NOC 5244 – Artisans and craftspersons



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 musical instruments are also included in this unit group. Most craftspersons are self-employed. Artistic floral arrangers are usually employed in florist shops and floral 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 organizations.

Main Duties

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.
  • Instrument makers construct 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.

Employment 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 are required.
  • A college diploma in fine craft techniques may be required.

All Titles

  • Aboriginal art carver
  • Aboriginal craftwork instructor
  • artificial flower maker, hand
  • artificial flower presser
  • artisancraftsman, craftswoman
  • artistic bouquet designer
  • artistic floral arranger
  • artistic floral bouquet designer
  • artistic floral designer
  • arts and crafts teacher (except education)
  • bag maker – arts and crafts
  • balalaika maker
  • basket weaver
  • batik artisan
  • beadworker, hand
  • bellows maker
  • bookbinder, hand
  • candle maker, hand
  • caner, custom furniture
  • canoe builder – arts and crafts
  • canoe repairer – arts and craftscanoe repairman – arts and crafts, canoe repairwoman – arts and crafts
  • carver
  • carver, Native art
  • carver, totem poles
  • case maker, hand
  • cello maker
  • ceramic artist
  • ceramic potter
  • ceramics teacher (except education)
  • ceramist
  • copperplate engraver – artisan
  • craft instructor (except education)
  • craft weaver
  • craftsman/woman
  • craftsperson
  • crocheter, hand
  • custom furniture caner
  • decorative engraver
  • dollmaker, hand
  • drum maker – artisan
  • embroiderer, hand
  • enameller – arts and crafts
  • enameller, hand
  • enamellist – arts and crafts
  • engraver, hand
  • engraver, metal
  • engraver, pantograph – arts and crafts
  • fabric artisan
  • fabric artist
  • floral arrangements designer
  • floral designer
  • glass blower
  • glass engraver
  • glass novelty maker
  • glass painter
  • glassworker, hand
  • goldsmith
  • guitar maker
  • hand beadworker
  • hand bookbinder
  • hand candle maker
  • hand carver, stones
  • hand carver, woodenware
  • hand case maker
  • hand crocheter
  • hand dollmaker
  • hand embroiderer
  • hand enameller
  • hand engraver
  • hand glassworker
  • hand knitter
  • hand leather worker
  • hand metalworker
  • hand needleworker
  • hand papermaker
  • hand quilter
  • hand rug maker
  • hand silk flower maker
  • hand spinner
  • hand stone carver
  • hand weaver
  • hand woodworker
  • harpsichord builder
  • instructor, crafts (except education)
  • jewellery artisan, hand
  • jewellery engraver
  • knitter, hand
  • lace weaver – arts and crafts
  • leather worker
  • leather worker, hand
  • machine engraver – arts and crafts
  • mandolin maker
  • master glass blower
  • master glassmaker
  • metal arts worker
  • metal engraver
  • metalworker, hand
  • musical instrument maker – artisan
  • nameplate engraver
  • Native art carver
  • Native craftwork instructor
  • needleworker, hand
  • panflute maker
  • pantograph engraver – arts and crafts
  • papermaker, hand
  • pipe organ builder
  • poker-work artisan
  • potter
  • presser, artificial flowers
  • pyrographer
  • quilter, hand
  • reproduction woodcarver
  • rug maker, hand
  • rughooker
  • scientific glass apparatus blower
  • screen printing artisan
  • silk flower maker, hand
  • silversmith
  • silverware engraver
  • spinner, hand
  • stained glass artist
  • stained glass designer
  • stained glass painter
  • steel engraver – arts and crafts
  • stone carver, hand
  • stringed instrument maker
  • teacher, ceramics (except education)
  • tepee maker
  • tie-dye artisan
  • tole painter
  • totem pole carver
  • violin maker
  • weaver – arts and crafts
  • weaver, hand
  • weaving instructor (except education)
  • woodcarver
  • woodcarver, reproductions
  • woodenware carver, hand
  • woodworker, hand
  • wreath maker


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  • Fabric-making occupations in manufacturing (See 9442 Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations)
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  • Painters, sculptors and other visual artists (5136)


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