GLENN ADAMSON is Nanette L. Laitman Director at the Museum of Arts and Design, N.Y.C. He was previously at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and is the author of books including Invention of Craft, The Craft Reader, and Thinking Through Craft.
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What is the place of craft in the global marketplace? It is hardly a new topic. In fact, handmade objects were once the worlds most important cultural ambassadors. Ceramics, textiles, and other goods traversed linguistic barriers in a way no written text could.