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Author Risatti, Howard, 1943-

Title A theory of craft : function and aesthetic expression / Howard Risatti ; foreword by Kenneth R. Trapp.

Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2007]
Publication Info. 2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection M Schick  745.01 R49t 2007    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xvi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-316) and index.
Contents Purpose, use, and function -- Taxonomy of craft based on applied function -- Different applied functions: tools and craft objects -- Comparing machines, tools, and craft objects -- Purpose and physiological necessity in craft -- Nature and the origin of craft objects -- What are the fine arts and what do they do? -- Social convention versus physical necessity -- Craft, fine art, and nature -- Technical knowledge and technical manual skill -- Hand and body in relation to craft -- Hand and body in relation to fine art -- Physicality versus opticality -- Thingness of the thing -- Material and manual skill -- Design, workmanship, and craftsmanship -- Craftsman versus designer -- Implications of craft and design -- Hand, machine, and material -- A historical perspective of craft and aesthetic theory -- Aesthetics and the function/nonfunction dichotomy -- Kant and purpose in fine art -- Fine craft, fine art, fine design -- Intentionality, meaning, and the aesthetic -- Beauty, contemplation, and the aesthetic dimension -- How aesthetic contemplation operates -- Development of the critical objects of studio craft.
Summary What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? 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's unique qualities as functionality combined with an ability to express human values that transcend temporal, spatial, and social boundaries. 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.
Subject Decorative arts -- Philosophy.
Design -- Philosophy.
Design -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01769030
ISBN 9780807831359 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0807831352 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781469600901 (softcover)
1469600900 (softcover)
Standard No. 99817978468

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