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On Craftcast.com, host Alison Lee takes you through the world of Crafting, from interviews, product reviews, and do it yourself tutorials. Craftcast.com is the only podcast where you can listen, learn, and create!
Oct 5, 2017
Talking with Kathleen Nowak Tucci
Feb 9, 2016
Talking with Robin Kramer from Flourish & Thrive Academy
Today I talk with Robin Kramer from Flourish & Thrive Academy, where jewelry designers go to get business savvy. You'll love hearing the insights Robin shares about the ins and outs of having a successful jewlery design business. Plus what’s new in the CRAFTCAST studio, some techie stuff and my favorite new book. For today’s bonus question, I ask Ms. Kramer the most important thing you can do before showing your jewelry to a buyer. You’re not going to believe her answer!
Feb 8, 2016
Talking with publisher, Sage Bray
Today I talk with artist, writer and publisher of The Polymer Arts, Sage Bray. You'll love hearing what inspires her to create and her passion for all things polymer. Plus some updates on how 2016 is unfolding in the CRAFTCAST studio and some other crafty goodies I think you'll love. For today’s bonus question I ask Ms. Bray for her best advice on how to get your work or an article published in a magazine. You can listen to the bonus here on the CRAFTCAST APP. You’re not going to believe her answer. :)
Oct 27, 2015
Talking with Erich Bergen, Actor and Perfomer
Today I talk to actor Erich Bergen. You can see him on CBS’s Madam Secretary and the movie Jersey Boys. Oh so fun! Plus, all kinds of news. And guess who got married??? Today’s bonus question I ask Mr. Bergen for his best advice on how to enter the professional world of acting and entertainment. You can listen to the bonus question by getting the CRAFTCAST APP You’re not going to believe his answer.
Mar 10, 2015
Talking with Marney Makridakis, author and coach
Today I talk with, Marney K. Makridakis, the author of Hop, Skip, Jump and founder of the online community ArtellaLand.com. You will love hearing her ideas on how to add more play into your life. Also, some apps and software I love and a song from the talented Beth Hirch. Topics covered: paper by 53, evernote, creative play Get all the links under the podcast sections at: www.craftcast.com
Mar 5, 2015
Talking with Jonathan Tilley, speaker and creative coach
Today I talk to author and Ted Talk speaker Jonathan Tilley about how make the career switch to freelance. Jonathan gives great advice on how to make a successful transition from 9-5. Also class news updates and reviews of some great new craft products. Get all the links at: www.craftcast.com
Sep 21, 2014
Talking with attorney, Denise Gosnell
Back from summer vacation and starting off the fall talking with attorney, Denise Gosnell. Plus lots of new LIVE ONLINE classes and exciting news here at craftcast.com! Get all the info and links at: www.craftcast.com
May 1, 2014
Talking with Carol Allen, Astrologer and Relationship Coach
Today’s guest is Carol Allen, a Vedic Astrologer and Relationship Coach. Such a fun talk and I learned, among other things, all about “highly sensitive people”. I bet a lot of you will relate! Also, some great craft books to share and an app that’s a must have. For all of today's links go to www.craftcast.com
Apr 10, 2014
Talking with Bruce Metcalf, artist, teacher and author
Today I talk with Bruce Metcalf. We dive into some pretty touchy subjects. You’ll want to hear Bruce’s opinion on the state of craft in todays market. Also, I have some books, tools and apps I’ve discovered that I think you will enjoy! Check out all the links at craftcast.com
Apr 10, 2014
Don't Quit Your DayDream PLEASE!
Yes, you read right. DAY DREAMS are messages right from the heart. We all have them. They’re the ideas and pursuits we should be doing but have let other stuff get in the way. I know the stuff that gets in the way. Things like not enough MONEY or not enough TIME or what if it doesn’t WORK or I don’t know HOW. UGH Just taking that first step can be so confusing and scary that it stops us right there. But We keep thinking about those dreams and saying “ Someday" I’ve been there. I started CRAFTCAST.com 10 years ago as a simple little podcast. I had NO idea about computers or the internet, but I knew I wanted to connect with other artists and it seemed possible using computer tools. So here’s a way you can start taking action right now, and bring that DAY DREAM to reality. Click HERE
Feb 25, 2014
Talking with Sam Bennett, author of Get It Done
Today I talk with Sam Bennett, author of "Get It Done" and the creator of The Organized Artist Company. Lots of great tips and ideas for getting done what is most important to you instead of leaving last on the list. Plus lots of news about the new craftcast website. Make sure and get the CRAFTCAST app with special BONUS material so you can hear Sam’s top 3 tips on how to get that project started!
