'Craft In America: Teachers'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: CRAFT IN AMERICA, the award-winning documentary series, is a journey to the artists, objects, techniques, and origins of American craft. 'Teachers' highlights the renowned individuals who are equally committed to their own artistic visions and to sharing their skills and passion for craft with students and artists of all ages.
DVD Verdict: We all grew up, at school, with teachers. Well, ok, maybe you were homeschooled and had a parent teach you, but that still counts. Or maybe there was no school for you, but in your first job you were instructed on how to do said job - that counts also, for Teachers come in all shapes and sizes (quite literally) and so this brand new 'Craft In America: Teachers' documentary from PBS is a rather delightful look into these selfless people.
Concentrating on four just-so Teachers, Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and her sister, Lynda Teller Pete, learned the craft of weaving by observing family. Join the Teller sisters as they teach at Idyllwild Arts Native American Arts Program and outdoors amidst the natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, the ancestral home of the Navajo people, where weaving is a way of life.
In Honolulu, Hawaii, artist Mark Mitsuda introduces professional glass forming techniques to his students at Punahou School. Watch as Mitsuda makes objects of utility, which he finds carry meaning for his students as he teaches the craft of glassblowing.
In Omaha, Nebraska, Therman Statom, a major figure of the Studio Glass Movement, decided to start programs for underserved students. Witness the excitement of Therman's class at the Hot Shops Art Center as he demonstrates how art and glass blowing inspire youth.
And finally, Alfred. For New York is home to Alfred University, School of Art and Design. Here, students perfect their craft and learn to become professional artists. Watch as Professor Linda Sikora describes the College of Ceramics graduate program, where conceptual thinking elevates the approach to clay. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.