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Knoxville glass artist inspires a violin concerto on PBS

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Violinist Tessa Lark with Richard Richard Jolley's Cycle of Life, Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity, installed at the Knoxville Museum of Art

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning series that explores America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade, announces a new episode.

Glass artist Richard Jolley
Glass artist Richard Jolley shapes glass with lead assistant James A. Breed in his Knoxville, Tennessee studio.  Denise Kang

HARMONY bridges the art forms of music and craft, celebrating the joy of music and the creation of handcrafted instruments, featuring: glass artist Richard Jolley, whose monumental glass installation inspired a violin concerto.

Watch the Richard Jolley preview here. Watch the HARMONY episode preview here.

Craft in America travels to Knoxville to meet with artist Richard Jolley and his masterwork, Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity, a monumental glass sculpture installed at the Knoxville Museum of Art that inspired the commission of a violin concerto. With a career that spans over 40 years, Richard Jolley is one of today’s most accomplished glass sculptors. His figurative work uses organic forms to explore the breadth of the human experience; from the body to nature to science.

Also featuring: accordion maker Marc Savoy and the Savoy family; bow maker Susan Lipkins; and luthier Doug Naselroad and the Appalachian Artisan Center Culture of Recovery program.

Published December 3, 2021

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