Art vs. Craft?

You’ve heard the debate before — is something art, or is it craft — or worse, neither? Who gets to decide, and does it matter?

Traditionally, “craft” has referred to work that requires a particular mechanical skill, like carpentry, weaving, or pottery. Crafted objects are usually useful and perform a particular function will.

Art, on the other hand, does not appear to have that kind of stricture on it; a painting arguably does not have a specific purpose other than an abstraction such as the pleasure or appreciation of the viewer.

What do you think?


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