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Old 08-06-2018, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Craftsman or Artist?

Which one do you consider yourself to be?
I consider myself to be a little bit of both.
Without art, there is no design.
Without design, you can't be a craftsman.

Or so I've been told.

So, which one (or both?) are you?
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Craftsman with just a touch of Artist thrown in.
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can take this question to many levels. It has been asked Is this a hobby or a business?? Are you a pen turner or a pen maker?? Now a craftsman or artist. Well I feel you need to be a craftsman to be and artist but do not need to be an artist to be a craftsman. I am and always will call myself an artisan and this spans artforms other than pen turning. I have the skills to be a craftsman and some artistic skills to create. You can ask do you have the vision to create works of art and also the skills to carry them out. So what I am getting at it is not cut and dry but the question can go deeper.
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My aspiration is to have my work viewed as art while being admired for its craftsmanship. Maybe some day I'll get there, but I suspect that trying to get there may be a whole lot more exciting than actually being there.....

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Old 08-06-2018, 01:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I probably fall more into the bucket of "Bless his heart, at least he tries hard!"
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Old 08-06-2018, 02:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am referred to as an artist at the Gallery n Gifts but I feel woodworker or craftsman feels better.
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Old 08-06-2018, 02:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I went with Artisan when I first started doing leatherwork decades ago. As such, have stuck with that.

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Old 08-06-2018, 03:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think that by definition, the qualifier is whether or not the product is used for something besides "looking at." That withstanding, if you make pens that are, in fact, functioning useful writing instruments, you are a craftsman. If you make pens (or whatever) for the sole purpose of being admired, then you are an artist. Just had this conversation with a colleague who took exception to the use of the word "artists." "Artistic" or not, "craft" is "craft." Nothing wrong with being a craftsman/woman. Hardly makes you less useful. Again - by definition, it makes you more "useful." Good luck with your argument, folks. Call yourself whatever makes you feel important and then live up to it.

(Friendly advice to the good listeners: Don't "call yourself" anything. Ply your work and let others call you whatever they want - except late for supper. Word to the wise.)
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm an engine builder that makes nice pens :) I consider myself a tinkerer. It may take a month to make a pen for me. But I do alot of other turnings
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Given the choice between the two, I'd consider myself a craftsman. Even the ugly (and I mean ugly) pens I originally turned years ago were functional.
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