Craft over Quantity

Inherent in the process of making there is an influential entity that shapes one's appreciation of the final product. This element, that distinguishes the general acceptance of an object being either good or bad, is best defined as Craft.  With the integration of computer controlled machines there is a blurred line between the classic definition of objects made by hand, therefore, Hand Made.  Suspend this discussion for a moment and focus your mind on the fine detail that divides hand crafted from hand made.

Craft is something that is applied to constructed objects and places.  It can be the thing that elevates ordinary objects to the universal platform of great design and transcends time and culture.  It is independent of the origin of the final product but deeply rooted in the artisan who made the object.  Therefore Craft is not something that is applied to an object but the character projection of the artisan onto the object. 

To obtain great craft one has to practice a certain level of discipline in their making of an object.  Folding thought into skillful cutting and carving of forms measured with precise dimensions will produce an object that is beyond beautiful.  Beauty is ephemeral and lost in the 'eye of the beholder'.  The definition of beauty changes with time and personal opinion.  Where as Craft is something that seems to stand outside of a person's set of values.  This is because Craft is not subjective, it's objective and capable of retaining it's character when applied to varying mediums at varying scales. 

When a person sits down to project what is in their mind onto the physical environment they have to translate thought into form.  The thought, now now transitioning between an etherial world to the realm of realness can go in two different directions depending on the level of care taken during the making of said thought.  The direction is formed through Craft and the applied arts of manifestation.