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ARTIST: From Master Tiler To Mosaic Artist

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Juan, a Mosaic Artist, explains what his job consists of and what his work schedule, as an artist, is like. His career path started in construction as a tile setter and he transferred his skills to create art when he volunteered on a public project in the city of Oakland.
What he knows now is that big cities have money for public art projects. He advice: follow your heart.

Job Title: Mosaic Artist
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Artists and Related Workers, All Other

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

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Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
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-2 to 3 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Irregular, Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
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Outdoor, Indoor, Office, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Artistic, Creativity, Likes working with hands, Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills

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m='10850'>my job.</span> </p><p><span m='11700'>Well</span> <span m='12040'>I</span> <span m='12120'>come</span> <span m='12430'>in</span> <span m='12810'>to this</span> <span m='13010'>small</span> <span m='13330'>shop</span> <span m='13660'>that</span> <span m='13780'>I</span> <span m='13860'>have.</span> <span m='14150'>And</span> <span m='14350'>I</span> <span m='14940'>have</span> <span m='15090'>some</span> <span m='15250'>designs</span> <span m='15740'>I</span> <span m='15800'>usually</span> <span m='16280'>draw</span> <span m='16750'>or</span> <span m='17030'>photograph,</span> <span m='18190'>and</span> <span m='18320'>I</span> <span m='18480'>get</span> <span m='18670'>images</span> <span m='19110'>that</span> <span m='19250'>I</span> <span m='19300'>work</span> <span m='19610'>from.</span> <span m='19970'>I</span> <span m='21010'>cut</span> <span m='21510'>and</span> <span m='21760'>break</span> <span m='22190'>tiles</span> <span m='22600'>up</span> <span m='23305'>and</span> <span m='23780'>make</span> <span m='23970'>pictures</span> <span m='24340'>out of</span> <span m='24630'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='25260'>My</span> <span m='25410'>hours</span> <span m='25690'>are</span> <span m='25790'>really</span> <span m='26030'>flexible.</span> <span m='26930'>I</span> <span m='27010'>come</span> <span m='27260'>and</span> <span m='27370'>go</span> <span m='27780'>when</span> <span m='27960'>I</span> <span m='28010'>want.</span> <span m='29300'>Sometimes</span> <span m='29640'>I</span> <span m='29690'>stay</span> <span m='29960'>here</span> <span m='30300'>pretty late</span> <span m='30520'>because you</span> <span m='30690'>get</span> <span m='30850'>in this</span> <span m='30930'>whole</span> <span m='31230'>creative</span> <span m='32170'>zone</span> <span m='32475'>and it's</span> <span m='32780'>nice to</span> <span m='33220'>be able</span> <span m='33660'>to</span> <span m='33810'>just</span> <span m='34120'>work into</span> <span m='34513'>the night.</span> <span m='35620'>And</span> <span m='35730'>then</span> <span m='36350'>other</span> <span m='36550'>days</span> <span m='36900'>that</span> <span m='37040'>I'm</span> <span m='37110'>not</span> <span m='37310'>here</span> <span m='37510'>at the</span> <span m='37610'>shop</span> <span m='37940'>I'm</span> <span m='38060'>installing</span> <span m='38570'>stuff,</span> <span m='38840'>which</span> <span m='39000'>is</span> <span m='39100'>really</span> <span m='39320'>fun</span> <span m='39560'>because</span> <span m='40720'>a</span> <span m='40910'>lot</span> <span m='41090'>of it's</span> <span m='41300'>public</span> <span m='41710'>art</span> <span m='41910'>so</span> <span m='42315'>a lot of</span> <span m='42720'>it's on</span> <span m='42830'>the</span> <span m='42900'>street.</span> </p><p><span m='44530'>I</span> <span m='44660'>was</span> <span m='44840'>a</span> <span m='44910'>tile</span> <span m='45200'>setter</span> <span m='45580'>in</span> <span m='45660'>Santa</span> <span m='45950'>Fe,</span> <span m='46190'>New</span> <span m='46230'>Mexico,</span> <span m='46700'>for</span> <span m='46910'>many</span> <span m='47180'>years.</span> <span m='48120'>And</span> <span m='48160'>so</span> <span m='48250'>I</span> <span m='48290'>worked</span> <span m='48550'>in</span> <span m='48640'>construction</span> <span m='49210'>sites</span> <span m='49670'>and</span> <span m='50730'>homes,</span> <span m='51240'>and</span> <span m='51560'>working</span> <span m='52130'>in</span> <span m='52250'>bathrooms</span> <span m='52760'>and</span> <span m='52970'>floors,</span> <span m='53310'>and</span> <span m='53430'>all</span> <span m='53580'>that</span> <span m='53730'>kind</span> <span m='53900'>of</span> <span m='53980'>installation.