'Craft in America, Season 1'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: 'Craft in America, Season 1' explores the history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on the nation's cultural heritage. "Memory" focuses on the historical relevance of craft through the eyes of several contemporary pioneers in the field. "Landscape" examines the interdependent relationship of craft artists to their media and the natural world.
DVD Verdict: Here on this highly-popular PBS TV series, the consistent high quality of the interviews and the visuals, and the enormous diversity of the featured artists, 'Craft in America, Season 1' a stand-out in the art documentary genre. It emphasizes each artist's sense of place, as well as illustrating the way creative traditions are fused with culture and passed down over generations. A must-see for anyone interested in the creative process.
This newly-released single disc collection of the first series, "The Craft In America Collection" includes the following episodes: Memory, Landscape, Community, Origins, Process, Messages, and Family.
There are so many talented, dedicated artists in this series, and I love how idiosyncratic and unconventional they are. They live outside the mainstream and yet their work is such a part of who were are as Americans. Potter David Gurney, Jewelry maker Kit Carson and so many others will leave you wanting more out of the way you live your life and interact with the world around you. They may inspire you to live more artfully.
Oh, and if you were not aware, Craft in America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.