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Craft In America
Craft In America
A Journey to the Artists, Origins & Techniques of American Craft
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Craft In America

Season II Episodes: "Origins" & "Process"

ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Wednesday, 10/7/2009, 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. on CPTV

The second season of the Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning series, a filmed journey of the history, artists and techniques of the nation’s rich craft culture, continues the excursion into the diverse and ever-evolving world of American craft. Learn more...

Vernon Owens, master potter

9:00 PM — "Origins"

The American craft tradition did not just appear, fully-formed and mature. Where have our craft practices come from? How do they continue? The artists featured in “Origins” tie their work to early craft techniques and demonstrate how they are involved in passing these techniques to others in a continuum of creativity.


  • Philip Simmons, blacksmith
  • Vernon Owens, master potter
  • Teri Greeves, beadworker
  • Jim Bassler, weaver and teacher
  • Paul Stankard, glass artist
Book artist Julie Chen in her studio

10:00 PM — "Process"

This episode answers many of the questions viewers of the first series have posed, including how to learn a craft, how to make a living as a craft artist and where an artist finds the creative strength to overcome the struggle with his or her demons.


  • Jonathan Wahl, director of jewelry and metalsmithing at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, and Robert “Bobby” Silverman, director of ceramics
  • Cary Esser, professor, Kansas City Art Institute, and Nikki Lewis, a recent graduate of Esser's program
  • Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, director of the North Bennet Street School, Boston
  • Julie Chen, book artist, Berkeley, California
  • Tom Killion, printmaker and book artist
  • David and Roberta Williamson, jewelers, Berea, Ohio

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