Craft Artists

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Visual Arts

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Common job titles of Craft Artists include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 24% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 20% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.

    Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.

    Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.

    Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.

    Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.

    Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.

    Apply finishes to objects being crafted.

    Plan and attend craft shows to market products.

    Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.

    Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.

    Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.

    Develop designs using specialized computer software.

    Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.

    Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.

    Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.


Workbench vises

Wool combs

Woodworking templates

Woodburning tool sets

Wood carving skews

Wood carving gouges

Wood carving chisels

All Tools

Wick setters

Warping mills

Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners

Triple beam scales

Trim saws

Torch igniters

Tool sharpening stones

Tool sharpeners

Tile saws

Tile presses

Tile cutters

Thread bobbins



Texturing hammers

Tapestry looms

Tabletop printing presses

Tabletop looms

Tablet computers

Table saws

Strain viewers

Straight screwdrivers

Stone or metal grinders

Stone carving knives

Stone carving chisels

Stencil brushes

Steel rasps

Steam irons

Steam bending tools

Stainless steel mandrels

Square hole cutters

Spring-loaded tubing cutters

Soldering picks

Solder tweezers

Soap molds

Smoothing planes

Small hand looms

Slab rollers

Slab mats

Silk-screening squeegees

Silk-screening roller frames

Silk screen exposure units

Shop vacuums

Sgraffito tools

Sewing rulers

Sewing machines

Seam rippers

Scroll saws

Scribing tools

Scoring knives

Sandblasting guns

Saber saws

Round short handle brushes

Round hole punches

Rotary cutters

Riveting hammers

Ring mandrels

Rigid heddle looms

Riffler rasps

Reciprocating lapping machines

Rawhide mallets

Raku tongs

Raku kilns

Rabbeting routers

Quilting frames

Push and blow tubes

Punch sets

Punch needles


Pry bars


Protective safety glasses

Precision straightedges

Precision levels

Power staple guns

Power screwdrivers

Pottery kilns

Pottery duster brushes

Pottery cleanup tools

Potter’s ribs

Pot lifts

Portable routers

Polishing bench lathes

Pneumatic chisels

Planing equipment

Pipe clamps

Pin nailers

Phillips screwdrivers

pH indicators

Personal computers

Parallel mashers

Paper drills

Panel saws

Paint spray guns

Paint scrapers

Paint mixing pipettes

Non-contact thermometers

Mortise and tenon jigs

Mold knives

Moisture monitors

Modeling stands

Miter gauges

Mini drill presses

Mashing tweezers

Marble molds

Manual production printing presses

Machine quilters

Linoleum cutters

Line boring machines

Layout T-squares

Lathe burners

Laser levels

Laptop computers

Lap looms

Lampworking torches

Kiln ventilation hoods

Kiln oxygen probes

Kiln carts

Kick wheels


Jewelers’ wire looping pliers

Jewelers’ wire gauges

Jewelers’ solder cutting pliers

Jewelers’ saws

Jewelers’ prong-closing pliers

Jewelers’ planishing hammers

Jewelers’ loupes

Jewelers’ link forming pliers

Jewelers’ forming pliers

Jewelers’ flat nose pliers

Jewelers’ crimper pliers

Jewelers’ chain-nose pliers

Inkle looms

Image sublimation printers

Hollow mandrels

Hole-punching pliers

Hold-down clamps

Height gauges

Heavy duty fixed base routers

Heat transfer printers

Heat resistant gloves

Hearing protection plugs


Handlemaker tools

Handheld clay extruders

Hand planes

Hand glaze mixers

Half-round pliers

Half-round needle files

Half-round hand files

Graphite reamers

Graphite paddles

Graphic arts rulers

Glue brushes

Glassworking lathes

Glass rod nippers

Glass rakes

Glass kilns

Glass cutting shears

Gas-powered air compressors

Gas kilns

Flux brushes

Flush cutters

Floor mount drill presses

Floor looms

Flexible ink spatulas


Finishing tumblers

Fettling knives

Feltmaking machines

Face shields

Fabric cutters

Extruder dies

Engineers squares

Encaustic spatulas

Encaustic scrapers

Electroplating machines

Electric potters wheels

Electric kilns

Electric heat guns

Electric air compressors

Edging tools

Edge banding machines

Dust masks

Dust collectors

Dust and particulate respirators

Drying cabinets

Drum sanders

Dressing wheels

Dovetail jigs

Double-ended etching scribes

Disc cutters

Disc cutter dies

Dipping tongs

Digital viscosometers

Digital thermometers

Digital scales

Digital pyrometers

Digital micrometers

Digital hydrometers

Digital calipers

Digital angle gauges

Diamond core drills

Detail carving tools

Design templates

Degree gauges

Dead blow mallets

Cross-lock tweezers

Crochet hooks

Credit card machines

Corner clamps

Cordless power drills

Coping saws


Compound miter saws

Color inkjet printers

Clay mixers

Clay cutters

Circular saws

Chop saws

Chasing hammers

Ceramic loop tools

Ceramic bead bars

Center punches

Carving mallets

Carving knives

Candle molds

Calligraphy pens

C clamps

Butane torches

Bush hammers

Burnishing tools

Bunsen burners

Buffing tools

Brad nailers


Biscuit joiners

Bias tape machines

Bevel tools

Benchtop drill presses

Bench planes

Bench pins

Bench anvils

Belt sanders

Bead shaping molds

Bead press machines

Bastard hand files

Ball mills

Bail shaping pliers

Artists’ palettes

Artists’ palette knives

Artists’ paint brushes

Artists’ air brushes

Angled paint brushes

Aluminum silkscreening screens

Allen wrenches

Alcohol lamps


DRAWSTITCH Artistic Sewing Suite

Electric Quilt Quilt Design Wizard

Embroidery design software

Floriani MDQ My Decorative Quilter

Pattern design software

John Hesselberth and Ron Roy GlazeMaster

Sales management software

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Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


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