Craft Is Good; Crafter Is Not -- Cerf+ Survey Results
Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:27 PM
Good to know that someone else dislikes the term foodie! I can't place my dislike on that one....it just makes me twitch.
Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:25 AM
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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:04 PM
I don't use the term ceramics for that very reason. Growing up, people said they "did ceramics" if they went to the paint-your-own place down the road from my house. To this day, in my head, ceramics = baby-buggy shaped planters.
I actually think the tide has turned on using the word ceramics in place of pottery. Definitely some people have the connotation that "ceramics" is the granny in the church basement stuff but since slip casting has made a comeback the term now seems to be used for the more current style of work being produced. If you put the search term "ceramics" in Pinterest a fairly modern looking collection of pots comes up. Don't know if Pinterest is a touchstone for the general populations opinion but that's another post. To avoid confusion I usually just say that I'm an artist that works in clay.
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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:26 PM
Many, many, many people have been told by others that they are not creative so who can blame them if they go crazy at Michaels once someone shows them they can indeed make creative crafts ... A whole different animal than a Craftsperson.
But I'm down with Matt on this one ... Don't care what you call me as long as the check clears. : - )
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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:35 PM
Chris, I often heard "I'm not creative or artistic" when dealing with adults. Often times these folks are professional, educated, have inquiring minds, and solve problems. I have found that after a few classes in the adult class they come up with all sorts of ideas, some of these I hadn't even explored. So in the end, I find that maybe it takes the right medium(not just paper pencil or paint), a fostering environment, and social interaction with others heading in the same direction. Who knows?
Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:52 AM
It is not surprising to me at all that the survey clearly shows "artist" being preferred to "craftsman/craftsperson".
So there is definitely still this thing between "art" and "craft".
It seems to me the term "craft artist" is an attempt to avoid the destinction between art and craft.
Who uses this term? No-one I know refers to himself/herself as a "craft artist". (But who do I know anyway?)
Could it be that some crafts people feel that adding the word "artist" adds a bit more status ?
Could it be a genuine attempt by people whose work is a mixture of art and craft ?
"Crafter" is just a stupid word, in my humble opinion.
I respect craftmanship and I appreciate art, but I do not respect the rubbish that is often presented as "art".
Posted 03 August 2014 - 01:45 PM
I have no problem with the term CRAFTER--so long as it isn't applied to me.
I really dislike ARTISAN. That's a type of bread, right? Some people seem to think it's an extra-fancy word for artist. For me, it means somebody came up with one idea and repeats it over and over. Sounds like hell.
Unfortunately, I'm not comfortable calling myself an ARTIST, either. It seems presumptuous to announce "I am an artist!" Maybe because so many of the people who have said that to me were talent-less hacks.
For example, I used to do art welding, and I was making a lot of bugs--mosquitoes, dragonflies, butterflies. I ran into a recent art school graduate I knew at a garage sale. He pointed out some hardware and said, "This isn't good enough for my art, but it would work for your crafts." A few months later, I found out he had started making welded bugs...how original.
I usually say, "I do... (whatever I happen to be enamored of at the moment). For the most part, I don't care if people think what I do is art. I do it because I have to, not to make anybody else happy.
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Posted 03 August 2014 - 03:19 PM
Wait! I figured out how I will describe myself in future:
it's quirky, ambiguous, and offers a hint of naughtiness. Totally me. If it's you, feel free to use!
Posted 03 August 2014 - 09:38 PM
I think I'm far more drawn to the work of passionate and consistent artisans that I've ever been to the work of those who call themselves artists.
Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:58 PM
An artisan is a brick layer who does repetitive work. I have always disliked the term. I am an artist.
Posted 04 August 2014 - 04:37 PM
My delight is finding the most efficient way to reach a consistent form that is just how I want it. The fact that I get bored with a particular thing and move on to a new challenge doesn't make me any less a repeat-worker I do that with everything, too. Creating sewing patterns or a piece of clothing, spinning a fine thread, forming a pair of faerie wings to completion, throwing a bowl exactly how I think a bowl should be shaped and sized, working out a knitting pattern.... None of it is art. But I take the process to Artisan level, working for intimate understanding of the process, efficiency, consistency, and beauty.
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:21 AM
Labeling my pots is easy; labeling myself, far harder... In public discussion I just fall into whatever terms the others are using, but when someone gives me money for a piece I always say something like 'thanks so much for supporting my work.' Not as b.s. but because it is a feeling that comes.
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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:56 PM
Much of the time (not all the time) when I meet people who describe themselves as an 'Artist', I find that they are the type that dabbles in lots of different media, but doesn't necessarily excel greatly in any of them. They have a 'creative spirit', but haven't focused on any one media or method enough to really hone their craft. Most artists I meet who do have a high level of craftsmanship describe themselves with more detail, such as 'painter', 'wood sculptor', 'portrait artist', 'fiber artist', etc. I think they have a great sense of pride in their craftsmanship.
Personally, I describe myself as a 'potter'. I make pots, so it's a simple, easy to understand description. I have had people say that it's not an adequate description, that I should say 'ceramic artist', but I feel no shame in making functional pots. I'll let my customers decide whether or not I'm an artist or just a craftsman. It doesn't really matter to me.
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