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Re: Art Or Crafts?

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Hingham - Foster - Cynthia - McKeon (cmckeon)
Thu, 13 May 1999 14:27:13 +0100


I usually dislike this making this comparison, but when it comes down to
the bare bones definition, I do it this way:

I usually define crafts as originating from the creation of utilitarian
objects - though the craftsmanship might be excellent, and most of the
same design decisions might be included, the overall thought is that the
object must first and foremost be useful (eg, a cup to drink from, the
creation of something warm to wear, etc.). Fine art is first and
foremost based on an idea, with any usefulness secondary to the idea of
how an audience might react. In this definition, art created with clay
could be defined as either a craft or fine art form depending on the
artists/craft person's intent - is it meant to be used or viewed?

Cynthia, South of Boston