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Craft and Fine Artists

Craft and Fine Artists
Quick Facts : Craft and Fine Artists*
2010 Median Pay$43,470
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201256,900
Job Outlook5% (Slower than average)
Employment Change3,100

Craft and fine artists create handmade art pieces such as pottery or paintings. They use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create works of art to be functional whereas fine artists create for aesthetic value.

What Craft and Fine Artists Do

  • Develop creative ideas or innovative methods in making ar
  • Use visual elements such as composition, color, space, and perspective to produce desired artistic effects
  • Select which materials, often by shaping, joining or cutting
  • Put together portfolios to highlight their artwork and personal artistic styles and abilities
  • Use crafting techniques to process materials by cutting, shaping or joining

Work Environment

Most craft and fine artists are self-employed. Part-time and variable work schedules are common for artists. Many also hold another job in addition to their work as an artist.
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Job Outlook

Employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow by 5 percent from 2010 to 2020 but that largely depends on the overall state of the economy.
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The average wage of craft and fine artists in May 2010 was $20.90.
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Becoming a Craft and Fine Artists

While formal schooling is not required for craft and fine artists, many still take classes or earn a bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts, which can improve their skills and job prospects.
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