A theory of craft : function and aesthetic expression.

By: Risatti, Howard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chapel Hill, NC : The University of North Carolina Press, 2007Description: xvi, 327 p : ill; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781469600901.Subject(s): Design History | Aesthetics | Crafts | Design-Philosophy | Decorative arts-PhilosophyDDC classification: 745.5RIS
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What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? In A Theory of Craft , Howard Risatti examines these issues by comparing handmade ceramics, glass, metalwork, weaving, and furniture to painting, sculpture, photography, and machine-made design from Bauhaus to the Memphis Group. He describes craft as uniquely blending function with a deeper expression of human values that transcend culture, time, and space. Craft must articulate a role for itself in contemporary society, says Risatti; otherwise it will be absorbed by fine art or design, and its singular approach to understanding the world will be lost.<br> <br>

Includes bibliographical references and index.