Hi All; The other day I realized it was the 2 year anniversary of
the death of my old friend and teacher, the great metalsmith,
Phillip Fike. When I thought of this, I was aware of a box of
tea near me with a paragraph on it that quoted John Ruskin, the
great art and social critic. Ruskin’s thinking and writing were
pivotal in the formation of the British Crafts Movement and its
subsequent American counterpart. If you are not familiar with
his work, such as his ‘Fors Clavigera’, letters to the working
men and women of England, he so aptly laid his finger on the
defects of the then new industrial society. We have been
discussing Gold and Values, although the discussion has fallen
off a bit. I thought it apt, in honor of my late friend, to
upload the quote, by Ruskin, to the ganoksin FTP archives.
It’s brief, but I hope you all will take a look and enjoy what I
think would be an appropriate mission statement for todays
artist/craftsfolk. I think Ruskin did such a wonderfull job of
emphasizing the distinction between mere wealth and social
welfare, and between mechanical labor and craftsmanship.
David L. Huffman (soap-box and all).