Today the words “artisan” and “artisanal” are freely applied to a host of goods. They are not to be confused with “artesian,” a word recently seen at a market causing me to wonder if the baked goods offered sprang forth from an aquifer.
For clarification, an artisan is a skilled worker who makes things by hand. This can apply to bread making, cake decorating, art works and other handmade goods. “Artisanal” is the adjective form of the word, modifying the handmade item — like the wondrous baked goods from the appropriately named Artisanal Baked Goods in Anniston. (Check the bakery’s website for current instructions for ordering bread and baked goods for curbside pickup.)