Few art forms put you in touch with nature like making pottery. You're literally molding the earth with your hands. Tennessee Crossroads met a Burns, TN couple who found they had a knack for creating art inspired by the leaves on their trees. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
Few things have the power to affect us the way art and literature can. Images and words can inspire greatness, cause despair or bring us joy. Recently, Tennessee Crossroads' Ed Jones met a Leiper's Fork, TN artist who combines images and the written word to bring about a sense of peace in the viewer. Join Nashville Public Television to learn more about the story of David Arms.
We're often fascinated by the works of artisans from around the state, along with the personal stories behind their works. Tennessee Crossroads brings you the story of a guy who was lured from computer software sales to leather. A craftsman who pursues his passion at a Nashville, TN boutique and shop called Emil Erwin.
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The master craftsman in our next story is originally from merry old England, but his love for making fine instruments first brought him to Music City nearly 40 years ago. Since then, he's built or repaired guitars for rock and roll royalty from Aerosmith to U-2. Join us on Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads and meet a guitar maker with a rich history in the music business.
This artist fell in love with metal work in high school. Bouncing around from job to job, it took him several years to finally realize that following his dream was the only answer to finding job satisfaction. Cindy Carter recently visited the workshop of Ashland City, TN native, Keith Herendon. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
Building tables, most tables, seems like a pretty straight forward process. A factory can turn out thousands of them every day. Ed Jones recently met a North Dakota native who doesn't make "most tables." His methods are different too. They involve a lot of sawdust, and a little whiskey. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
It's impossible to over-estimate how much the arts enrich our lives. Music, sculpture, and paintings can transport us to another world, or give us a new appreciation for the one we're in. A new friend of Tennessee Crossroads, Ciona Rouse, recently discovered a place in Lafayette, TN that helps local artists share their gifts with the community. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
When asked how he created one of his sculptures, Michelangelo said that he saw an angel in the marble and carved until he set him free. Rickey Chick recently met a Manchester, TN artist who has a similar approach when it comes to carving wood. Here's the story of Roger Bennett and Clear Branch Woodworks. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
A Knoxville, TN artist with two passions, which happen to compliment each other. One that starts hot: glass blowing. And one that ends cold: craft brewing. Gretchen Bates met him recently, and has the whole "pretentious" story. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads.
Many of us will see a historic home and appreciate it for being just that. Others will see the same home and experience a feeling of a spiritual connection to the place. That is very true of Char Potterbaum, who decided to do something about those feelings. Tennessee Crossroads recently went to Smyrna, TN to take a walk with Char at one of her favorite places. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Char Potterbaum - Fabric Artist.