Trumansburg's Jamin Uticone, a native of Seneca Falls, NY, will be featured on the Smithsonian Channel's "40 Under 40" series to air Tuesday, January 14th at 9:00 pm.
The Smithsonian Channel's website describes the series as young artists who collectively represent the future of contemporary craft. Go behind the scenes of the "40 under 40: Craft Futures" exhibition, featuring traditional and non-traditional works of decorative art created by the top 40 American craft artists under the age of 40. Observe this wildly creative and diverse exhibition, assembled for the 40th anniversary of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, and witness the challenges and rewards of bringing together 40 unique artists at the top of their craft.
Uticone's handmade black ash baskets appear in the Smithsonian Museum. Handmade black ash baskets were once as common and important as the potatoes, corn and berries they carried. Replaced today by commercially mass-produced containers, quality ash baskets and their makers are becoming rare. Fortunately, great artists continue to share their knowledge of this thousand year-old craft.