Interesting that Arts and Crafts is a subforum. The term is in everyday use, but does anybody really make a distinction between the two? When does 'art' cease to be art and become 'craft'? Exactly where is the dividing line? I heard a Japanese furniture maker give a speech last year, in which he described the difference in a fairly simple to understand way: Craft is work designed to specific tolerances and for a specific purpose. Art is more personal, more freeform and entirely speculative. It's an interesting distinction. Not one that I entirely agree with, but interesting nonetheless. So, I thought I'd share it and see whether anyone else had any thoughts on the matter. I should apologize in advance for starting a philosophical thread, and hope it won't distract people too much from the ongoing and entirely vital discussion about the tea parties.