I still think that there is more to "Craft" than process or skill. I
also think that the craft medium or what may be classified as a craft
can be closer to pure 'Art' than some paintings or other traditional art
mediums found within the commercial world.
Part of my own perspective comes of course from my own experience. As a
young art student in college I just could not understand why there were
differences and lines drawn between art and craft. To me everything I
had learned as a painter I could convey in stained glass, as my
room-mate could in a weaving. My first departures in stained glass were
interpretations of my paintings. Sometimes I still think people think
craft objects have to function in a certain way. Why does the medium of
a visual creation define it as Art or Craft?
Yours in Art & Life,
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Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 08:44:44 -0700
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From: Robert Beeching <robprod>
Subject: Re: The craft/art/"folk" thing again.
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Everyone may begin as a craftsman/craftsperson (whatever) with
(process/skill) development, i.e.technique; becoming an artist is another
matter; many may attempt to play the "cello"; few become Yo Yo Mahs,
DaVincis or Michaelangelos; the problem; we have used terms like "artistic"
and "creative" without understanding the basic foundations for these words;
consequently: everyone is an "artist" and "creative" because it sounds
elevating; very democratic; but doesn't change the personal condition.
At 07:55 PM 5/28/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Still there is more to this 'old saw' with distinction between 'Art' and
>'Craft' than skill or technique. What about a craft artist's love for
>the handmade object? Or what about an artist's love or empathy for a
>particular medium, which more divides the lines between art and craft?
>In a book I found about twenty years ago, "Search for the Real", Hans
>Hoffman writes about an artist's empathy for an art medium which drives
>the creative process. As an artist who pursues to create within a
>medium known as a 'craft', I find many lines and barriers. Just look in
>any well established prospectus of a juried exhibition and you will note
>what is not included, thus making those divisions very clear. These
>divisors also well exist within our own student juried exhibitions/
>competitions, such as Scholastics. We can promote that they are all
>equal, but the real world treats each still very differently.
>Yours in Art & Life,