I recently interviewed an artist friend of mine, for an artist profile type blog post that I help out with from time to time. The following is the answer she gave to the question "What does handmade mean to you?"-I thought her answer was perfect.
What does handmade mean to you?
"I think of a "handmade" item as something that is infused with the spirit of individual people. Whether an item is made through an individual or small group process, there is an extra care given to detail. There may even be some machinery involved in its making, but the mechanical processes are individually governed by the human heart. There is a saying that "God is in the details," in a similar line of thought, I think that the human soul is in the handmade."