Some pieces have no practical application but transcend the merely ‘decorative’. These are the items I regard as art. Whilst many of them have their inspiration in the things I see or imagine, they are not necessarily accurate or even recognisable representations of those things. Often the making of one piece provides the inspiration for another, and themes or series of related pieces emerge.
In Britain, anything made of wood is more likely to be regarded as craftwork rather than art, although this is not true of the USA and Australia, where art in wood is much more widely acknowledged and collected.
In part I think this is due to the English habit of self-deprecation and, increasingly I believe, it is time for those turners who regard themselves in this light to come out of the closet and declare themselves as artists.
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