Design & Architecture

Craftsperson

Craftspersons design and make handmade objects out of materials such as wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramics, or textiles.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Craftsperson do?

Craftspersons design and make functional handmade objects out of materials such as wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramics, or textiles.

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Work activities

As a craftsperson, you might:

  • develop creative ideas for making objects
  • create sketches, templates or models as guides
  • select which materials to use based on color, texture, strength, and other qualities
  • create objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials
  • apply decorative or functional finishes to objects or items
  • display and sell work at auctions, craft fairs, galleries, museums, and online
  • submit grant applications to obtain financial support for projects.
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Key skills and interests

To become a craftsperson, you would need:

  • artistic and creative design skills in your specialty craft
  • good practical skills in your craft
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • an eye for detail
  • business skills if self-employed.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a manufacturing environment, you would normally work a standard number of hours per week. Self-employed craftspersons generally choose their own working hours. Many would also work in other roles and pursue their craft interests in a part-time capacity.

Conditions

Many craftspersons are self-employed; others are employed in various private sector industries such as ceramics or pottery manufacturing.

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How to become an Craftsperson?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a craftsperson without formal qualifications. Many craftspersons are self-taught or have gained or enhanced their skills through undertaking a variety of private courses.

You may also like to consider a VET qualification in a craft-related area, such as visual arts or design.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of craftpersons is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Employment growth of craftspersons and artists depends in large part on the overall state of the economy, because purchases of art and crafts usually are optional. During good economic times, more people and businesses are interested in buying craftwork and artwork; during economic downturns, they generally buy less.

In addition, job growth for craftpersons may be limited by the sale of inexpensive, mass-produced items designed to look like handmade crafts. However, continued interest in locally made products and craft goods sold online will likely offset some of these employment losses.

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