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What is the difference between "artist" and "artisan"?

Asked by 2davidc8 (10189points) November 26th, 2011

It seems that a lot of things are called “artisan” lately, e.g., artisan breads, artisan flower arrangements, artisan jewelry, etc. What makes these things “artisan” and different from their ordinary, regular (non-artisan) versions? Are they made by artists? What qualifies them to be called so, or is this just a marketing thing?

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Artisan is the new Craftsman.

Poets are the new Rock Stars.

Scientists are the new Priests.

Criminals are the new Victims.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Artisan means skilled manual labour, they make items by hand that could be functional (for example a plate that you will use to eat off) or purely devorative. So something described as artisan would be made by hand but they’ll probably charge more than if it was just described as handmade.

An artist is someone who creats art. Art being something that influences and affects your senses, emotions, and intellect.

crisedwards's avatar

Artisans make nice, utilitarian things using a skill they have perfected. Artists adapt their skills to make something that transcends artisanship and becomes deeply moving or spiritual. Sometimes, an artisan ends up creating art, though, such as a beautiful watch that inspires because of its detail and forethought.

linguaphile's avatar

To add to the great answers above… an artisan can easily be an artist, but not all artists are artisans.

rooeytoo's avatar

artisan or artist, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder. There are some famous painters who would serve better as house painters and vice versa.

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies – I love your response (well except for the first one) The rest is indeed poetry, are you by chance a rock star?

2davidc8's avatar

Thanks, everyone, for your Great Answers. I now have a better understanding of the distinction!

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@rooeytoo ”...are you by chance a rock star?”

No… Just on my way to being an old Hobo.

Hobos are the new Sages.

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