a worker who practices a trade or handicraft;
producing something in limited quantities, using traditional techniques;
from the old italian, artigiano;
the latin artitus.
increasingly overused in today’s marketing efforts (seemingly due to its connotations of high quality, refinement, and nostalgia);
a skilled manual worker, whether involved in practical craftsmanship,
or, simply, beautiful pieces;
an integral member of society, particularly in the context of trade, economic development, and technology;
the difference between an artist and an artisan? not much, but
…(i realize not all may agree with this)…
it seems to me that an artisan employs a time-honored craft - perhaps the only skill he / she has - passed down through generations,
and fused with contemporary culture and demand,
to preserve a rich past + make a living today.