The Art/Craft Divide

Walking into an exhibition, one carries expectations that are usually based on past experience. If new to the experience, the ideas that underpin our expectations could spring from anywhere – language, television, marketing … anywhere.

If there are to be paintings at the exhibition, then our minds might expect art.

If there are to be ceramics, do we then expect craft?

My experience now tells me that such a neat divide doesn’t work. In the many exhibitions I’ve seen at the Canberra Potters Society, some feel more art than craft, yet others are definitely only craft. This is a very subjective response. It’s my response. So, following a recent conversation, I’ve been thinking about a typology that …