Craft Artists

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Also known as:  Furniture Artist, Hand Potter, Metal Arts Production Artist, Quilter

ABOUT CRAFT ARTIST CAREERS

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In our machine-driven, high-tech world, something that is painstakingly made by hand is special. Craft artists create objects using raw materials and a great deal of skill.

While lots of people make things as a hobby, some people are able to shape their creativity into a career. They might g ...
o to an art or design school, or apprentice themselves to an established artist. In either case, they work towards learning all the intricate details of their craft. For a potter, that means understanding the qualities of clay and knowing how to work with special tools and glazes.

Some crafts require physical strength. They all require patience, precision, a steady hand, and a keen eye. Good business sense is often important, as well. Not only do you need to know how to make your craft, you need to find ways to put your creations in front of the public. They can be sold at galleries, studios, stores, and arts and crafts shows.

Successful craft artists might receive grants or commissions to create more of their signature pieces. For many, it's not easy to earn a living as a craft artist. It's often necessary to work other jobs to support your passion for creating.

While machines and assembly lines can turn out a product by the thousands, it takes special skill to create objects that have their own unique personality and individuality.
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Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
LOW
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Develop product packaging, display and pricing strategies.
Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns in order to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
Attend craft shows to market products.
Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
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Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
Selling or Influencing Others Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
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Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
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.
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.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
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