Feb 25, 2014
Talking with Matthieu Cheminee, goldsmith, teacher and author
Today I talk with Matthieu Cheminee, jeweler, teacher and author. Matthieu has some interesting stories to share that you won’t want to miss. Plus lots of product reviews. Get all the links at: craftcast.com
Feb 22, 2014
Talking with polymer artist Merrie Buchsbaum
Today I talk with Merrie Buchsbaum. Merrie a self-taught polymer artist. Plus lots of tech and book reviews you'll want to know about. Find all the links you need at: www.craftcast.com/podcasts
Nov 13, 2013
Talking with art historian, Rachel Carren
Today’s guest is Ms. Rachel Carren, an artist and art historian. Plus lots of news about the new craftcast website. Make sure and get the CRAFTCAST app so you can hear Rachel’s BONUS advice on how to get your art work seen by museum curators.
Oct 10, 2013
Talking with Susan Tuttle
Today I talk with photographer and artist, Susan Tuttle. For all of today's shownotes visit: craftcast.com
Jun 30, 2013
Talking with Cynthia Tinapple
Today I talk with Cynthia Tinapple from polymerclaydaily. Get links to all of today's resources at: www.craftcast.com
May 17, 2013
Talking with Harriete Estel Berman
Today I talk with artist Harriete Estel Berman who uses post consumer recycled materials to construct artwork and jewelry with a social commentary. She is currently writing an ongoing series of PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES for artists to help and promote practical solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community. Please go to www.craftcast.com for all the show notes.
Apr 2, 2013
Talking with Kristen Rask
Today I talk with Kristen Rask, the proud owner of SCHMANCY in downtown Seattle.A store with a mission to provide quirky toys, collectibles and original art work to the world. Also today music by Jill Stevenson, plus some new favorite books, apps and movies to share. Get all the links you need at: www.craftcast.com
Nov 30, 2012
Talking with Arthur Hash, Instructional Support in the metals program SUNY New Paltz
Today I talk with Arthur Hash. Arthur is a metal artist as well as the Instructional Support Technician, Metal Program State University of New York, New Paltz, New York. Interesting title for a fascinating job, plus Arthur is incredibly generous sharing his knowledge. Also, a crafting book I passed over at first and then took a second look, and so glad i did. Plus an App I love. I love Grace Mclean’s music and you get to hear her new song; Cabbie Landlord Use the link to buy her album. Visit www.craftcast.com for all the links of products in today's show.
Oct 18, 2012
Taking with Marthe Le Van
Today I talk with Marthe Le Van. After eleven years as an editor for Lark Books, Marthe set off on a new adventure and started her own retail jewelry store called Mora, located in Asheville North Carolina. Listen in as Martha shares her journey from editor to shop owner, and the challenges and rewards she found along the way. Make sure and visit www.craftcast.com for all the links talked about on today's show.
Oct 2, 2012
Talking with Jena Coray, aka Ms. Modish
Today I talk with Jena Coray, aka Ms.Modish. Jena shares important information on how to find your ideal client. Plus, I review a knitting book, an app I love and a movie you don’t want to miss. Check out all the links at www.craftcast.com
Sep 21, 2012
Talking with Abby Kerr,brand editor and digital copywriter.
Today I talk with Abby Kerr from abbykerrink.com. She has lots of great advice to tune up your website and start the fall off right. Also,I have some books, apps and tools to share, plus the latest news from the craftcast.com studio.
Jul 9, 2012
Talking with Mary Hettmansperger
Today I talk with Mary Hettmansperger, multi-media fiber artist and author. Spoiler alert: Lots of laughing and good times. I also have a perfect summer app you'll want and a great new fiction read to enjoy, plus lots of news to share with you from the CRAFTCAST studio. Come to www.craftcast.com for all the notes and links talked about on today's show.
