If making useful art is not just a hobby but your passion, you might consider pursuing a career as a craft artist. Whether you’re into throwing pots, blowing glass, welding sculpture, carving wood, embroidering linen, or weaving rugs, the objects you create are becoming increasingly popular in the marketplace. They can be found in a huge number of private homes and public collections around the world. Maybe your creations will become the next hot collectible.
Craft artists create works of art that have a practical as well as an artistic purpose, including ceramics, jewelry, art glass, quilts, furniture, welding, and weavings.
Some craft artists recycle objects such as license plates, soda cans, costume jewelry, and old t-shirts into purses and other surprising new forms.
Creative, artistic, and good with your hands. In this uncertain field, you’ll need to have faith in your abilities, patience, and a good head for business.
“I started making a lot of phone calls to friends to let them know what I was doing, because I feel like the best way to get clients is word of mouth.” -- Leslie, Home Accessories Designer