No offense to anyone out there who is a craftsman, but the last post had a few comments saying some of my work was craft category. I find myself bristling at that word, even though I appreciate people pointing me to possibilities and directions, it just brings back a few memories of arts and craft festivals and seeing the little wooden bird houses or signs or crap that is just repetitive un-creative blobs of stuff.
Craft vs fine art. I googled it. There are fine lines. I prefer to think of my RR Clocks as functional, contemporary art. Granted craft appears to be functional rather than aesthetic, there are plenty of 'big named famous artists' who have made functional art and they were not considered craft artists. There is no craft in my skills believe me. I am not a woodworker, I am not a furniture maker, I am a visionary even before I am an artist. A craftsman knows how to do things and do them well. Use tools. Make replicates of work. I've only made two pieces, those coil clocks and gutter pencil things ~ that does not make me a craft artist. Those are multiples. There is a difference.
Studio craft includes studio pottery, metal work, weaving, wood turning and other forms of wood working, glass blowing, and glass art. (this from wikipedia)
I'm none of those above. NONE.
Fine art includes photography (which I do), sculpture (which I do) From wiki: The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but the purity of the discipline.
Believe me I'm not craft. Craftmanship = skillfulness. I'm not that. I've had collectors buy my art and I doubt they consider it craft. Okay, let me get off this high horse before I fall down and break my neck.
*and there is nothing wrong with craft. NOTHING. It just isn't a label I choose to put on my art. I know there are beautiful wonderful amazing works that are in craft festivals. I'm probably more of a raw artist than a craft artist if you want to foist a label on my work. Even that I don't like as it alludes to insanity. Can't I just be a contemporary artist? What do you readers call yourselves and WHY? Fine craft...even that I don't think fits my clocks just because they are functional. Maybe I'm just too sensitive about the word craft, maybe I am just too aware of how little skill I have in comparison to creativity. (wheres daphne when I need her!)