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Glass as an Art Form
This paper discusses whether glass work can truly be considered as a fine art or if it is relegated to being just a craft.
# 91712 | 6,728 words | 30 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2007 in Art (Fine Art) , Art (Other Mediums)

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In this article the writer notes that for many years, glass work has been considered a beautiful craft form, mostly used in pieces as decor or an element of design. The writer discusses why has it been that for so many years, glass has been singled out in this way, even to its exclusion over such sculptural and less beautiful materials such as bronze and stone. The writer discusses the relegation of glass to the field of decoration, craft and design rather than that of fine art. In addition, the writer explores the elements which are necessary for sculptural works to be considered fine art. The writer examines what the recent explosion of interest in glass work has done to improve the image of glass as an art form. Ultimately, The writer looks at who defines the difference between art and craft - whether this is the artist, the critic or the viewer.

Background - Definition of Art

From the Paper:

"Such a weighty question probably lies beyond the boundaries of a paper such as this, so for the answers to this question we shall look to the ages and describe on how art has been defined in the past. Robert Collingwood, in his seminal work The Principles of Art made what is probably still considered to be the clearest definition of art. To Collingwood, art was the expression of emotions, and lives in the realm of emotion. Collingwood believed that the expression of emotion via art was a process which moves slowly from the hidden and vague to that which is explicit and clear. To Collingwood, art was the process of exploring emotions, which live within the subconscious of the artist and are not known to the artist beforehand. Collingwood was able to discern art from craft in that he believed that in crafts, the works man, the salesman knew before even the initiation of the project what emotion is being evoked, and that craft is then more calculating and deliberate in it's manner of arousing an emotional response. Ayn Rand also expressed theory surrounding art in several of her essays."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Collingwood, R.F. (1938) The Principles of Art. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Ouspensky, P.D. (1957) In Search of the Miraculous, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1957, p. 296
  • Gray, Camilla. (1962) The Great Experiment: Russian Art 1863-1922 New York: Abrams
  • Bann, Stephen (ed.) (1971) Documents of 20th Century Art - The Tradition of Constructivism, New York: Viking
  • Drexler, Martha L. (2000) "Challenging Boundaries: The History and Reception of the American Studio Glass Movement 1960-1990" Ph.D. diss., University of Southern California,

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