HAND CRAFTERS make many craft items that are unique. They usually work from their own designs using many types of media. Hand crafters make jewelry using precious and semi precious stones in silver and gold. They create vases, bowls, and other articles from stoneware, ceramics, and porcelain. Hand crafters also make items from glass, iron, wood, and fabrics. Hand crafters sell their products at craft shows, bazaars, art festivals, gift shops, and on the Internet. Hand crafters advertise their products and develop price structures that cover costs, including labor, to obtain a profit.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $35,000 average per year ($16.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (90,000 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow slowly (0.2% per year)
There are no formal educational requirements for HAND CRAFTERS, although, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a living without talent, creativity, and some basic training. Entrepreneurial skills are also very important. Courses in business management will be helpful. A license and fees may be required to sell at some shows or fairs.