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CRAFT IN AMERICA: Season Two: Origins

Airs Wednesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Vernon Owens, a sixth-generation master potter, has been making pots at Jugtown Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina, for more than 50 years. Pictured: Owens throwing one of the traditional candlesticks for which Jugtown Pottery is famous.

The American craft tradition did not just appear, fully-formed and mature. Where have our craft practices come from? How do they continue? The artists featured in “Origins” tie their work to early craft techniques and demonstrate how they are involved in passing these techniques to others in a continuum of creativity.

Artists: Philip Simmons, blacksmith; Vernon Owens, master potter; Teri Greeves, beadworker; Jim Bassler, weaver and teacher; Paul Stankard, glass artist.

Virtual exhibitions of the best examples from established masters and emerging artists are viewable online.