People say they appreciate the ‘craftsmanship’ in our work. Everyone shares the same love of things made with care and passion. But then around the office, we wondered if we were all on the same page...
Watching ships go by on the canal, laden with containers full of cheap, mass produced items we wondered. What are we thinking? Does craftsmanship matter? So we took a survey of thoughts on the subject from around the office (and beyond):
Question: What does craftsmanship mean?
“Craftsmanship is to be able to see, where it is visible, a person’s hand in the work; when you can see the skill in the results. A work with characteristic craftsmanship sets itself into an era or context. Because of people. It gives something an identity. It’s a connection to humans rather than machines. It shows that care went into the project. If it is a good detail, it must have mattered to someone. It becomes art. It gives something warmth. It also gives something a connection to history, and because it inherently has a connection to history, it makes a connection to the future.” -Tyler, architect, Cresolus
Craftsmanship is the peculiar state of something being exquisitely produced using honed skills and technical knowledge. The product represents a singularity given by the way the author(s) skills are combined to produce it; and it is only replicable by the same creator. Author and product are linked, as a fingerprint to an individual, as a painting to an artist. - Fernando, architect, Cresolus
"Craftsmanship is knowledge and skill. It is different from artistry which is something done once for the beauty of it.
Craftsmanship creating something that is perfect and can be repeated.
Craftsmanship is an understanding of materials, how an object will be used (and abused) and how to allow for differences in natural materials.
In Japan true craftspeople become living monuments.
The Japanese understand that a building does not last forever but the knowledge of how to create that building can be passed on from generation to generation.
At Cresolus we believe that working with local people, training them nurturing their skills becomes part of the system of keeping craftsmanship going." -Andrew, Principal, Cresolus
"Craftsmanship becomes a compliment only when care is taken to get something really right." -Beth, Principal, Cresolus
“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind” -Johannes Brahms
What about you? What is craftsmanship?