Craft in America visits America’s premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. Using archival footage and interviews with some of the top artists in the country, the three-part series showcases the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture. airs Mondays – Fridays at 5 p.m.
#202 – airs 9/6 at 5 p.m. – “Process” looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and demonstrates how they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills. This episode also reveals
#402 – airs 9/12 at 5 p.m. – This episode explores America as a crossroads: a land where craft evolves from global influences, a place of exciting intersections between modern technology and the handmade.
#503 – airs 9/17 at 5 p.m. – “Industry” 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.
#601 – airs 9/18 at 5 p.m. – “Service,” part of the PBS veteran’s initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts & 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 are Eugene Burks, Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos.
#902 – airs 9/26 at 5 p.m. – Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to explore the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross from one country to another and back again in an organic and ongoing cultural exchange.