A Theory of Craft
Function and Aesthetic Expression
written by Howard Risatti
University of North Carolina Press | ISBN 9781469600901
Paperback – 352 pages
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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.