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 with California and Visionaries. CALIFORNIA explores the diverse craft heritage, traditions and innovations in the Golden State. Featuring Pomo basket weaver Corine Pearce, silversmith Randy Stromsoe, the Arts and Crafts architecture of Greene & Greene, stained glass artists at Judson Studios, cabinet makers James Ipekjian and Jack Ipekjian, and textile artist Deborah Cross. VISIONARIES documents the ways in which artists and influencers inspire new generations to envision the limitless possibilities of craft. Featuring textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve Jack Lenor Larsen, curator Helen Molesworth and Black Mountain College, weaver Kay Sekimachi, collector Forrest L. Merrill, and book artist Felicia Rice. PBS premiere December 21, 2018
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Artists and places featured in past episodes:

Gerardo Monterrubio, ceramic artist  
Carlomagno Pedro Martínez,  ceramic artist
Cristina Romo, silversmith 
Eduardo Herrera, architect and designer
Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda, designer and jeweler
Carmen Tapia, designer and jeweler 
Judy Baca, painter and muralist
Magdalena Pedro Martínez, ceramist
Jaime Guerrero, glass artist
Museo Estatal de Arte 
Popular Oaxaca
Social and Public Art 
Resource Center

Kiff Slemmons, metal and paper jewelerer 
Ofelia Esparza,  altarista
Francisco Toledo, artist
J. Isaac Vasquez Garcia, weaver and dyer
Veralee Bassler, ceramic artist
Alejandro De Ávila Blomberg, botanist and anthropologist 
Jim Bassler, textile artist
Museo Textil de Oaxaca
Self Help Graphics & Art
Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca

Catherine Alice Michaelis, book artist 
Preston Singletary, Tlingit glass artist
Mary Merkel-Hess, metalsmith and fiber artist
Patrick Dougherty, sculptor
Michelle Holzapfel, woodturner and carver
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian 
American Art Museum

Therman Statom, glass artist 
Wayne Higby, ceramic artist
Matt Kelleher, studio potter
Linda Sikora, potter and Professor
Hugh Jenkins, glass artist
Matthew Metz, potter
Mark Mitsuda, glass artist
Lynda Teller Pete, Navajo weaver
Barbara Teller Ornelas, Navajo weaver
Alfred University
Idyllwild Arts Foundation
Punahou School

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele player
Jason Ginter, timpanist, percussionist, educator
Joseph Pereira, timpanist, composer, teacher
Joan Baez, musician and political activist
Scotty Barnhart, jazz trumpeter
Tony Ellis, composer and musician
Rhiannon Giddens, African American folk music interpreter and revivalist
Jim Hartel, banjo builder
David Monette, designer and maker of custom brass instruments and mouthpieces
Geoff Stelling, Bluegrass banjo maker
Kamaka Hawaii
Martin Guitar Company

Jeff Lee, chinese lion and dragon repairer and fabricator
Yoshiko Yamamoto, blockprint and letterpress artist
Corey Chan, martial artist and historian
Thomas Chun, dancer and musician
Babatunde Graves, kinaras maker
Yumei Hou, sculptor and master of the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting
Travis Lum, lion dancer, martial artist, and designer
Jared Young, dancer and martial artist
East West Floats
Motawi Tileworks

Pam DeLuco, Papermaker
Eugene Burks Jr., saddler
Judas Recendez, ceramic artist
J.B. Blunk, sculptor and furniture maker
Arthur Espenet Carpenter, wood worker
William Daley, ceramic artist
Harvey Littleton, glass artist and educator
Ramona Solberg, jeweler
Ehren Tool, ceramic artist
Peter Voulkos, ceramic artist
The Clay Studio

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 Aguiñiga, 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