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at VitrixHot Glass make
a piece for Smith Galleries.
Look around your home. Picture your surroundings. Now take away all the handmade items; the pieces designed and made with skill by individuals. What do you have left? What remains could be found in any house or institution. It may be skillfully made, but without the human touch that gives it heart and soul and expresses your
personality, your surroundings have been depersonalized.
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Ed Levin Jewelry make
a squircle bracelet.
Years ago everyone had a skill, a craft, born out of necessity. What one couldn’t make himself he would trade what he could make with someone who made what he needed. As years passed, the artisans began personalizing their articles so that a particular broom maker’s product was recognized by the way the handle was braided, or a potter’s mug was identified by its thumb rest. On and on we have examples of crafts becoming more than just items needed for everyday life.
They became artful additions to the decor of
the home. Though a very simplified “history” of the growth of craft, it still represents an accurate
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woodworker Ed Wohl.
As people moved to cities and began working in factories, many of the everyday items that originally were handmade were replaced by machine made substitutes. So began the decline and the loss of appreciation for what people made by hand. A renaissance in craft began around fifty years ago. This time around we have the traditional crafts and craftsmen along side those who learned their skills not at their father’s side, but in colleges and universities. Today craftsmen are highly trained and the result
is evident in their work. They have new equipment, new
materials, and many new ideas; but the love for what they do and the pride they
take in their work sets it apart from that which is mass produced.
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about Maruca purses.
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of potter Jennifer Stas.
Please take a few moments to enjoy the videos we have linked in this post of just a handful of the craftsmen we feature at Smith Galleries. We selected one video to represent each main category of craft...clay, wood, metal, fiber, and glass.
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Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford, Suite J11 (UPSTAIRS), on Hilton Head Island. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843-842-2280