August 19: Thoughts for the Day

I’ve often contemplated the differences between craft and art.  I have heard some artists speak in patronizing tones of craftsmen, suggesting the latter are merely ‘mechanics’ who lack the creativity and vision required of true art.  On the other hand, I think some craftsmen believe artists lack the rigid discipline of craftsmen, who must plan and execute their work in such a way that it may be precisely replicated (if desired) over and over again.

There are other elements to consider in the matter, such as practicality versus the lack thereof. Art is said to express emotion; I think the same can be said of craft, though. Immanuel Kant suggests art is “intrinsically final,” while craft has utility beyond itself. I have no definitive answer; I just like to try to fashion definitive answers where there are none.

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4 Responses to August 19: Thoughts for the Day

  1. I agree with you, Jennifer. It’s all art.

  2. Jennifer says:

    An artist has to learn their craft. Ii like art combined with craftmanship. Innuit sculpture and just the design of their sleds and tools always amaze me, as well as Native American crafts. I consider it all art.

  3. Well said, Mr. Zuckerman!

  4. Larry Zuckerman says:

    There is always artistry in fine craftsmanship. There is always craftsmanship in fine art.

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