What does a Ceramic Decorator do?
Ceramic decorators, painters or glazers, put the finishing
touches and decorations on to pottery and ceramics
using a number of different methods. Ceramics
the objects in a bath of glaze
spraying on glaze
aerographing to add either freehand
or stencilled designs
lithographing or applying litho-
transfers by soaking them in water, removing the
backing paper and sliding them into position on the
object to be decorated
printing, a similar process to lithographing. The
design is cut out and the colour is applied to the
ceramics by rubbing with a hard brush. The tissue is
then washed off, leaving the design in place
painting, either filling in outlines or
copying from a similar pattern piece or a detailed
- gilding or
adding decorative detail, using precious metals such as
silver or gold
- banding or
lining, adding bands or lines of colour
hand spraying or applying patterns
using pre-cut sponges and ceramic colours.
larger companies many of the processes are automated
or carried out on machines. Craft potteries and studios
still carry out many of these processes by hand.
What's the working environment like working as a Ceramic Decorator?
Ceramic decorators work a 39 hour, five day week with
some opportunities for overtime. Some companies
operate a shift system which can involve evening and
Workshops and factories may
become hot at times. Good lighting is essential because
much of the work is detailed and intricate. With the
exception of glazers who often work standing, most
decorating is done sitting down.
What does it take to become a Ceramic Decorator?
As a ceramic decorator you need to have:
steady hand and clear eyesight
- good co-
- the ability to work quickly and
- a good sense of colour
high level of concentration particularly when the work is
- strong artistic ability for freehand
Ceramic Decorator Career Opportunities
Ceramic manufacture in the United Kingdom is
concentrated in the West Midlands in the towns around
Stoke-on-Trent known as The Potteries. Recently many
companies have reduced the number of people they
There are also small craft potteries and
studios across the country.
prospects are limited, although decorators with good
inter-personal and organisational skills can become team
leaders. Some also become trainers, assessors or
verifiers, training others within the company.
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