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

n a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft

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
Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills

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