia Cook, fiber artist
Clary Illian, ceramic artist
Warren MacKenzie, ceramic artist
Jeff Oestreich, ceramic artist

Faith Ringgold, quilter
Randall Darwall, weaver
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, weaver
Terese Agnew, quilter

Cliff Lee, ceramic artist
Holly Lee, metal artist
Dante Marioni, glass artist
Marina Marioni, jewelry artist
Paul Marioni, glass artist
Ed Moulthrop, wood turner
Matt Moulthrop, wood turner
Philp Moulthrop, wood turner
Lisa Sorrell, leather artist

Charles M. Carrillo, painter and sculptor
Beth Lipman, glass artist
Thomas Mann, jewelry artist and sculptor
Joyce J. Scott, bead artist

92nd St Y
Dave & Roberta Williamson, jewelry artists
Cary Esser, ceramic artist
Nikki Lewis, ceramic artist
Kansas City Art Institute
North Bennet Street School
Julie Chen, book artist
Tom Killion, printmaker

Philip Simmons, blacksmith
Jugtown Pottery
Mark Hewitt, ceramic artist
Teri Greeves, bead artist
Jim Bassler, fiber artist
Paul Stankard, glass artist
Vernon Owens, ceramic artist
Pam Owens, ceramic artist
Travis Owens, ceramic artist

Pilchuck Glass School
Sarah Jaeger, potter
Ken Loeber, metalsmith
Dona Look, basket artist
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Denise & Samuel Wallace, jewelers
Smithsonian Craft Show

Jan Yager, jeweler
Kit Carson, jeweler
David Gurney, ceramic artist
Richard Notkin, ceramic artist
Timberline Lodge
Mira Nakashima, woodworker

Mary Jackson, basket maker
Garry Knox Bennett, furniture maker
Pat Courtney Gold, basket weaver
Sam Maloof, furniture maker
Tom Joyce, metalsmith
Cranbrook Art Academy