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Craft Designer

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Craft designers design and make three dimensional items such as jewellery, pottery, ceramics, ornaments, tableware, furniture and glassware. They may design an item to be made in a factory, or as a 'one-off', made in a small workshop for a particular client. They normally specialise in one craft.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for craft designers in the UK can be in the range £15,000 to £22,000 a year. Experienced designers can earn more. Many craft designers are self-employed or work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the item designed or made, and on their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. Some sell their wares mainly at seasonal fairs which means that income is irregular.

Conditions

In manufacturing:

In a small craft workshop:

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
2562
5.2 %
RISE
2028
2695
  United Kingdom
2023
29348
4.6 %
RISE
2028
30685

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Many small-scale craft designers choose to live and work in rural areas.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

Discover Creative Careers Finder
Website: https://discovercreative.careers/#/
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