TV Worth Watching: Craft In America

Craft in America, a PBS series, “explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade.”Each of the more than dozen episodes is a thoughtful compilation of makers’ stories around a theme, for example teaching, origins, memory, and community.  Included among the craft folk are more than 30 potters and ceramic artists.

Tune in to learn about some of the late greats including Harrison McIntosh, Peter Voulkos, and Warren MacKenzie, as well as younger ceramicists such as Nikki Lewis and Travis Owens.  For an insightful segment that will perhaps leave you musing about your own pottery and its potential meaning, see what motivates former Marine Ehren Tool in the episode called “Service.”

Craft in America is a Los Angeles based non-profit.  The organization’s creator, Carol Sauvion, is the director of Freehand, a Los Angeles gallery on 3rd Street that has specialized in functional craft since 1980.