Earlier this year I heard an excerpt from this article by jeweler and writer Bruce Metcalf on a podcast. I think about this piece often and think it’s worth sharing.
He writes about the difficulty in defining craft, our hands, and bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, which I think means that the craftsperson has pre-existing latent abilities, and an innate mix of intelligences in search of a means of expression.
I am no scientist and this article often goes way over my head, but I can recall the feeling I experienced when I pulled my first print or knit my first scarf. Pure bliss.
I believe this article will resonate in particular to those who work with their hands and have experienced that powerful emotional charge that comes from finding what feels like your hands your meant to do.
This article is beautifully written. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, out your feet up and dive in.
Read The Hand: at the Heart of Craft here
and listen to Cut the Craft podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.