Jun 6, 2012
Talking with Allison Arden
Today I talk with Allison Arden, publisher of Advertising Age and author of a new book called; The Book of Doing You will love to hear what she learned about staying in the creative flow! Plus make sure and get the CRAFTCAST app so you can hear Allison’s best tip on getting unstuck from your creative rut! Get all the shownotes at: www.craftcast.com
May 27, 2012
Talking with Monica Lee
Today I talk to Monica Lee from smartcreativewomen.com Listen in and get some insight into starting your own business. Plus, I talk about some new books and apps I love. Remember to “Get your butt in the chair and keep crafting!” xo Alison www.craftcast.com
May 3, 2012
Talking with Alan Revere
Today I talk with Alan Revere, the founder and director of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Mr. Revere shares his thoughts and expertise on the craft of metal smithing plus what went into producing his new book, Professional Jewelry Making. If you have the CRAFTCAST app, listen to the bonus file as Alan shares his best advice for making your way into juried shows and competitions. Also today I talk about a few of my favorite new craft books and mobile apps.
Apr 6, 2012
Talking with Gordon Uyehara
Today I talk with award winning metal clay expert Gordon Uyehara. He shares with me what it's like being an artist in Hawaii and how it influences his work. Make sure and get the CRAFTCAST app so you can also hear Gordon’s share with you his must have tool in the studio. It will surprise you! I also review some an exciting new fiber book, perfect for spring, plus info on a few crafting tools and websites that I know you’ll love. Check out craftcast.com for all the new crafting video downloads.
Mar 26, 2012
Talking with Susan Tuttle
Today I talk with photographer and collage artist, Susan Tuttle. Susan shares lots of photography and photoshop resources, plus don’t miss listening to the bonus file where she shares her favorite photoshop secret technique. Also in today’s show I have a new polymer book you’ll want to check out and some fun new apps to download. Today’s music is by Jenny Mayhem. Come to www.craftcast.com for all the links.
Feb 16, 2012
Talking with Jennifer Chin
Today’s guest is jewelry artist and author of Hot Connections Jewelry, Ms. Jennifer Chin. We talk all about soldering, creating, and everything in between. Also, I have my favorite new website and viewing obsessions to share. Plus make sure you buy the craftcast app so you can watch the bonus video. I show you how to make a simple tool you’ll want to have in your jewelry tools stash. Music today is by Mike Doughty.
Jan 31, 2012
Talking with Stu Kestenbaum, Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Today I talk with Stuart Kestenbaum, the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. If you have ever thought of traveling to Maine to attend a session, you will want to listen, as Stuart shares about the magical place called Haystack. Also today, some reviews of my favorite new addictions, plus information on an upcoming FREE webinar February 8th, called “I Love Tools” Register for it here. www.craftcast.com
Jan 16, 2012
Talking with Cynthia Tinapple
Today I have a fun chat with polymer clay artist and blogger, Ms. Cynthia Tinapple. She talks about her trip to Nepal where she taught polymer clay techniques to a very receptive audience of female artists. Plus, some new books and websites to share with you, and the latest classes at www.craftcast.com.
Dec 8, 2011
Talking with Nikki Hardin
Today I talk with Nikki Hardin, Founder and Publisher of Skirt! Magazine. She is a writer, editor, and blue Kentucky girl exiled in South Carolina. Listen in on our talk about living the creative life and how she started her magazine. Also, a fabulous new how-to jewelry making book you will love and a new wordplay interactive website I'm addicted to. Today's musical guest is Katie Pearl singing, I'll Be Waiting Plus, make sure and come over to www.craftcast.com for your FREE invite to our Online Virtual Book Signing Party. We are giving away $100's of dollars of prizes. Our holiday gift to you!
Nov 14, 2011
Talking with Hazel Wheaton
Today I talk with editor of Art Jewelry Magazine, Hazel Wheaton. Also, some new books you'll love and lots of www.craftcast.com news.
Oct 21, 2011
Talking with Bruce Pepich
Today I talk with Mr. Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum. Listen to his exciting news and hear all about the boundary breaking exhibition of polymer art that opens this month.
Sep 30, 2011
Talking with Julia Usher
Today I talk with baker and author, Julia Usher. Plus a fun visit to O magazine I want to tell you about, and a new craft book I love. Check out all the show notes at www.craftcast.com To hear what Julia had to say about her must have tools in the kitchen, purchase the CRAFTCAST app available for both iPhone and Droid.
Aug 23, 2011
Talking with Janet Echelman
Today I talk with public works artist, Janet Echelman. Don't miss what Janet has to say about one's imagination. Also, a fun little app and some great books to share, plus an update on upcoming classes and a "hold the date" announcement. www.craftcast.com
Aug 20, 2011
Talking with Todd Henry
Today I talk with Todd Henry, author of "The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice". Lots of great information about how to get your personal creative process one you can count on. Also 2 fun apps I love and a book you will want to hear about. Come over to www.craftcast.com for information on craft classes and craft class recordings.
