Craft is Art

In the West, for some reason, we decided to make a distinction between craft and art as paintings can hang on walls and pots are to hold flowers. There are some other distinctions that are less complimentary about painters and less complimentary about design.

In Japan there is no such debate, as being able to drink from a work of art is part of their sensibility to the skill in making ceramics that is equal in every way to the skill of a landscape painting.

It is a false distinction as works of art exist in craft and in art, as the exquisite can be found in the skill of the maker and has nothing to do with the predilections of collectors and the policy of museums.

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