By Marcie


2019-01-11 15:35:32 8 Comments

Is there such a word as Craftor or Crafter?
I am creating a poster for a craft show. I want to say, Crafters and Vendors needed, but I don't think Crafter is a word.

3 comments

@Mike R 2019-01-11 18:21:52

What do you think of the term craft artists (the word artist is a term in English commonly used to mean a person skilled at a particular task or occupation)? What I found out is that some companies out there do use this term in their job descriptions when they hire people. Here's how the job search website Sokanu.com describes this type of occupation on one of their pages:

A craft artist is someone who uses a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. They create handmade objects such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are usually designed to be functional, but sometimes the original works of art have only aesthetic value rather than a functional one.

@lbf 2019-01-11 16:05:28

2007 R. W. Hesse Jewelry Making through History: To make brass jewelry, crafters use a variety of tools, including..buffing wheels, rouge polish, [etc.].

crafter Collins Dictionary and crafter:

noun a person who does craftwork

Crafter(s) is an English word, of the less frequently used category.

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@Glorfindel 2019-01-11 15:43:14

The noun form of to craft which is most often used is craftsman, plural craftsmen. If you're worried that you're excluding women, consider using the gender-neutral form craftsperson. 'Crafter' can be used (Merriam Webster lists it as a synonym of 'craftsman') but is much less common; see this Google Ngram Viewer graph comparing the frequency of craftsman, craftsperson, crafter and craftswoman.

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@A C 2019-01-11 17:32:57

I'd be careful with this one - craftsmen are (as your dictionary link says) generally practitioners of a given trade, i.e. professionals. If OP wants to only recruit people working in a trade then this will be fine, but if OP wants anyone who has ever done some arts-and-crafts time, then this is likely to exclude them (or at least be unclear to folks reading the poster).

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