Craft Artist  What They Do

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Craft Artists Career Video



Creates or reproduces handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery and needlecraft.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Visual Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Creates functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
  • Cuts, shapes, fits, joins, molds, or otherwise processes materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
  • Attends craft shows to market products.
  • Selects materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
  • Applies finishes to objects being crafted.
  • Develops concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
  • Sets specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
  • Confers with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
  • Fabricates patterns or templates to guide craft production.
  • Creates prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Glass Artist --
  • Glass Blower -- Shapes molten glass according to patterns.
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