Craft, also known as handicraft or craftwork, is a type of work where useful and decorative devices are made completely by hand or using only simple tools. Usually the term is applied to traditional means of making goods. The individual artisanship of the items is a paramount criterion, such items often have cultural and/or religious significance. Items made by mass production or machines are not handicrafts.
Usually, what distinguishes the term handicraft from the frequently used category Arts and Crafts is a matter of intent: handicrafted items are intended to be used, worn, et cetera, having a purpose beyond simple decoration. Handicrafts are generally considered more traditional work, created as a necessary part of daily life, whilst "Arts and Crafts" implies more of a hobby pursuit and a demonstration/perfection of a creative technique. In practical terms, the categories have a great deal of overlap.
- assemblage - collage in three dimensions
- collage possibly involving seeds, fabric, paper, photographs and/or found objects
- pottery and ceramics
- stained glass
See also Arts and crafts
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article, "Handicraft" http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handicraft July 17, 2003