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CRAFT IN AMERICA
Borders

 

This new episode explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other and their cultures. Featuring over 25 artists – weavers, ceramists, papermakers, jewelers, muralists, altar makers – these episodes take viewers to and from the U.S. and Mexico, exploring the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross over and back again.

 

Borders
Features: master altar maker Ofelia Esparza; master weaver J. Isaac Vásquez Garcia and family; weaver Jim Bassler; potter Veralee Bassler; and artist Kiff Slemmons and maestro Francisco Toledo at Taller Arte Papel.

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Neighbors

 

This new episode explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other and their cultures. Featuring over 25 artists – weavers, ceramists, papermakers, jewelers, muralists, altar makers – these episodes take viewers to and from the U.S. and Mexico, exploring the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross over and back again.

 

Neighbors
Features: ceramic artists Gerardo Monterrubio, Carlomagno Pedro Martínez and Magdalena Pedro Martínez; glass artist Jaime Guerrero; silver designers William Spratling, Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda, Carmen Tapia, Cristina Romo, and Eduardo Herrera; muralist Judy Baca.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Ceramist

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

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Master ceramist David MacDonald shares his talents with Eric as they work with clay and make a bowl.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Fly Rod Makers

 

Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.

 

The Fly Rod Makers
Eric and master bamboo fly rod makers, Jeff Wagner and Casimira Orlowski, make a rod together, underscoring Eric’s belief that “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.”

 

Kaneko’s Monumental Risk

 

This documentary explores the life and work of Japanese-American sculptor and artist Jun Kaneko. Kaneko is known for building the largest ceramic art pieces in the world, with some towering more than 13 feet without any interior support. Over the course of his 50-year career, Kaneko has created massive public art installations in plazas, gardens, airports, city parks and convention centers. The film follows Kaneko working around the world in places like San Francisco, Kyoto, New York, Nagoya, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta and his adopted hometown of Omaha. It also looks at the evolution of his work from painting in a realistic style to his abstract sculptures to his risky opera design with the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute.

 

The profile culminates with a look at the multi-million dollar creativity center he built in Omaha to encourage people to unleash our risk-taking and creative sides.

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Teachers

 

Follow artists committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations. Featured are weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete of New Mexico; ceramicist Linda Sikora of New York, and glassblowers Therman Statom of Nebraska and Mark Mitsuda from Punahou School in Honolulu.

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
Celebration

 

This episode explores craft artists, objects and traditions of various holidays. Featured are lion dancers and float builders of San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, Kwanzaa celebrations in Chicago and Oakland, and woodblock Christmas cards made by Yoshiko Yamamoto in Washington state.