As a silversmith and gallery owner I sometimes have wondered where is the line between fine craft and fine art. Recently I've come to the conclusion that this line doesn't really exist.
Persons who practice fine crafts excel at the use of color, texture and design, just as fine artists. They often put as much time and thought into a piece of art. To me a beautiful piece of pottery can be as wonderful as an oil painting.
We often separate 'art' into categories, when in reality it is all the culmination of thought, experience and creative drive. Basically, it's all art. At the gallery I show hand beaded moccasins next to bronzes, sure one form differs greatly from the other, but both exhibit a mastery of their media and a joy in the creative abilities inherent in all of us.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery