Most craft artists are self-employed, while others are employed in various private sector industries and by government. Many work in private studios in their homes. Some share studio space, where they also may exhibit their work.
Studios are usually well-lighted 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 cleaners and other fluids. Part-time and variable work schedules are common for artists of all kinds. Many also hold another job in addition to their work as a craft artist. During busy periods, they may work overtime to meet deadlines. Self-employed artists can set their own hours.