What is Craft?
The definition of craft is an ever evolving and intriguing discussion that spans cultures and time. There is much discussion centered around the distinction between and from the field of fine art, along with the relationship to it. Moreover, there is parallel dialogue about whether or not craft must be object producing or if it can exist merely for the sake of aesthetic and even further – whether or not the resulting objects must be functional.
For us at Contemporary Craft, we associate the word craft most readily with the materiality of our field and focus primarily on ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, and wood; with some deviation into paper-arts and mixed-media.
Most importantly, craft to us emanates from community and lineage; much like it would have historically through processes and practices, passed on from one individual to another. In our eyes it’s one of the most democratic art forms, practiced by people of all ages and socio-economic and racial backgrounds. This distinction affords craft the opportunity to instigate critical conversation, and has the potential to be life-changing.
The contemporary nature of our organization is that we challenge ourselves and artists to produce cutting-edge exhibitions and experiences through the use of those traditional craft materials.
At the root of work is the invitation to you – artists, colleagues, students, and donors alike – to engage with us so that we can narrate together what exactly it means for something to be craft.
Executive Director of Contemporary Craft