Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects that are designed to be functional. Using a wide variety of materials, techniques and tools (such as needlecraft, weaving or welding), craft artists design glassware, pottery and textiles for sale, as well as for commercial purposes and exhibition.
Long hours to meet deadlines
Most craft artists work on a full-time basis, although part-time and variable schedules are also common. Those working on a part-time basis, meanwhile, often work another job.
Most craft artists are self-employed and set their own hours.
They typically work in a studio and, depending on the tools and materials they work it, wear protective gear such as goggles and breathing masks.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
No formal education is required to become a craft artist, although a high school diploma may be useful. That said, many candidates who wish to become craft artists will either complete a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, seek out college coursework or enroll in an independent art school to put the finishing touches on their skills. This can greatly improve the quality of the work that needs to get done or boost employment opportunities.
As a craft artist, you can advance in your field by developing an impressive portfolio, circulating your work around and establishing a reputation for creativity, reliability and professionalism.