Remember to watch this three-part 10-years in the making show tonight on PBS!!!! Check your local listings for air time, but I believe it shows at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm, depending on your location.
Each one-hour installment focuses on an aspect of craft’s role in American society: memory, landscape and community. Each installment highlights the work of four or five artisans.
Narrating their own segments, the artisans describe the often circuitous routes they took to mastering their crafts, the passion that propels them and the intangible rewards they receive from their work.
The media in which they work — from glass to clay, wood, fiber and metal — are as diverse as their locations. But taken as a whole each narrative builds on the central theme of the segment.
I’m especially interested in seeing the basketmakers: Dona Look, birchbark basketweaver from Wisconsin, Mary Jackson with her South Carolina coiled sweetgrass baskets and Pat Courtney Gold with her Native American basketweaving.