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Interview with Visual Artist: Isabel Urbina Peña

By Molly Super Thorpe
October 11, 2017

By Molly Suber Thorpe Isabel Urbina Peña is a freelance art director and alumna of [email protected] and ProDiseño. Originally from…

Jake Weidmann & The Apple Pencil

By Hannah Weidman
October 10, 2017

We’re excited to share a series of blogs from Calligrafile, a fantastic resource and catalog for lettering artists.  The first post…

Why Nothing Writes Like a Fountain Pen

By Tim Redmond
October 7, 2017

by TIM REDMOND Thirty-two years ago, when I was a young writer struggling to pay the rent and eat, I…

The Enduring Allure of The Harmonica

By Gaynor Strachan Chun
September 14, 2017

Someone once described the sound of a harmonica as 50% child, 50% old soul. Whether you love the sound of…

Hopeful Answers for a Climate Heavy News Week

By Todd Oppenheimer
August 11, 2017

The news cycle has been overwhelmed this week by reminders of climate change’s impacts, both projected and immediate. Almost immediately…

Love Your Food? 5 Reasons You Should Cook in Clay Pots

By Gaynor Strachan Chun
August 9, 2017

In our Summer Issue, we have a fascinating article on the mystique of cooking in clay. It may seem to…

Do-It-Yourself Gelato: How to Attempt the Sweetest Craft at Home

By Stella Lemper-Talatsky
August 5, 2017

By Stella Lemper-Tabatsky, an undergraduate student in her 4th year at University of Pennsylvania.  Stella is an intern at Writer’s Grotto,…

What’s with all These Summer Beer Gardens?

By Will Callan
July 31, 2017

By Will Callan: Writer, runner, and cold water swimmer, living in Oakland, California.   As we pass through midsummer, it’s…

The Winter of Our Disagreement? Has Trust Disappeared?

By Stella Lemper-Talatsky
July 18, 2017

We welcome Stella Lemper-Tabatsky as a guest blogger. Stella is an undergraduate student from New York City, entering her fourth…

The Craftsmanship of Riding Waves

By Amy Adams
July 12, 2017

Three Surfboard Shapers That Handcraft The Perfect Ride An open azure sky. Wind-sculpted waves crashing at their peaks. The scent…

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Our Summer Issue , on "Artisans of the World" is now winding up. If you missed it, it offers several new short films, along with compelling new feature stories such as "Argentina’s Textile Crusader" and "Mexico’s Master Guitar Makers." You'll also find shorter articles on our blog, and a handful of new audio stories (now available through some of the top streaming services, with more channels coming soon).

Craftsmanship Podcasts

We recently launched our first series of audio stories, narrated by several of San Francisco’s American Contemporary Theater (A.C.T.) MFA students. More will be posted in the coming weeks.

Coming Soon

Many of you have asked us about work-shops, studios, and schools where you can learn a craft or hone skills in your chosen craft. While doing our research, we discovered that a comprehensive source for this information does not yet exist. So, we are setting out to create one. We will bring you more details soon.