All images in this post from Brian R. Jones, used with permission.
A while back, I was a guest on Brian R. Jones’ podcast, where we talked about the differences between the indie craft movement and the fine craft movement. That was a really interesting discussion, and so I invited Brian to come on my show and continue it.
It’s not like you can draw firm, universal conclusions about these things, but in this podcast, Brian and I talk about how we think indie craft work differs from fine craft work, and how the internet has helped indie crafters while often hindering fine crafters. We also talked about how these two camps could really help each other, and how fine craft’s past looks a lot like indie craft’s present.
A little on Brian: he’s a ceramicist who also works in drawing and mixed media. He comes to his craft from an academic background, and approaches his work with the kind of deep, conceptual thinking I feel like fine crafters use. And yet, he’s intrigued by indie craft – its energy, its community, and the opportunities it’s created for many of us.
Some Related Links:
• Here’s the episode of Brian’s show where he and I began this whole discussion.
• Brian also has an Etsy shop where he sells his pottery.
• Brian talked about Ayumi Horie in this show. She’s an interesting “crossover artist,” using online tools in a very indie-craft way to sell a fine craft product.
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