It of course begs the question, "what is an artisan?" Do you need to be able to pour plaster into a mold, period? Way more important is the question of target market: "I'm looking for a vase with an elephant. Yes, an elephant startled as he molests a tree."
And here's this little gem. Wait! do you mean to tell me I shouldn't eat plastic fruit? Are you sure? But its from China so it MUST be safe.