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Craft in America

Craft in America

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  • Premiered: 
    May 30, 2007
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: arts, crafts

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Plot Synopsis

CRAFT IN AMERICA takes viewers on a journey into the diverse and ever-evolving world of American craft. Each one-hour episode highlights a specific aspect of American craft: "Memory" takes a personal tour through craft's history in America beginning with the pioneers of the field; "Landscape" focuses on the relationship between the artists and their physical environment; "Community" highlights the spiritual connection artists have to their communities through craft making; "Origins" tells the stories of artists who tie their work to early techniques and pass these practices on in a continuum of creativity; and "Process" relates how one acquires the knowledge and skills necessary to become a craft artist. The Season 4 premiere episode, "Threads," explores work by Faith Ringgold, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood and Terese Agnew -- who through story-quilts and fiber collages go beyond pure technique to tell us fictions and truths that pierce our sensibilities -- and Randall Darwall, whose luscious woven textiles affect us intellectually and emotionally through musical and visual rhythms and sensuous tactility. CRAFT IN AMERICA returned for its fifth season on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on PBS in most cities (check local listings). On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 10:30pm on PBS (check local listings), CRAFT IN AMERICA returned to explore America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, "Service," part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service, 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, this episode documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. On Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings), CRAFT IN AMERICA returned to feature fine instrument makers and renowned musicians, including Joan Baez with her Martin guitar, Jake Shimabukuro playing his Kamaka ukulele, trumpet maker Dave Monette and leader of the Count Basie Orchestra Scotty Barnhart, Tony Ellis and Stelling banjos, musician Rhiannon Giddens with minstrel banjo maker Jim Hartel, and Joe Pereira, timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with mallet maker Jason Ginter. On Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8pm (check local listings), PBS premiered the eighth season of CRAFT IN AMERICA. The season opener, "Teachers," debuted during PBS' week-long programming event that focused on education. The season debut follows artists committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations. Featured are Barbara Teller Ornelas, Lynda Teller Pete, Therman Statom, Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School and Linda Sikora at Alfred University.
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Season 9 of CRAFT IN AMERICA premiered on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). The season opener, "Borders," explores the relationships and influences Mexican and American craft artists have on each other and on our cultures. The program features traditional weaving and the creation of paper jewelry.