Artisan vs. Artist

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Artisan and Artist is that the Artisan is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand and Artist is a person who creates, practises and/or demonstrates any art.

  • Artisan

    An artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewellery, food items, household items and tools or even mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist.

    The adjective “artisanal” is sometimes used in describing hand-processing in what is usually viewed as an industrial process, such as in the phrase artisanal mining. Thus, “artisanal” is sometimes used in marketing and advertising as a buzz word to describe or imply some relation with the crafting of handmade food products, such as bread, beverages or cheese. Many of these have traditionally been handmade, rural or pastoral goods but are also now commonly made on a larger scale with automated mechanization in factories and other industrial areas.

    Artisans were the dominant producers of consumer products before the Industrial Revolution.

    In ancient Greece, artisans were drawn to agoras and often built workshops nearby.

  • Artist

    An artist is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts, or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers (less often for actors). “Artiste” (the French for artist) is a variant used in English only in this context; this use is becoming rare. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.

  • Artisan (noun)

    A skilled manual worker who uses tools and machinery in a particular craft.

  • Artisan (noun)

    A person who displays great dexterity.

  • Artisan (adjective)


  • Artist (noun)

    A person who creates art.

  • Artist (noun)

    A person who is skilled at some activity.

  • Artist (noun)

    A recording artist.

  • Artist (adjective)



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