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« on: August 22, 2011 06:00:59 AM »

Friends will tell me that I'm an artist. This is because they are my friends and are perhaps slightly biased. I always counter that no, I'm a craftsman. Then I jokingly tell them it's because I didn't go to art school. Still, I feel uncomfortable calling myself an artist and I'm not sure why. If I had a clearly defined definition of the difference. . ..

What, to you, is the difference between an artisan and a craftsman?

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011 06:22:28 AM »

For me, I consider an artisan someone who creatively produces an item. They put imagination into it. A craftsman, on the other hand, focuses much more on technique and the purity of the item. Both the artisan and craftsman create beautiful, original items. And it doesn't mean that the artisan doesn't create a well-designed product like the craftsman does, it's just a matter of where the focus is for the creator.
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011 06:40:37 AM »

For me, I consider an artisan someone who creatively produces an item. They put imagination into it. A craftsman, on the other hand, focuses much more on technique and the purity of the item. Both the artisan and craftsman create beautiful, original items. And it doesn't mean that the artisan doesn't create a well-designed product like the craftsman does, it's just a matter of where the focus is for the creator.

What an excellent explanation!
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011 10:56:10 PM »

I studied in a Craft department at an Art college so I think for me personally it's always been more of a political thing. The craft departments (Metals, fibre, ceramics, and to a certain extent, glass) were kind of ghetto-ized. Come to think of it I've always felt like they were outside of the college as well (Folks think nothing of throwing down a few hundred on an extremely ugly oil painting, but ask for the same kind of cash for something you've made that's functional and 90% of the population will scoff) so for me personally it's an art politics thing.

For wider generalizations I've always thought the diffirence is that a craftsperson makes things with a function aside from just to be.
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