Artisans and Craftspersons

(NOC 5244)

Career Description

Artisans and craftspersons use manual and artistic skills to design and make ornamental objects, including wood, stone and other carvings; blown-glass objects; pottery; stained glass items; stringed instruments; and other products.

Duties May Include

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 objects.

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 kilns.

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.

Examples of Titles

Glass Blower
Leather Worker
Metal Arts Worker
Stringed Instrument Maker
Totem Pole Carver
Wood Worker

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

NSCAD University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

Related Program(s):
Ceramics Bachelor
Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing Bachelor
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Concordia University
Montreal, Qu├ębec, CA

Related Program(s):
Ceramics (BFA) Bachelor
Painting and Drawing (BFA) Bachelor
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OCAD University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Drawing & Painting Bachelor
Material Art and Design - Jewellery/Metalsmithing Bachelor
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Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, Wales, GB

Related Program(s):
Ceramics - BA (Hons) Bachelor; Honours
Ceramics & Maker - MA/PgD/PgC Master
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Nipissing University
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Fine Arts (BFA) Bachelor; Honours
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Modified on May 10, 2012