I started a forum about this subject at lampwork, etc. and have gotten a lot of different responses. No conclusion, as I'm sure you can guess, but out of it all, I've decided that, for me, artisan is the correct word. And I don't think I am wrong to call it art glass (or perhaps glass art!)Of course, much of this is semantics. The dictionary is fairly loose with its definition of art, and the distinction between an artist and an artisan is a bit blurry. Here's what my Webster's New World Dictionary has to say:
Artisan: A worker in a skilled trade; craftsman
Artist: 1) A person who is works in, or is skilled in the techniques of, any of the fine arts, esp. in painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. 2) a person who does anything very well, with imagination and a feeling for form, effect, etc.
I would quote some of the folks who participated in the forum, but I may misconstrue, so I'll let you go there and decide yourself. I know some of these discussions get a bit heated, but this one has been quite civil, and I have enjoyed reading the varying opinions. You can read it , and add your two cents if you wish! The address is: http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78916