Craft Artists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.1% (as fast as the average)


What Craft Artists Do

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

Other Job Titles Craft Artists May Have

Artist, Designer, Furniture Maker, Glass Artist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Shop Manager ,

Offerman Woodshop

Whether I'm working on my own projects or teaching people, a great day is when a project starts to come together in assembly. What started out as a rough pile of sticks at the beginning of the day begins to take form and transform into a functional and beautiful object.

Founder ,

Allied Woodshop

The morning starts by answering emails and interacting with students and clients. I visit the shop to make sure everything is running smoothly. I might empty the dust collectors, purchase sandpaper, prep for an upcoming workshop, or handling shop visits from people who are interested in what we're doing. In addition to the daily work, running my own small business means that there's always a business, legal, or financial matters to deal with. I love the constant challenge.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
  • Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
  • Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
  • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
  • Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.

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