Artisans and Craftpersons Career and
This unit group includes those who use manual and artistic skills to design
and make ornamental objects, pottery, stained
glass, jewellery, rugs, blankets, other
handicrafts and artistic floral arrangements.
Makers of stringed musical instruments
are also included in this unit group.
Most craftspersons are self-employed. Artistic
floral arrangers are usually employed in
florist shops and florist departments of
retail establishments or may be self-employed.
Craft instructors are also included in
this unit group and are employed by artisan
guilds, colleges, private studios and recreational
artistic floral arranger
metal arts worker
stained glass artist
stringed instrument maker
totem pole carver
The following is a summary of main duties
for some occupations in this unit group:
Carvers use hand tools and woodworking
machines to produce carvings from wood,
stone and other materials and to carve ornamental
designs into wooden furniture and other
Glass blowers design and create glass
objects using blowpipes and artisan's hand
tools and equipment.
Metal arts workers design metal jewellery,
utensils, implements, wall hangings and
other objects and create them from gold,
silver, copper, pewter and other metals.
Potters design ornamental and ceramic
functional earthenware pieces and create
them using clay, moulds, potter's wheels
and other equipment, glazing materials and
Stained glass artists design stained glass
windows, lampshades and other objects and
cut, paint, fire and assemble pieces of
stained glass to create such products.
Stringed instrument makers construct stringed
instruments applying their knowledge of
wood, ebonite, metal properties and other
materials and instrument design using hand
and power tools.
Weavers use hands or loom to interlace
strips of flexible material such as wool,
cotton, silk, grasses, bark and rawhide
to make baskets, wreaths, wall hangings,
clothing, rugs, blankets and other objects.
Craft instructors prepare craftmaking
lessons, gather the required working materials
and demonstrate and teach craftmaking techniques.
Artistic floral arrangers design bouquets,
corsages, sprays, wreaths and other floral
arrangements and select natural and artificial
flowers, foliage and decorative accessories
to create arrangements or other floral items
to suit customers' requirements.
Skills are often learned through apprenticeship
with a master craftsperson.
Training programs are offered by artisan
guilds, colleges and private studios.
Creative ability and talent, as demonstrated
by a portfolio of work and knowledge of
safe handling of material, tools and equipment
A college diploma in fine craft techniques
may be required.