Baskets_500In this episode we talk with Nicholas R, Bell who works at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and is the curator of A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets. The exhibit is on display this fall, and there is a beautiful catalog with essays by Bell as well as a forward by folklorist Henry Glassie. My conversation with Bell  covers a range of topics including the nature of revival and revitalization of traditional crafts, and the threats facing the future of basketmaking in the United States today.

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