What is Art? What is Craft?

Kizaemon Tea Bowl (16th century)

The great revolution in the history of art emerged out of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries as the illusory divide between high art and craft traditions was shattered by several generations of individuals who sought to unify the arts. This process, one can argue, began with John Ruskin and William Morris in the United Kingdom and reached its apex with the work of Yanagi Soetsu in Japan. The above photo shows the Kizaemon…

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