The term craftsman should not be confused with the term artist although the two are closely related and interchangeable to most people. A craftsman concentrates on the high craft of an object while an artist tries to elevate that object to an art object status. Not all art is well-crafted (such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper fresco which was well-painted but started falling apart soon after it was completed), and not all well-crafted objects can be called art (such as a well-crafted spoon). With that same logic, not all artists are craftsmen and not all craftsmen are artists.
However, a well-crafted piece of art (such as an inspiring icon that has lasted for over 500 years) can be said to be made by an artist who is also a craftsman.
Examples of crafts:
- Creating paintings, sculpture and frescoes
- Making of jewellery and clothing
- Smithing of armour, weapons, tools and cutlery