</span> <span m='54960'>So</span> <span m='55080'>I had</span> <span m='55280'>all</span> <span m='55410'>the</span> <span m='55490'>experience</span> <span m='55990'>with</span> <span m='56170'>the</span> <span m='56330'>tile</span> <span m='56610'>and the</span> <span m='56890'>materials.</span> </p><p><span m='58450'>But</span> <span m='58850'>when</span> <span m='59140'>I</span> <span m='59190'>got</span> <span m='59400'>to</span> <span m='59550'>Oakland,</span> <span m='60970'>one</span> <span m='61230'>opportunity</span> <span m='61810'>led</span> <span m='62020'>to</span> <span m='62150'>another.</span> <span m='62500'>I started</span> <span m='62780'>volunteering.</span> <span m='63950'>And</span> <span m='64129'>then</span> <span m='64330'>somebody</span> <span m='64739'>noticed</span> <span m='65140'>my</span> <span m='65230'>work</span> <span m='65570'>and</span> <span m='65730'>I</span> <span m='66160'>got</span> <span m='66320'>a</span> <span m='66380'>job</span> <span m='66670'>with</span> <span m='66880'>the</span> <span m='67570'>Temescal</span> <span m='68070'>Business</span> <span m='68450'>Improvement</span> <span m='68930'>District</span> <span m='69440'>and</span> <span m='70070'>did</span> <span m='70210'>a</span> <span m='70260'>bunch</span> <span m='70500'>of</span> <span m='70550'>trash</span> <span m='70950'>cans</span> <span m='71230'>on</span> <span m='71340'>the</span> <span m='71410'>street</span> <span m='71830'>there,</span> <span m='72010'>the</span> <span m='72120'>trash can</span> <span m='72620'>containers.</span> <span m='73670'>And</span> <span m='73830'>now</span> <span m='73970'>I</span> <span m='74050'>have</span> <span m='74200'>this</span> <span m='74390'>project</span> <span m='74890'>with</span> <span m='75030'>the</span> <span m='75100'>school,</span> <span m='75570'>and it</span> <span m='75800'>looks</span> <span m='76010'>like</span> <span m='76180'>maybe</span> <span m='76430'>another</span> <span m='76700'>one</span> <span m='76970'>after that.</span> </p><p><span m='78320'>Well,</span> <span m='78610'>I'm from</span> <span m='78790'>a</span> <span m='78840'>small</span> <span m='79210'>town.</span> <span m='80040'>And</span> <span m='80210'>so</span> <span m='80500'>in</span> <span m='80650'>a</span> <span m='80710'>bigger</span> <span m='81000'>city</span> <span m='81330'>like</span> <span m='81850'>around</span> <span m='82150'>here</span> <span m='82360'>in</span> <span m='82450'>the</span> <span m='82530'>Bay</span> <span m='82720'>Area,</span> <span m='83030'>there's</span> <span m='83210'>a</span> <span m='83280'>lot</span> <span m='83530'>of</span> <span m='83640'>opportunity</span> <span m='84930'>for</span> <span m='85350'>public</span> <span m='85700'>art.</span> <span m='86140'>And there's</span> <span m='86580'>money</span> <span m='87070'>and</span> <span m='87510'>resources</span> <span m='88160'>for</span> <span m='88290'>beautification</span> <span m='89440'>projects</span> <span m='89950'>like</span> <span m='90140'>this,</span> <span m='90820'>even</span> <span m='90980'>in</span> <span m='91150'>the</span> <span m='91230'>schools</span> <span m='91730'>and</span> <span m='92450'>public</span> <span m='92760'>places.</span> <span m='93550'>So</span> <span m='93740'>it's</span> <span m='94880'>connected</span> <span m='95290'>me</span> <span m='95380'>with</span> <span m='95560'>some</span> <span m='95700'>different</span> <span m='96110'>kinds</span> <span m='96430'>of</span> <span m='97470'>clients.</span> </p><p><span m='100840'>What</span> <span m='101050'>I</span> <span m='101080'>really</span> <span m='101310'>like</span> <span m='101540'>best</span> <span m='101790'>is</span> <span m='102370'>when</span> <span m='102510'>I'm</span> <span m='102640'>outside</span> <span m='103110'>and I'm</span> <span m='103240'>installing.</span> <span m='103720'>Because,</span> <span m='104170'>like</span> <span m='104250'>I</span> <span m='104450'>said,</span> <span m='104780'>it's</span> <span m='104900'>public</span> <span m='105340'>art--</span> <span m='105870'>people</span> <span m='106160'>really</span> <span m='106410'>appreciate</span> <span m='106930'>it.</span> <span m='107360'>So</span> <span m='107470'>it's</span> <span m='107580'>really</span> <span m='107820'>nice</span> <span m='108100'>compared</span> <span m='108430'>to</span> <span m='108500'>a</span> <span m='108560'>construction</span> <span m='109120'>site,</span> <span m='109960'>because</span> <span m='111140'>I</span> <span m='111210'>get</span> <span m='111370'>to</span> <span m='111440'>see</span> <span m='111590'>my</span> <span m='111730'>work</span> <span m='112010'>after</span> <span m='112290'>it's</span> <span m='112470'>done</span> <span m='112780'>and</span> <span m='113590'>I</span> <span m='113640'>really</span> <span m='113950'>enjoy</span> <span m='114250'>that</span> <span m='114470'>part</span> <span m='114690'>of</span> <span m='114770'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='115640'>Well,</span> <span m='117000'>for</span> <span m='117220'>me,</span> <span m='118060'>what</span> <span m='118320'>made</span> <span m='118580'>one</span> <span m='118800'>circumstance</span> <span m='119590'>lead</span> <span m='119810'>to</span> <span m='119910'>the</span> <span m='119990'>next</span> <span m='120270'>one</span> <span m='121050'>is</span> <span m='121220'>that</span> <span m='121340'>I</span> <span m='121400'>really</span> <span m='121650'>followed</span> <span m='122420'>a</span> <span m='122850'>dream</span> <span m='123150'>that</span> <span m='123290'>I</span> <span m='123320'>wasn't</span> <span m='123820'>even sure</span> <span m='124080'>existed.