From the New York Times last week, a review by Roberta Smith of a show of Venetian glass:
Craft. Decorative. Functional. Well made. Words like these are often used to keep objects in their place, carefully segregated from the realm of art.
These may spring to mind as you (see this exhibit) ... But they will most likely be shorn of their pejorative power or simultaneously elevated and transcended, and to a revelatory extent. If you are open to it, this exhibition can radically reshape your ideas about form, beauty, originality and art for art's sake. Nothing could be better for a time when such concepts are often viewed with suspicion. ...
With a painting, you can ignore how it was made and cling to subject matter for meaning; these glass works force you to think about how form and process achieve meaning on their own, without a clear-cut narrative, or a hushed relationship to, say, abstraction.
Ultimately, though, a substantial narrative does emerge. It's about discipline, curiosity and risk, and a seductive, volatile, magical medium pushed to extremes. These objects can't help being meaningful, out of sheer force of aesthetic personality.
How nice to read such words about craft, from one of the premier art critics in the U.S. It would be nice to read similar thoughts about fiber. I'd be happy if somebody had those thoughts about my work.