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I don't see a distinction. People collect mass produced items like pottery (say Wedgewood) and the price goes up just the same.

I think my distinction is between items made in vast quantities and those made in small amounts by individuals or modest workshops.

I'm not suggesting that Wedgewood get more profit when some of their older pieces become more valuable. It's a different initial transaction.

Just because an item is functional doesn't mean it can't have aesthetic qualities. Look at Navajo blankets and pots. They are now appreciated more for their aesthetic looks than when they were originally made. And this is exactly the type of item where I think that profit from subsequent sale should be rebated to the creators (or the tribe).

By the way chairs have become a popular art form in the woodworking community. It's sort of like variations on a theme, with woodworkers showing their design creativity as much as their craftsmanship. Some of them can't even be sat on. I remember seeing one with a big spike sticking up through the seat.

The US magazine "Fine Woodworking" has samples of creative work in every issue.

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 06:21:47 PM EST
Art -> form.

Design -> form and function.

'Handicrafts' -> neither. :)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 06:25:00 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 09:24:54 PM EST
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William Morris was a dude. But the A&C movement is long dead to most of the world.

If you go to a 'handicrafts faire' in the UK it will be full of amateurish watercolours of wild life, wooden jigsaws and mushrooms, brightly coloured waistcoats, and chutney.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 05:39:23 AM EST
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What about, though, pieces individually decorated for a large manufacturer?

I'm thinking about something like Poole Delphis, which were all individually decorated by identifiable artists.

by Sassafras on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 12:00:37 PM EST
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