</span> <span m='125610'>And</span> <span m='125740'>it</span> <span m='125830'>just</span> <span m='126040'>kind</span> <span m='126300'>of</span> <span m='126370'>manifested</span> <span m='127030'>one</span> <span m='127300'>step</span> <span m='127640'>after</span> <span m='127930'>another.</span> <span m='128560'>To</span> <span m='128660'>start</span> <span m='129000'>as</span> <span m='129100'>a</span> <span m='129150'>volunteer,</span> <span m='129889'>I</span> <span m='129910'>really</span> <span m='130210'>put</span> <span m='130750'>my</span> <span m='130900'>heart</span> <span m='131190'>into</span> <span m='131460'>it</span> <span m='131940'>and</span> <span m='132150'>then</span> <span m='132340'>that</span> <span m='132540'>got</span> <span m='132760'>noticed.</span> <span m='133800'>So</span> <span m='133950'>I</span> <span m='133970'>was</span> <span m='134180'>really</span> <span m='134800'>fortunate</span> <span m='135300'>in</span> <span m='135380'>that</span> <span m='135580'>way.</span> <span m='137010'>But</span> <span m='137310'>I</span> <span m='137350'>also</span> <span m='137670'>have</span> <span m='137930'>all</span> <span m='138100'>the</span> <span m='138160'>skills</span> <span m='138540'>that</span> <span m='138680'>I</span> <span m='138770'>have</span> <span m='139060'>from</span> <span m='140130'>the</span> <span m='140280'>past</span> <span m='140770'>with</span> <span m='140920'>the</span> <span m='141000'>construction</span> <span m='141630'>stuff,</span> <span m='141900'>so</span> <span m='142040'>I</span> <span m='142070'>was</span> <span m='142200'>able</span> <span m='142420'>to</span> <span m='143120'>bring</span> <span m='143370'>two</span> <span m='143580'>things</span> <span m='143920'>together</span> <span m='144810'>in</span> <span m='144960'>a</span> <span m='145040'>way</span> <span m='145280'>that's</span> <span m='145570'>really</span> <span m='146160'>working</span> <span m='146910'>nicely</span> <span m='146990'>for me</span> <span m='147130'>right</span> <span m='147525'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='149600'>So</span> <span m='149810'>mostly</span> <span m='150510'>if</span> <span m='150630'>there</span> <span m='150920'>was any</span> <span m='151110'>advice,</span> <span m='151990'>from</span> <span m='152300'>what</span> <span m='152670'>I</span> <span m='153070'>experienced</span> <span m='154020'>is</span> <span m='154180'>I</span> <span m='154250'>just</span> <span m='154760'>really</span> <span m='155110'>followed</span> <span m='155550'>a</span> <span m='155690'>heart,</span> <span m='156790'>a</span> <span m='156850'>feeling,</span> <span m='158250'>that</span> <span m='158530'>I</span> <span m='158570'>wanted</span> <span m='158850'>to</span> <span m='158910'>do</span> <span m='159110'>it,</span> <span m='159590'>which</span> <span m='159840'>was</span> <span m='160050'>different</span> <span m='160400'>when</span> <span m='160570'>I</span> <span m='160610'>worked</span> <span m='160880'>in</span> <span m='160990'>construction.</span> <span m='162800'>That</span> <span m='162960'>was</span> <span m='163690'>a</span> <span m='163760'>little</span> <span m='163950'>bit</span> <span m='164140'>different--</span> <span m='164450'>I</span> <span m='164480'>had</span> <span m='164630'>a</span> <span m='164670'>family</span> <span m='165130'>and all that.</span> <span m='165490'>But</span> <span m='165640'>now</span> <span m='166285'>that</span> <span m='166620'>the</span> <span m='166730'>family's</span> <span m='167180'>grown,</span> <span m='168030'>I</span> <span m='168090'>really</span> <span m='168350'>just</span> <span m='168570'>followed</span> <span m='168930'>this</span> <span m='169720'>feeling.</span> <span m='170560'>And</span> <span m='171070'>it's</span> <span m='171260'>really</span> <span m='171605'>leading to</span> <span m='171950'>good</span> <span m='172110'>things,</span> <span m='172550'>so</span> <span m='172890'>I'm very</span> <span m='173120'>happy</span> <span m='173420'>about it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":364279,"video_id":"3268588708001","name":"2190-Juan-p-MosiacArtist","duration":174963,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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