Craft In America

CRAFT IN AMERICA visits America's premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. Using archival footage and interviews with some of the top artists in the country, the three-part series showcases the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture.


Watch Craft In America - Clips, Episodes & Previews


Craft In America By Episode

  • Memory (#101)

    The first episode takes a personal tour through craft's history in America.

  • Landscape (#102)

    The second episode examines the relationship of craft artists with their physical environment, which serves as a source of materials and inspiration.

  • Community (#103)

    The final episode focuses on the spiritual connection between artisans and their communities.

  • Origins (#201)

    "Origins" focuses on the origins of the American craft movement and features artists who tie their work to early craft techniques and pass these techniques to others in a continuum of creativity.

  • Process (#202)

    "Process" looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and demonstrates how they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills.

  • Messages (#301)

    This episode of "Craft in America" looks at the ways many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression.

  • Family (#302)

    This episode explores the creative home environments and personal dynamics of four families of craft artists and asks: Is talent inherited? What's it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand? In this episode, former President Jimmy Carter shares stories of Ed Moulthrop, a fellow Georgian who is known as the father of modern woodturning.

  • Threads (#401)

    Explore woven textiles and story quilts by artists Faith Ringgold of Harlem, Randall Darwall of Cape Cod, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood in California and Terese Agnew in Wisconsin.

  • Crossroads (#402)

    This episode explores America as a crossroads: a land where craft evolves from global influences, a place of exciting intersections between modern technology and the handmade.

  • Forge (#501)

    "Forge" profiles exceptional artists who are working in what may be the only tangible example of "alchemy" we have - the forging of metal magically transformed by fire.

  • Holiday (#502)

    This program celebrates some of our most important traditions.

  • Industry (#503)

    "Industry" explores the business of the handmade, going into workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies.

  • Service (#601)

    "Service," part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military.

  • Music (#701)

    Focus on the makers of finely crafted handmade instruments - guitar, ukulele, trumpet, banjo and timpani - and the renowned musicians who play them, including Joan Baez, Jake Shimabukuro, Rhiannon Giddens, Scotty Barnhart, Tony Ellis and Joseph Pereira.

  • Celebration (#702)

    This episode explores craft artists, objects and traditions of various holidays, featuring Lion Dancers and float builders of San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade, ceramic artists in Detroit making festive pieces at Pewabic Pottery and Motawi Tileworks, Kwanzaa celebrations in Chicago and Oakland, and woodblock Christmas cards made by Yoshiko Yamamoto in Washington state.

  • Teachers (#801)

    Follow artists committed to passing on their skills and passion for craft to new generations.

  • Nature (#802)

    NATURE celebrates the beauty, inspiration, and future of the American landscape.

  • Borders (#901)

    Explore the relationships and influences Mexican and American craft artists have on each other and on our cultures.

  • Neighbors (#902)

    Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to explore the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross from one country to another and back again in an organic and ongoing cultural exchange.

  • California (#1001)

    Explore craft practices definitively Californian, from Native Americans continuing ancient traditions, to contemporary artists expressing new iterations of the art of the handmade.

  • Visionaries (#1002)

    Meet artists, curators and collectors who envision limitless possibilities of craft and imagine new methods of achieving that vision.

  • Quilts (#1101)

    Learn about contemporary quilters as we celebrate the role quilts have played in our country's story.

  • Identity (#1102)

    Artists explore issues of gender, race, culture and place, offering true expressions of their experiences in this world.

  • Storytellers (#1201)

    Meet artists who use narrative to communicate personal and universal truths.

  • Democracy (#1202)

    Explore how craft is intertwined with our nation's defining principles.

  • Harmony (#1301)

    Celebrate the joy of music and the creation of handcrafted instruments.

  • Jewelry (#1302)

    Explore the history, artistry and impact of personal adornment.


NHPBS Over-the-Air Broadcast

WENH-TV Ch. 11 Durham

WLED-TV Ch. 48 Littleton

WEKW-TV Ch. 18 Keene

W50DP-D Ch. 50 Hanover

W34DQ-D Ch. 34 Pittsburg

Cable and Satellite Channels


NHPBS NHPBS Passport Passport

Ask This Old House | E28 | Garage Door, Plumbing Fixes | Ask This Old House
This Old House | E28 | Saratoga Legacy Restored | New Vision
Ridley Road | Episode 1
Changing Planet | Episode 1
Finding Your Roots | Where Did We Come From?
The Trick | The Trick
Antiques Roadshow | Natural Wonders
Great Performances | Now Hear This
Sanditon | Episode 6
Nature | American Arctic
Chamber Music Society Returns | Bringing Down the House
Rise of the Nazis | Barbarossa
Benjamin Franklin |
Big Sonia | Big Sonia
Austin City Limits | ACL Presents: Americana 20th Annual Honors
American Experience | Zoot Suit Riots
Poetry in America | Sonnet IV; I shall forget you presently, my dear, by Millay
America's Test Kitchen | Italian-Inspired Dinners
Before We Die | Episode 1
Unguarded | Unguarded
America ReFramed | Fannie Lou Hamer's America
Yndi Yoga | YNDI Flow for the Knees, Back and Hips
An Evening with Lerner and Loewe - Broadway in Concert | An Evening with Lerner and Loewe - Broadway in Concert
NOVA | Great Mammoth Mystery
Around the World in 80 Days | Episode 8
Local, USA | Heaven: Can You Hear Me?
Christina Cooks: Back to the Cutting Board | Mangia Fagioli
Second Opinion with Joan Lunden | Antibiotic Resistance
Just a Mortal Man: The Jerry Lawson Story | Just a Mortal Man: The Jerry Lawson Story
Independent Lens | Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
POV | Not Going Quietly
Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse | Brandon Victor Dixon