Religious Ideas in Craftsmanship

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

The young craftsman is brought up and educated in the actual workshop, and is the disciple of his father. No technical education in the world can ever hope to compensate the craftsman for the loss of these conditions… it is not only technique that is learnt; in the workshop there is life itself, that gives to the pupil both culture and metaphysics, more essential to art than technique itself; for what use is it to speak well if you have nothing worth saying?

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