Buttons have been around for a very long time and have a history that dates back to 3000 BC. They did not gain popularity and functionality as we know them till 1250 AD. My favorite website giving the history of buttons is Lands End. Think about how many items you own that use a button. What used to be an art for many is still carried on by some artists today. Different mediums are still used to make these wonderful little ornaments. Buttons can and have been made in every medium you can image.
Here are only a few examples.
Earthenware with underglazes by Tari Sasser of Creative Impressions In Clay
Earthenware with underglazes by Jennifer Heynen of Jangles
Natural Wood Buttons by Jenn at The Button Shop
Shrink Plastic Buttons by Elsita (Elsa Mora)
Polymer Clay button by Laura Timmins of Go Head Over Heels
Enamel Cloisonne Button by terrabea's
Though buttons no longer indicate a rank or status as they once did, many collect and covet buttons.
Have you hugged a button artist today?