Aug 9, 2011
Talking with Michelle Ward
Today I talk with "When I Grow up Coach", Michelle Ward. Plus a few new apps to talk about and a fabulous new knitting book. Get all the show notes at www.craftcast.com, plus information on upcoming LIVE classes and class recordings.
Jul 26, 2011
Talking with artist Terry Kovalcik
Today I talk with illustrator and metal clay artist, Terry Kovalcik. Plus, two new books I love, and updates on the new LIVE classes from the CRAFTCAST studio. Get all the show notes at: www.craftcast.com
Jul 11, 2011
Talking with publisher Jo Packham
Today I talk with Jo Packham, one of the most established and notable figures in the how-to publishing industry. Plus a book review, and my trip to Vermont to study with Celie Fago. Get all the show links at: www.craftcast.com Download a craft class recording here
Jun 16, 2011
Talking with cake spy, Jessie Oleson
Today I talk with head spy Jessie Oleson from cake spy.com, who promotes seeking sweetness in everyday life with sugary confections. Music by Chris Ayer. For all of today’s showlinks come to:www.craftcast.com
Jun 6, 2011
Talking with Holly Becker from Decor8
Listen to my talk with Ms. Holly Becker, from Decor8.com. We talk about decorating your home, writing a blog, plus all the dates and places where you can find Ms. Becker on her book tour. Find all the links for today’s show at: www.craftcast.com Plus, check out all the new CRAFTCAST class recordings here.
May 24, 2011
Alison Lee talks with marketing expert Bruce Baker.
Today's theme is marketing, and not at Whole Foods, but how to market your art. I am fortunate to have Mr. Bruce Baker as today’s guest. Bruce has been teaching marketing, explaining all the in’s and out’s, and the do’s and don’ts for years. Bruce is passionate about how to market your art. He knows and understands it all. It’s great to learn from one that is successful at what they do. Get a pen and paper and listen in. For all the show notes go to: www.craftcast.com
May 9, 2011
Talking with with Michael Orland and Piesha McPhee, American Idol voice coaches
Today I talk with Michael Orland and Peisha McPhee, song and voice coaches on American Idol. Hear what goes on behind the set each week getting contestants ready to go LIVE in front of millions! Also learn how YOU can get coached by these experts! Plus, lots of other CRAFTCAST news, including a "don't miss" movie, an inspiring new "decore" book, and where to get "Parisian Romance Fruit Tea". Get your butt in the chair, and keep CRAFTING! Subscribe to the CRAFTCAST feed.
Apr 11, 2011
Talking with Harriete Estel Berman, an artist who creates sculpture with social commentary.
Today I talk with artist Harriete Estel Berman who uses post consumer recycled materials to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns and sculpture with social commentary. Come to www.craftcast.com and get all the links for today's show.
Apr 1, 2011
Talking with Eric Maisel, America's foremost creative coach.
Today I talk with Eric Maisel, America’s foremost creativity coach, and author of the new book, Mastering Creative Anxiety. Also, news and reviews of apps and books. Make sure to get all the links for today’s show at www.craftcast.com
Mar 19, 2011
Talking with Tim Adam
Today I talk with Tim Adam about his new book, "How to Make Money Using ETSY". Tim shares his expertise on how to be successful with your ETSY store. Also, all the news here in the CRAFTCAST studio including information on upcoming classes and new recordings for sale.
Mar 10, 2011
Talking with Jennifer Lee, author of The Right Brain Business Plan
Sorry everyone, the last file of this show got corrupt. This should fix that. :) Today I talk with Jennifer Lee, author of the book; The Right Brain Business Plan. Listen in as Jennifer makes the concept of writing a business plan seem fun, creative and totally doable. App, books, and movie reviews plus all the news here in the CRAFTCAST studio. New classes and recordings available.
Mar 7, 2011
Talking with Jennifer Lee
Today I talk with Jennifer Lee, author of the book; The Right Brain Business Plan. Listen in as Jennifer makes the concept of writing a business plan seem fun, creative and totally doable. App, books, and movie reviews plus all the news here in the CRAFTCAST studio. New classes and recordings available.
Feb 14, 2011
Talking with Christine Kane
Today I am talking with Ms. Christine Kane, creative coach and inspirational speaker. Christine and I talk about the entrepreneurial spirit, and how to stay focused on your creative path. Also, a few new books I love and some LIVE class info update. Plus, make sure and check out the new class recordings available to download. www.craftcast.com