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Re: art vs. craft


Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 17:30:58 PDT writes:

<<I think knowing the difference between art and craft is what matters. Craft

follows directions with a specific outcome or product, often somewhat copied

from an example or sample. Art has more emphasis on process and the result

of exploring and experimenting with materials.>>

Ah, a slippery snake not so easily captured or defined! I think the line
between Art and Craft can be quite blurred! At least in the highest forms.
I was a craftsperson for years, along with potters, glassblowers,
furniture-makers, etc. I know you don't intend to malign crafts, and your
attempt at a definition is a noble one (and your point well-taken!) But I
suggest this:

There are Crafts, and there are Krafts (or Krafts-with-a-K, as I say to

I teach plenty of crafts that do not follow design directions, only technical

Duffy in CT