Craft is the work normally done manually by a person, without the help of machinery or automation.
We also call craft to the product obtained by the process described above in which as a rule each piece is different from the others.
In these definitions there is a latent opposition to industrial or mass-produced productions.
Craft is defined as a meticulous and detailed work where each object is unique and must receive special attention from the person who makes the piece or the craftsman who makes it.
To carry out this work, the craftsmen put into practice various manual techniques learned and developed over time.
Some of these techniques can be very old.
They will be contemporary reinterpretations of older techniques.
And even the artisan can innovate and make handmade products with modern techniques.
So what are the fundamental characteristics of the craft?
Primarily for a piece to be considered craftsmanship it must be handworked. And therefore it will be very far from the industrial process.
Each piece must be unique, in the sense that each object must be handmade and therefore it is inevitable that small differences and even small defects make them exclusive.
For many craftsmanship is a middle ground between design and art.
For others it is a continuation of the traditional trades, in which the aesthetic has a prominent role but the practicality of the elaborated object is equally important.
And between this dichotomy the definitions that are made of it fluctuate; some give more relevance to a product halfway between design and art.
Others do it emphasizing the historical continuation of traditional trades where it is fundamental that the object has a practical as well as aesthetic sense.
In what both visions of craftsmanship coincide is that the object must be handmade by non industrial processes, with a totally individualized product’s treatment that moves it away from serial or mass production.
Even if the artisan in his creation could have different purposes, its craftsmanship can have an aesthetic purpose as in the case of any decorative element, for example a ritual piece as it can be the case of a mask.
Or functional as cups for coffee.
At this point it is distinctly different from industrial work since the creation of each object must be handdone and pursue the combination of design and art to achieve something beautiful.
And this is what you will find in Omicron Handmade, handcrafted objects, handmade, without a serial production, or industrial processes in their preparation.
This means that the craft work requires a lot of dedication and time because each piece is developed manually.
Therefore, a large number of objects per batch can not be made.
And in addition these objects necessarily have differences between them.
Moreover, the key to these products is precisely this, they are products that are different from each other, although similar, since the artisan has created them individually.
The objective of the artisan is not to create equal products, but beautiful and perfect and imperfect products, different from each other.
One of the main problems of craftsmanship is competition with products from low-cost industrial processes, with a similar appearance to handmade products, but with lower price, dedication and quality.
Although economically, craftsmanship may not be competitive in other terms, it is a highly valued form of production.
It is a way of production that has some characteristics highly valued by a sector of consumers such as:
- The handmade object has been manufactured with care, time and dedication. The quality is superior to that of the industrial product.
- The created object is a singularity, since it is not made in series.
- All these peculiarities, make that craftsmanship is considered as synonymous with something well done.
These are products that reflect the personality of the artisan, his way of seeing and understanding the world.
When acquiring an artisanal object we know what is behind it, the technique used, the time spent, the skill and effort of the artisan who has made it and who enhance the value of this type of products.
Information that is unknown to us when we buy objects produced in series.
The sentimental value of something traditional is usually different from that of the industrial product, since it has a human component that does not have the industrial machinery that is handled daily.
What is the meaning of the term crafts for us?
Craftsmanship is the work done manually by one person and the product of that work is that each piece is different from the others, distancing it from serial or industrial work.
The artisan product has a soul that has been thought and felt individually.
While the industrial products are only dozens of identical objects with lack soul and that have not been thought in their individuality as an artistic object.
We bet and always bet on craftsmanship.