I overdid my activities yesterday...pickleball, weight training, tree trimming/thinning, and walking the dogs...so a day of rest is in order. And it's windy now and forecasted all day, so prudent to stay out of the forest with all the standing dead beetle killed pines.
Here's a "topper":
And there's the "shank", 30 yards away.
So having some extra time I was prompted to continue researching the Art vs Craft question. I like the Artisan concept:
"An artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewellery, household items and tools or even mechanical mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artisan
And expanding on my first reply here's some opinions by knowledgeable folks in their respective fields:
'According to Rosey Greenlees, executive director of Crafts Council in the United Kingdom, "Contemporary craft is about making things." Craft objects tend to be utilitarian. The primary purpose of a craft is function. A craft object, such as a hand-woven blanket, a basket or clay pottery, is designed to serve a distinct purpose. Craft is the transformation of raw materials into a finished product. Reeds are woven into a basket and clay is formed into a vessel. The fundamental purpose of a craft is to fulfill a need.
'Art has been described as the creation of something that represents human expression. Music, sculpture, painting and dance are generally accepted as art. Art is a symbolic expression of emotions and ideas. Dr. Robert J. Belton of the University of British Columbia lists a few of the qualities of art: to beautify, to express, to redefine reality, to illustrate, to adorn and to record. The fundamental purpose of art is to fix in a tangible form ideas, emotions and experiences.'
And also some good points about aesthetics and cultural bias.