Carol Sauvion – Executive Director, Craft in America Carol Sauvion is the Creator and Director of Craft in America, the documentary series celebrating American craft and the artists who bring it to life. The Craft in America series airs nationwide on PBS.
Sauvion is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Craft in America, which holds as its mission the promotion and advancement of original handcrafted work through educational programs in all media. Projects include the documentary series; the book, Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects; and two inclusive websites: www.pbs.org/craftinamerica, www.craftinamerica.org. The Craft in America Center, located in Los Angeles is open to the public, and supports exhibitions with catalogs, artists’ talks
and workshops and provides access to a large craft library. Craft in America projects also include outreach to six public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, production of educational guides in conjunction with the premier of each episode, production of short films to enlarge upon materials presented in the PBS series and providing films and shorts to museums and craft organizations nationwide.
To help advance knowledge of the handmade, Sauvion participates in conferences and screenings, juries exhibitions and lectures on craft. She is currently on the board of the American Craft Council.
Craft is Sauvion’s lifelong passion. For the past 40 years, she has been the director of Freehand, her Los Angeles gallery specializing in functional craft. Prior to her involvement in the gallery, she was a potter for ten years. She continues to make pots as an avocation. Sauvion earned a BA in Art History from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York.