Career: Sculptor/Artist

By Emily F

Job Describtion

In this job, you use recycled materials to make art such as pottery and glassware. Most of the things that artists make are made to be functional. Some artists make beautiful art that is displayed at art shows and galleries. Everything that these artists make is handmade. Most of the artists are self employed.

Job Duties

A Normal Day as An Artist:

-sending out emails and doing paperwork

-starting or working on pieces


-talking to gallery owners and customers

Advantages Of This Job

An advantage of this job that if you love art--which I do--you will be doing what you love and you will be making money from it. An advantage for the environment is that this kind of art is using things like old hubcaps and metal scraps to make beautiful works of art. It is using up things that would otherwise sit in a landfill.

Disadvantages Of This Job

A disadvantage of this job is that because buying art is not an essential part of life, artists and sculptors usually have to do more work than just their art. Most of the artists will sell there art as more of a hobby and have another job to pay their bills.

Education Necessary For This Job

The education that you need to have for this job are a high school diploma and a degree in Art&Design. Ptolemy Elrington says that the degree in Art&Design didn't help his job but it taught him to have patience and confidence in his art. There is also a lot of in-the-job training.


$43,470 per year or about $20.90 per hour

Relationship Between The Environment and This Job

I think that this job relates to the environment because these sculptors and artists use recycled materials to make art and functional art. They use things like old scraps of metal and old hubcaps.

More Interesting Facts

An interesting fact about being an eco-friendly artist or sculptor is that you get to meet other artists and gallery owners, and you get to go to schools all over to talk to kids about your job. Another interesting fact is that for this job you need to learn to see a potential piece of art in something simple like a scrap of metal.