Scottsdale artists featured in TV show, ‘Handcrafted America’


Three artists from Scottsdale will be among those featured in the second season of “Handcrafted America.”

In the first season of “Handcrafted America,” viewers and critics alike gave the series a great response.  Now, award-winning host Jill Wagner (“Christmas in the Smokies,” “Teen Wolf,” “Wipeout”) is back for a new season where she travels the country to seek out talented artisans who continue to make products the old-fashioned way: with their own two hands.

In every half-hour of “Handcrafted America,” Jill meets three gifted artisans and gets a behind-the-scenes look at how their products are created. Along the way, viewers learn about the history and cultural heritage that inspire and influence the design of their handcrafted products.

Among the artists featured in the upcoming season:

  • Newt Grover from Scottsdale who taught himself to blow glass at the age of 40
  • Larry Virtue from Scottsdale who makes old-world brass knockers
  • LaMont Mann from Fountain Hills who makes custom brass putters
  • Eric Watson from Scottsdale who makes cowboy hats in the town of Cave Creek.

Newt Grover will be featured in the season’s first episode, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Easter Time, Oct. 21. The program airs on the family-entertainment network INSP.

INSP is available nationwide via DISH (channel 259), DirecTV (channel 364), Verizon FiOS (channel 286), AT&T U-verse (channel 564) and more than 2,800 cable systems.

Click here to find INSP in your area.

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