What does a Ceramic Pottery Maker do?
Ceramic/pottery makers use a number of different
methods to shape clay or plastic clay into different
objects, ranging from plates and cups, to wash basins.
The pottery processes involved might include:
throwing or moulding softened clay
while turning or rotating it on a wheel is the traditional
method of making pottery. It is rarely used in the
ceramics industry today, but is frequently used by craft
- jiggering, the
process used to make flat goods such as plates. It can
be carried out by hand, but is often part or fully
- jolleying, which is
used for making hollow ware such as cups. It can be
carried out by hand or by machine
casting, which involves pouring liquid
clay or slip into moulds to form items such as bowls.
Casting has become a mechanised process in many
large companies, although there are still opportunities
for casters in smaller companies and craft potteries.
Please see the Designer: Ceramics profile for information
finishing by turning and shaping
takes place on a lathe, using either hand tools, semi-
automatic or automatic processes.
machinery has taken over quite a lot of the work once
done by hand, there are still opportunities for
craftspeople in the industry and also in smaller craft
potteries where traditional methods are still in use.
What's the working environment like working as a Ceramic Pottery Maker?
As a ceramic/pottery maker you will work a basic 39 hour
week over five days, with the possibility of some
overtime. Some companies operate shift systems. Work
is carried out either in a factory or in a craft
studio/workshop. Self-employed craft workers set their
own hours, depending on the availability of work.
There may be some lifting and moving of large
items, although many factories now have lifting devices
What does it take to become a Ceramic Pottery Maker?
As a ceramic/pottery maker you will need:
good eye for shape and attention to detail
- patience to carry out intricate
processes by hand or with semi-automatic or automatic
- physical fitness
- ability to work
independently and as part of a team
business skills (for self-employment).
Ceramic Pottery Maker Career Opportunities
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