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Clay-Covered Memories:
Master Potter Blanka Gomez de Segura

During the Folklife Festival, I found myself repeatedly drawn to the Basque pottery tent where ceramicist Blanka Gomez de Segura worked through each day on her wheel. I was hypnotized as she appeared to effortlessly guide mounds of red clay into shapely bowls, plates, pitchers, and vases. … Continue reading Clay-Covered Memories:
Master Potter Blanka Gomez de Segura

A Thousand Things Connected: FandangObon at the Festival

It was the Fourth of July, and it was raining. Martha González, lead singer and songwriter of GRAMMY-winning band Quetzal, had just finished performing in a lively FandangObon performance at the 2016 Folklife Festival. During our interview, she said that she recognized us as audience … Continue reading A Thousand Things Connected: FandangObon at the Festival

Escaping the Holocaust: Stories from the Kindertransport

Near a cluster of trees, Joel Darmstadter shifted in his chair and folded his arms. A poster, taped with black-and-white copies of old family photos, slipped onto the grass. In an interview following his presentation at the 2016 Folklife Festival’s On the Move: Migration and Immigration … Continue reading Escaping the Holocaust: Stories from the Kindertransport