Master craftsman Kiva Ford (kivaford.etsy.com) toes the line between scientific beakers and delicately curlicued vessels. At his furnace, the intangible takes shape.

Witness master puppet maker Geahk Burchill breathe life into Asenath, the Appalachian witch.

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Sarah Faber's art dolls tell tales of dire lives of Victorian England, but not without a certain playful wink.

Women in the village of Lefkara, Cyprus, have been embroidering lace since the 15th century. Now this regional handicraft, recently nominated to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Element collection, is dying out -- replaced by machine-made replicas imported from abroad to meet the demand of tourists.

With a deep-seated passion for beading, Tlingit Native elder Mabel Pike is dedicated to passing on the traditions of her clan's culture.

Handmade Portraits: Chain Reaction by Etsy. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga's (http://facaro.etsy.com) social and political consciousness are reflected in the salvaged bicycle chandeliers she creates.

Inspired by fellow tech-savvy enthusiasts at hackerspace Hive76, inventor Jack Zylkin (http://usbtypewriter.etsy.com) gives new life to the vintage typewriter.

What would you say to the one who got away? Artist Sophie Blackall's illustrations are inspired by the Internet's love lost and found.

H.G. "Skip" Brack salvages tools from all over New England to resell at affordable prices, in an effort to support his local economy and craftsmen.

Wherever Rick and Brenda go with their six kids, they inspire curiosity. From un-schooling to art-making, it's life as usual for the Beerhorst clan.

Muralist Maya Hayuk creates more than just a painting on the wall in this once-thriving steel mill town.

One woman's passion (EnglishTransferware.etsy.com) for collecting created an unexpected opportunities when her family faced dire financial hardships.

In this Etsy exclusive, Merrill Garbus, better known as tUnE-yArDs, talks about life in the loop.

What could be a greater way to celebrate the world than acknowledging the beauty in the everyday?

As one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword.

Traditional Turning by Artisan Media. During the past 20 years Robin Wood has produced and sold over 30,000 wooden plates and bowls from his small workshop nestled into a Peak District hillside. Creating items for everyday use and making a living from his work as a craftsman is a fundamental principle underpinning Robin's working lifestyle. He seems very happy with the path he has chosen but his activities are not restricted to wood turning.

Cover of the Uta Codex, Regensburg  ca.1020. Created at the behest of the Abbess Uta, it is not only one of the most beautiful of Ottonian manuscripts but also one of the most complex.

Art by Jamie Salmon

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Embroidery by Joetta Maue