I would like to take a moment to point out that teaching an art form that is
identified as a craft does not necessarily eleminate teaching the design
principles. The same design principles that enable us to create good paintings
or sculptures also enable us to create good craft forms. I sometimes think we
are way to quick to identify and vilify something as a craft. There is nothing
wrong with the crafts until someone turns them into "mondey-see-monkey-do"
type lessons. But those same people do that to painting also. I am amazed at
the number of people in the visual arts who have extremely narrow ideas about
what is art.