20 Job profiles in total for Craft

Casting can be used to make a whole piece of jewellery or component parts. Photo: Holts Academy

Casting Technician

Casting involves pouring molten metal into a mould and allowing it to solidify. Casting technicians work with a range of metals to produce jewellery pieces.

Chains can be made in a whole range of decorative designs, many of which have several jump rings joined through the same loop. Photo: ACJ

Chain maker

Chain making is a particular technique of metalsmithing. You need to be good with your hands to specialise in chain work.

Owen Wall, ceramicst.

Craft worker-maker

Craft workers are involved in making objects and implementing craft techniques. They carry out a range of activities using a variety of different materials. A craft worker/maker may use traditional skills in their work. They may also use more modern or innovative approaches and techniques.

Metals used for enamelling include gold, silver, copper, steel, cast iron and platinum. Photo: Holts Academy


Enamelling involves the fusing of glass by heat onto a metal surface to create coloured decoration.

Fashion designer

Fashion designers conceive of and create clothes. These can either be for designer labels or for the mass production clothing industries. A fashion designer might specialise in leisurewear, beachwear, lingerie or wedding outfits. They may also design accessories, footwear, sportswear or millinery.

The Clog and Shoe Workshop in Scotland makes hand-made clogs from wood and leather.

Footwear designer

Footwear designers create ideas and designs for new shoes and other footwear. They have to keep up to date with current styles and fashion trends. In order to be successful, they also have to be able to anticipate what will be popular in forthcoming seasons.

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Glassmakers in the craft sector create one-off objects out of glass. They may, to some extent, apply old methods to modern glassmaking. The basic technique of glassmaking is similar to how it was conducted in the early days of the craft.

Gemma Garner, toggle.

Graphic crafts maker

Graphic craft makers work with paper to produce bespoke objects. The work is varied and graphic crafts makers may specialise in a particular technique or area of work. Many workers in this craft area will produce work to their own style and designs. They also create pieces to suit specific commissions from individuals or organisations.

Heritage and historical worker

Heritage and historical workers are involved in many functions of cultural heritage sites.

Stephen Thomson, bow maker

Musical instrument maker

Musical instrument makers produce and maintain instruments. For many instrument makers carrying out repairs is part of their job. They may work on a range of instruments, however most will specialise in a particular one. Makers may occasionally specialise in a group of instruments such as wooding (clarinet, flute etc).

Sun Ae Kim, ceramicist

Potter or ceramicist

Craft ceramicists and potters shape clay into objects. They use a number of methods to create items ranging from culinary and household items to decorative objects.

Rural crafts maker

Rural craft makers are involved in a range of rural crafts using the materials in the countryside to make artefacts and to carry out traditional techniques.

Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, digital sculptor.


Sculptors create three-dimensional objects that are designed to give aesthetic appeal.

Stonemasonry requires a high level of practical artistic skill.

Stone mason

Stonemasons are involved in restoring and repairing old buildings. They also work on new projects such as stone cladding office blocks. Stonemasonry is a traditional skill that is in increasing demand due to the large amount of stonework in the UK. Castles and cathedrals, historic houses and ancient monuments are some examples that may require the use of people that can work with stone.

Mike Gadd is an award-winning taxidermist.


Taxidermists make reconstructed animals, birds and fish by stretching the skin over a model of the skull or the actual skull and an artificial framework.

Heidi Rhodes, textile artist

Textile designer

Textile designers create designs for woven, knitted or printed fabrics. These can be used for furnishings, clothing, packaging and floor and wall coverings.

Emma Shipley, print maker.

Textile makers

Textile makers create objects ranging from fashion items to decorative items from textiles. They use a number of different methods in their work. Textile making may involve using a sewing machine or painting and dying textiles. They may also use textiles to create fine art objects or installations.

Gregory Gyllenship, teddy bear maker.


A toymaker often specialises in a particular toy or range of toys, and may work alone or as part of a team.

Watchmaking requires patience and discipline, as watches are precision-built on a small scale. Photo: Holts Academy


Watchmakers make and repair watches, clocks and other timepieces.

Alex Hammond, antique restorer

Wood worker

Wood workers are involved in designing and making objects. They use a range of woods for a variety of different uses and purposes. The objects may range from decorative items, such as carvings to utility items, such as boats, picture frames, patterns, chairs and chests.

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