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- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Craftsman Defined
- From: "John G. Henry" <jhenry@WILLOWTREE.COM>
- Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 08:29:15 -0600
- Message-Id: <199803121429.GAA26272@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
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>On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, Dorothy Africa wrote:
>> Just out of curiousity, is there a craftsperson on the list who would
>> accept this definition of craftsman??
It occurs to me that it is the mind (creativity) that divides a crafsperson
from an artist. If I were to rework the simplistic definition stated earlier
I would have to juxtapose the final two lines as follows:
"A labourer works with hands alone.
A craftsperson works with hands and heart.
An artist works with hands, heart and head."
I think there are many craftspeople who produce fine work that gives them
great pleasure and they put all of themselves into the task. Add a touch of
inventiveness and creativity to those same labors and the work becomes a
piece of art and the maker, an artist.
John G. Henry - Craftsman