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Craft Artists

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
    • Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
    • Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
    • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
    • Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
    • Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
    • Plan and attend craft shows to market products.
    • Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
    • Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
    • Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
    • Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.
    • Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
    • Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
    • Develop designs using specialized computer software.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 36410/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 17.5/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Innovation
    • Persistence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Kilns for firing ceramics
    • Jewellers pliers
    • Hand looms
    • Glass blowing instrument
    • Clay or modeling tools

    Technology

    • Instant messaging software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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