WASHINGTON, DC – Are machines liberating people, so they can pursue more rewarding work? This is one of the questions posed by the Economist’s bi-monthly 1843 magazine in an article on the rise of the craft economy in the District of Columbia (and elsewhere). Over two days, we crisscrossed the outskirts of the DC metro area making portraits of potters, leather workers, distillers, and pickle-makers to accompany the piece. These second-career artisans welcomed us into their creative spaces and were more than happy to share their genuine enthusiasm for their carefully crafted life. Pictured above from the top (left to right): Kuzeh Pottery, Katie Stack of Stitch and Rivet, Gordy’s Pickles Jar co-owners Sheila Fain and Sarah Gordon, and Sandy Wood and Alex Laufer of One Eight Distilling. Read more about them in the article by Ryan Avent and take a look around 1843; it’s a great forum for the long read with articles that have substance and get you thinking.