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Staying true to one's inspiration and passion can be challenging in a world which seems to obsess on efficiency and automation - not to mention a far cheaper labor pool overseas. To me, viewing this series can feel like a reassuring hug when those pressures make you question the very fire that feeds your soul.
It helps to answer the question:
Craft In America - Why do we do this?
We do this because it is important.
These are the very things that make us who we are. The titles of each segment explain it well; It is what connects us to our history, family, our community. It is communication and contemplation. Collectively, it is a distillation of the American spirit. The interviews are a glimpse into the diverse personalities and motivations that bring us back to who we are..
and - bonus! - it is a frequently entertaining, thought provoking, and often inspiring slice of life we are invited to share.
FYI - The DVD set "The Craft In America Collection" includes the following episodes:
The two episodes
are currently not in this set and are sold individually.
If your creative batteries are running low or if you want to see examples of how people live/think differently through their art, you should watch this DVD.
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.
I can't recommend this DVD highly enough.
"Craft in America" feels like an extended, slightly more elaborate version of those "Reading Rainbow" vignettes, focusing on talented craftspeople throughout the United States. The bulk of the footage is simply these artists at work, set to a soundtrack of their own voices describing their history, process, motivations, inspiration, and the quirks of their craft. Again, very simple. But also refreshing in its simplicity in this age of glossy television, manipulated, teased, and edited beyond recognition for maximum drama and suspense.
In many ways, "Craft in America" feels oddly homey and familiar, almost predictable, down to a rendition of the Quaker song "Simple Gifts" in the title sequence. Yet its predictability is more an asset than liability. The filming feels free of gimmick and the interviews feel candid, honest, and low-key. There's no agenda here other than to document American craft. This transparent approach, which could have amounted to a middle-of-the-road insipidity, is saved by the thoughtful artists themselves, who come across as imaginative, dedicated, and quite grounded.Read more ›
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I am such a fan of the Craft in America series. For the longest time I have only had one DVD and played it incessantly for inspiration and information... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jan Cieloha
All of the Craft in America series is outstanding. It's heartening -- especially in these automated, technology driven times -- to witness the commitment and craft of these... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Private
It is the time that the artist excels past the mechanics to expression that make you want to try the different arts for yourself. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by bernie
this CD is totally different from the individual CD's by season. Still is good, but there are Crafts people missing from the original series. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by oldladyloomis
Once again, PBS has provided an interesting, educational film showcasing the unique talents of several craftspeople. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Joanne Tannone
I plan to reorder Craft in America for myself. This was a Christmad present and I want one for me.Published on December 21, 2012 by Joan M. Norman
This series of Craft in America is a very fine one. We enjoyed every craft person and learned more about that person's life as well as their work.Published on November 27, 2012 by charles
This is an excellent program for inspiration. It was especially insightful to learn of families who work together in crafting.Published on March 16, 2012 by Catherine A. Kessel