Art or Craft - what's the difference?

@GreenMoo (11842)
March 30, 2008 7:06pm CST
I was pondering this when I was surfing around on a crafters forum earlier today. What's the difference between art and craft? Do they merge into one another? I reckon that a craft is something that turns into a useful object, whereas art is just for decoration. But if you painted a design onto a pottery plate that you made, which would that be? What do you other crafters think?
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• United States
31 Mar 08
I agree with Rubies very much so. A craft is something you make, and its usually used for something. I think an art is something to look at, music you hear, its not necessarily used, its just there to enrich us.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I think that is a very good explaination...a fine lines exists between them. But a craft is sometimes useful...and art eye candy.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Apr 08
I hadn't thought to include music under my art category, but you are absolutely right to. It adds another dimension to the 'there to enrich us' school of thought.
• United States
31 Mar 08
It's a good question and I don't know if there's a correct answer. I've been told I make wearable-art jewelry. I don't deal in jewels like diamonds precious stones. Those that create with them are often called jewelers. I deal with glass beads, beach glass,polymer clay, etc. I have had buyers ask me to sign my poly clay pendants because they considered them works of art. I never considered them to be pieces of art, but I guess they really are.
@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Apr 08
I reckon they're trying to increase the value of their piece. When you hit the big time, their investment will skyrocket in value if it also includes your signature :-) Jewellery is on the dividing line between the two I suppose. Although you are making an object (a craft?) you are making it for purely decorative reasons (art?). Thanks for taking the time to respond.
• United States
31 Mar 08
I have wondered this is as well. I often view art as communicating something, creating something simply for the beauty of it. Craft is creating something that is meant to have a purpose, a usefulness. Art is a means in itself. Craft is a means to something else. Art is free flowing, does not follow directions, and speaks from the soul. Craft is more directed, has some feedom but within limits, speaks a little from the soul but more from the mind. Sometimes the line between the two is blurred. But, you can make more $$ if you call it art. lol. I don't know if any of this is "true" it is just my take on the whole concept of art v craft.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Apr 08
So true about those $$$!!! Of course, one person's idea of art is so different form the next person's too, so i don't suppose there's a 'correct' answer to this question.