In the West we developed a tradition of almost deifying the artist that ultimately put the artisan aside, basically, to a merely decorative function.
But, living in China as I am, I can feel the sense of really high esteem awarded here to the artisans.
It must be something culturally prevailing over here in general. I have also, recently, noticed the amazing prestige and strength of craft in Japanese society. Takumi is the Japanese artisan…:
A title that signals honour and respect. A takumi is an artisan: someone who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of beauty and excellence in a craft. Refusing to be half-hearted in his efforts, the artisan teaches us the value and rewards of commitment. He appreciates his material, elevating the minutest gesture to an art form.MARI FUJIMOTO, IKIGAI & OTHER JAPANESE WORDS TO LIVE BY (2019 ELWIN STREET PRODUCTIONS LIMITED), P. 64.