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Craft Is Good; Crafter Is Not -- Cerf+ Survey Results


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#1 bciskepottery

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:30 AM

CERF+ has posted the results of its survey on "Craft".

http://craftemergenc... the discussion

Over 3500 responses. Craft is good; crafter is not.

#2 S. Dean

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

I absolutely despise the term crafter.  You can add foodie to that list too. 



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:27 PM

Yup, I'm right there, too. "Crafters" have become synonymous with hot glue guns and glitter and making everything out of mason jars and burlap.

Good to know that someone else dislikes the term foodie! I can't place my dislike on that one....it just makes me twitch.

#4 Matt Oz

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

Crafter has never bothered me, and you can call me what ever you want as long as you buy something from me.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:25 AM

My older sis once she learn i make pottery suddenly was gifting me stuff with gingham print and such...it was very odd as i am not a country decor kinda person...seems somehow she saw pottery as a country craft, she was picturing bean pots and crocks. She is the only one to make this assumption tho. I don't use crafter, craft or any such term...i use potter, pottery and clay art because craft and crafter seems to have become a term for those making stuff from patterns and pinterest. Its like locally you can't call your pottery ceramics because that is what the cast ware at the paint your own pottery shops call the stuff from molds. Craftsman and craftsmanship is still good, tho round here it tends to be used by wood workers instead of potters.

#6 Stellaria

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:34 AM

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.

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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.



#8 Chris Campbell

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:26 PM

I had a mother in law who "used to do ceramics" ... she was a warm, loving woman who enjoyed every second of her evenings glazing green ware. So when someone taps into that as a way to start a conversation with me, I tend to go with it in a friendly way. It doesn't take much to get them looking at your work and maybe buying a piece or two.

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?


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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".






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