Do you love working with your hands? Are you artistically inclined? You may want to consider becoming a craft artist! A craft artist uses a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. They create handmade objects such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that can be designed to be either functional or to have aesthetic value only.
Craft artists create artwork and other objects that are visually appealing. Most artists work with their hands and are good at manipulating tools and materials to create their art. This usually requires significant skill in one or more art forms. They also have active imaginations to develop new and original ideas for their work.
Craft artists typically do the following:
- Use their talent for knitting, weaving, glass blowing, painting, drawing, or sculpting
- Develop creative ideas or new methods for making art
- Create sketches, templates, or models to guide their work
- Select which materials to use on the basis of colour, texture, and strength
- Process materials, often by shaping, joining, or cutting
- Use visual elements: composition, colour, space, and perspective, to produce effects
- Develop portfolios highlighting their artistic styles and abilities
Craft artists work with many different materials, including ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, metal, and paper, to create unique pieces of art, such as pottery, quilts, stained glass, furniture, jewellery, and clothing. Many also use fine-art techniques—for example, painting, sketching, and printing—to add finishing touches to their products.
Some craft artists display their work in museums, commercial or non-profit art galleries, corporate collections, and private homes. Some of their artwork may be commissioned (requested by a client), but most are sold by the artists themselves in their own studios, online, in stores, or at arts-and-crafts shows.
Craft artists spend a great deal of time and effort selling their artwork to potential customers or clients and building a reputation. However, only the most successful artists are able to support themselves solely through the sale of their works. Most craft artists are self-employed, while others are employed in various private sector industries or by the government. Many work in private studios in their homes. Some share studio space, where they also may exhibit their work.
Studios are usually well-lit and ventilated. However, artists may at times be exposed to fumes from glue, paint, ink, and other materials. They may also have to deal with dust or other residue from filings, splattered paint, or spilt cleaners and other fluids. Part-time and variable work schedules are common for artists of all kinds. Many also hold another job in addition to their work as a craft artist. During busy periods, they may work overtime to meet deadlines.