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Professional crafts and necessary skills

by Gerald - 11:33 on 14 November 2010

Bronze casting is a highly skilled craft bordering on a mystical dimension. It differs from fine art as it is a means to an end for the production of sculpture.

Tapestry weaving falls uncomfortably between fine art and craft. It's labour intensive, therefore extremely expensive to make, although the materials have little intrinsic value; a few pounds of wool and flax.

The application of fine art principles to useful objects is the essence of craft-based activity. This includes such things as architecture, furniture, fabric design, pottery and jewellery.

No doubt many architects will object to the description of their profession as more craft than art based, especially those architects who like to describe their buildings as sculpture, when it so obviouly isn't.


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