Craft and fine artists held about 50,300 jobs in 2014.
About half of craft and fine artists were self-employed in 2014; others were employed in various industries.
Some artists work for companies that manufacture glass or clay products or for museums, historical sites, or similar institutions. Some fine artists are employed by motion picture and video production companies, by schools, or by publishers of periodicals. Other types of artists and related workers work for the federal government or for advertising and public relations firms.
Many artists work in fine-art or commercial art studios located in office buildings, warehouses, or lofts. Others work in private studios in their homes. Some artists share studio space, where they also may exhibit their work.
Studios are usually well lit and ventilated. However, artists may be exposed to fumes from glue, paint, ink, and other materials. They may also have to deal with dust or other residue from filings, splattered paint, or spilled cleaning and other fluids. Artists often wear protective gear, such as breathing masks and goggles, in order to remain safe from exposure to harmful materials. Ceramic and glass artists must use caution when they operate equipment and tools that can get very hot, such as kilns.
Most craft and fine artists work full time, although part-time and variable work schedules are also common. Many hold another job in addition to their work as an artist. During busy periods, artists may work additional hours to meet deadlines. Self-employed artists can set their own hours.