Craft Artists

Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Median Annual Wage: $31,080

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (36%); Bachelor's degree (18%); Less than high school diploma (15%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Designer; Glass Artist; Fiber Artist; Furniture Maker; Glass Blower; Bronze Sculptor; Ceramic Artist; Ceramics Sculptor; Cordwainer; Custom Shoe-Maker

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Craft Artists.

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  • Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
  • Attend craft shows to market products.
  • Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
  • Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
  • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
  • Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
  • Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
  • Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
  • Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
  • Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
  • Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
  • Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.
  • Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Craft Artists.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Craft Artists.

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