Craft Artists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wood Crafter
  • Toy Maker
  • Taxidermist
  • Quilter
  • Picture Copyist
  • Ornamental Metalwork Designer
  • Music Grapher
  • Music Autographer
  • Memorial Designer
  • Luthier
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What They Do

  • Develop designs using specialized computer software.
  • Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
  • Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
  • Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.
  • Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
  • Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
  • Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
  • Plan and attend craft shows to market products.
  • Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
  • Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ARE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $52,400 with most people making between $24,470 and $85,970


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 1,500 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,600 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.