Craft in America "Process" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 08/14/2011 - 2:30pm

Pictured: Julie Chen's "Panorama" detail.

Credit: Courtesy of Sibila Savage

The craft artist is, more often than not, an inventor of process. 

Craft in America “Process”, a filmed journey of the history, artists and techniques of our nation’s rich craft culture, airs Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011). 

“Process” looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and shows how each goes about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills. Artists and institutions featured include New York City’s 92nd Street Y; Professor Cary Esser, of the Kansas City Art Institute, and Nikki Lewis, a recent graduate of her ceramics program; Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, the director of Boston’s North Bennet Street School, which has been training people for employment in the crafts since 1885; book artists Julie Chen and Tom Killion; and jewelers David and Roberta Williamson. The episode also looks at some of the best and most interesting artists who turned to craft as a second career later in life.

Some of America’s best (and most interesting) artists turned to craft later in life as a second career. CRAFT IN AMERICA examines what has driven them to reinvent themselves — and by so doing perhaps fulfill the craftsman’s credo best: live craft as a calling, not just a career.

Craft in America “Messages” airs Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).



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