O.K. Well to be honest – in my daily life I don’t interact with anyone using terms that annoy me. I guess I ought to could myself lucky! Yes it bugs me when I see people calling Resin Cold Enamel. It isn’t. Or commercially made parts strung together Handmade Jewellery.
….. But really….. it would be much more fun to uncork the can of Craft Vs. Art.
Which camp does Jewellery fall into?
Does *all* jewellery get judged as one or the other?
~AND~ Who gets to make this decision???
…. Does it really matter ?
….So. The short answer. Jewellery, in my opinion, is both.
It can be as beautiful, thought provoking, and unusual as Art. As much of an object.
And, it has function. (= Craft.) Many, in fact. But the only *real* important one being ~ to give the wearer Pleasure. 🙂
Traditionally, the title of Craftsman held high esteem. From the dictionary –
1. – a professional whose work is consistently of high quality;”as an actor he was a consummate craftsman”- a person engaged in one of the learned professions
2. – a creator of great skill in the manual arts;”the jewelry was made by internationally famous craftsmen” – a person who grows or makes or invents things
3. – a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
I for one am honoured, should anyone chooses to refer to myself as an Artist, or a Craftsperson. It’s a Compliment I will gladly take.
In my mind, I am a skilled Craftsman, who creates Art like Jewellery 🙂