Craft in America

(Rochester, NY) – Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series discovering the beauty, significance and relevance of handmade objects and the artists who make them, kicks off its 10th season on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9 p.m. with Quilts followed by Identity at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. For more than a decade, Craft in America has taken viewers on cultural journeys across this nation, honoring the multiplicity of traditions that have come to define our country. 

Craft in America: Quilts looks at how quilts carry meaning, are rich with history, emotion, memories and beauty. They tell stories that would otherwise not be told, each one as unique as their maker. The episode includes visits with: Carolyn Ducey, Curator of Collections and Executive Director Leslie C. Levy; historian and storyteller, Ken Burns, an avid quilt collector; Susan Hudson, a Navajo/Diné artist, quilter, fabric designer, teacher, author and lecturer, Victoria Findlay Wolfe; Michael A. Cummings, a nationally recognized narrative quilter; and Judith Content uses inspiration from nature and a Japanese resist dye technique, arashi shibori, to create glorious freeform wall quilts. 

Craft in America: Identity explores how artists challenge accepted norms of gender, race, culture and place, offering truer expressions of their experience in this world. The episode includes: Diego Romero, a potter living and working in Santa Fe, NM, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo tribe; contemporary photographer Cara Romero, a member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation of the Mojave Desert, CA; and Cristina Córdova, sculptor, lives and works at Penland, far from her birthplace, Puerto Rico.

Identity also features Wendy Maruyama, furniture maker and educator. Born an American of Japanese heritage, Maruyama nurtures her artistic talent as a highly accomplished woodworker and furniture designer in a field dominated by men, and in the process, surmounts challenges related to her deafness and disability. Maruyama is one of the first two women to receive a Masters of Fine Arts in Furniture Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has been a professor of woodworking and furniture design for over thirty years. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally, with solo and group shows at The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, and the Fuller Museum of Craft, MA, among others. Her work can be found in many national and international museum collections and is represented by the Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA.

Photo: Wendy Maruyama in her studio.
Credit: Courtesy of Denise Kang



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