Expand mobile version menu
  Skip to main content

Craft Artist

salary graphic



education graphic


Post-secondary training +

job outlook graphic



What They Do

Craft Artists Career Video

About This Career

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.
  • Applies finishes to objects being crafted.
  • Develops concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
  • Selects materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
  • Advertises products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
  • Sets specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
  • Plans and attends craft shows to market products.
  • Creates prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
  • Confers with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.

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
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions 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 at a distance
  • 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

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Artist
  • Ceramic Artist — Creates art objects such as figures, tiles, and tableware made from clay and other raw materials.
  • Designer
  • Fiber Artist — Creates works of art from fibers taken from plant, animal, or synthetic materials.
  • Fine Craft Artist
  • Furniture Maker
  • Glass Artist
  • Glass Blower — Shapes molten glass according to patterns.
  • Goldsmith — Works with gold and other precious metals to create jewelry in their own design, as well as repair jewelry.
  • Hand-Weaver


  • Email Support

  • 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927)
    From outside the U.S., please call +1 (424) 750-3900


Powered by XAP

OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.