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When Craft becomes Art

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When Craft becomes Art

  Art vs. Craft – part three   In part one of Art vs. Craft; I rolled through some of the aspects for the term, “craft”. Good or bad, craft tends to rely more heavily on the mechanical end of the creative process – that is, the physical act of making something. In part two; I made my attempt at defining “art”, or more specifically, ” fine art”. Ambiguous terms such as the word “art”, are almost impossible to define in a concise way. That is why I believe the ambiguity of these words has been at the root in the questioning of...

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Fine Art – Concept gives Longevity

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Fine Art – Concept gives Longevity

     Art vs. Craft – part two   In part one of Art vs. Craft; I covered what craft is considered to be when working in mediums like glass or wood. I have been making what some people refer to as art glass and art glass sculpture for quite some time now. As an artist, sculptor, designer, and glass blower most of my life, I have seen and heard the word “art” used and attributed to more things than almost any other word I know… but what makes something art, or what is sometimes called “fine art“?  Fine Art – Concept gives Longevity. Fine art is an...

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Is it Art or Craft? – Does it Matter?

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Is it Art or Craft? – Does it Matter?

 Art vs Craft – part one   As the studio glass movement has matured, the debate over what is craft and what is art seems clearer. My perception of this divide has influenced my approach with sculpture and working with glass as a medium. I’ll start with the craft end of things since manipulating a material is usually the first thing one does while learning something like glass blowing or woodworking. Craft – Technique driven, it’s that simple… or is it? Making an object that is driven by the pursuit of perfect technique will usually result in a decorative object...

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