Craft artists can take paint, objects and various materials to create pieces that are both expressive and unique. They often use a variety of tools, techniques and materials to create their art. The objects could be functional such as textiles, glassware, ceramics, but they could also be completely decorative and only for aesthetic value.
What Craft Artists Do
First and foremost, in design the items that craft artists design have to be appealing to the eye. Most of these most skilled of craftsmen work with their hands with specialized tools so they can manipulate the material they are working with into something beautiful. To do this they are often skilled in many art forms and have the capacity to work with new materials and design new ideas for their art.
Many craft artists are multiskilled but focus on their core product, their designs and work can include:
- Using traditional techniques such as drawing, painting, knitting, glass blowing, sculpting, weaving and knitting.
- Develop new techniques and create new methods for making their works.
- Craft artists are artisans and usually work from a template or sketch to follow.
- The choice of material that craft artists choose for their work could depend on, strength, texture, color and any manner of properties.
- More and more craft artists are using more visual elements to create the desired effect they are looking for, this could include space, composition and color.
These highly skillful artists use all of the above to produce stunning work that includes wood, metal, glass, ceramics, materials, and paper. The types of works that they fashion are along the more traditional lines such as, quilts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, clothing, furniture and decorative pieces.
Many craft artists produce such high-quality work that it is displayed in studios and galleries. Some deliberately design their work for home use and make copper kettles, reed baskets, kitchen utensils and all manner of useful but decorative items.
Some of the artists will work near their material source and use traditional tools to make their work. They display their work in craft fairs and markets and it is really a cottage industry. One of the biggest motivations for creating such traditional work is to educate the modern individual on how things were done in the past, a sort of journey back into time and history.
Most craft artists are self-employed and work from a small studio or in a communal workshop where they can rent suitable space. These sorts of establishments are getting more and more popular for a number of reasons.
Firstly, artists can inspire their fellow creative colleagues, perhaps encouraging them to use new materials and techniques. Or how to properly use old traditional methods and tools. Secondly these art workshops provide a readymade working sales gallery where tourists can visit and purchase their wares. The tourists benefit by meeting the artist and seeing how the work was created, also financially it is better as they do not have to pay inflated high street gallery prices.
Whatever way you look at it, craft artists are usually highly skillful artisans who not only create first class work, but also give us the chance to look back in time to traditional methods.