An artisan has both the creativity and the skill to make a product. Wandering around a local craft fair, you will often see artisans selling handicrafts like pot holders or beaded jewelry.

In medieval times, blacksmiths, carpenters, and masons were artisan trades. Unskilled laborers were not. The hierarchy of skill and prestige among artisans, from apprentice to journeyman to master, is sometimes reflected in ranks among today’s trade union members. But today an artisan can just be someone who makes attractive and creative work with their hands, like jewelry or pottery. Although, if they're trying to sell their goods, it probably helps if they're very skilled.

Definitions of artisan
  1. noun
    a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
    synonyms: artificer, craftsman, journeyman
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    William Morris
    English poet and craftsman (1834-1896)
    Thomas Chippendale
    a British cabinetmaker remembered for his graceful designs (especially of chairs) which influenced his contemporaries (1718-1779)
    (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus
    Josiah Spode
    English potter who started a pottery famous for its bone china (1754-1827)
    Seth Thomas
    United States clockmaker who introduced mass production (1785-1859)
    Josiah Wedgwood
    English potter (1730-1795)
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    beautician, cosmetician
    someone who works in a beauty parlor
    a worker whose trade is binding books
    a craftsman skilled in building with bricks
    clockmaker, clocksmith
    someone whose occupation is making or repairing clocks and watches
    a craftsman who makes the bodies of motor vehicles
    construction worker, hard hat
    a worker skilled in building offices or dwellings etc.
    barrel maker, cooper
    a craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs
    someone who makes articles from copper
    a craftsman who curries leather for use
    die-sinker, diemaker, diesinker
    someone who makes dies
    someone skilled in blowing bottles from molten glass
    glass cutter, glass-cutter, glassworker, glazer, glazier
    someone who cuts flat glass to size
    gold-beater, goldbeater
    an artisan who beats gold into gold leaf
    hairdresser, hairstylist, styler, stylist
    someone who cuts or beautifies hair
    a craftsman who makes stringed instruments (as lutes or guitars or violins)
    machinist, mechanic, shop mechanic
    a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools
    mason, stonemason
    a craftsman who works with stone or brick
    someone who works in a mill (especially a grain mill)
    paperer, paperhanger
    one whose occupation is decorating walls with wallpaper
    pipe fitter, plumber
    a craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances
    ceramicist, ceramist, potter, thrower
    a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
    someone who rigs ships
    a craftsman who lays or repairs roofs
    rope-maker, ropemaker, roper
    a craftsman who makes ropes
    a craftsman who installs and maintains equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
    a craftsman who tans skins and hides
    animal stuffer, stuffer, taxidermist
    a craftsman who stuffs and mounts the skins of animals for display
    a craftsman who upholsters furniture
    a craftsman who weaves cloth
    joins pieces of metal by welding them together
    window dresser, window trimmer
    someone who decorates shop windows
    woodman, woodsman, woodworker
    makes things out of wood
    someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)
    a hairdresser who cuts hair and shaves beards as a trade
    cabinetmaker, furniture maker
    a woodworker who specializes in making furniture
    a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects
    a workman who makes and repairs carts and wagons
    a man hairdresser
    a woman hairdresser
    a woodworker whose work involves making things by joining pieces of wood
    a beautician who cleans and trims and polishes the fingernails
    a workman who designs or erects mills and milling machinery
    ploughwright, plowwright
    a workman who makes and repairs plows
    ship builder, shipbuilder, shipwright
    a carpenter who helps build and launch wooden vessels
    a woodworker who joins pieces of wood with a splice
    spot welder, spot-welder
    a welder who does spot welding
    someone skilled in making a roof from plant stalks or foliage
    a hairdresser who tints hair
    waggonwright, wagonwright, wainwright
    a wagon maker
    wheeler, wheelwright
    someone who makes and repairs wooden wheels
    carver, woodcarver
    makes decorative wooden panels
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    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
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