Potter and Ceramic Artist

Potters and Ceramic Artists (Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals) use pottery materials such as stoneware, earthenware, porcelain and ceramics to create a variety of items such as bowls, pots, cups and works of art. Potters and Ceramic Artists must be skilled at working at a pottery wheel and at various stages of production, and be able to follow drawings and measurements to complete order specifications. They should have strong hand-eye coordination and be able to visualize a product from the beginning stages to completion.

Duties and tasks

  • Ability to analyse drawings, designs and customer needs to create the desired product
  • Design and develop ideas and styles for pottery and ceramic art pieces, conceptualising functional or abstract art pieces
  • Identify and work with appropriate ceramic materials for specific job requirements
  • Mix appropriate glazing materials and dip or paint them onto dried pottery
  • Mould clay and pottery materials into artistic and functional pieces using pottery wheels, carving with tools, moulding and hand techniques
  • Place finished and decorated pottery items into kilns to set
  • Safely operate machines and tools required for creation of products such as pottery wheels

Skills required

  • Artistic Abilities
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Strong Hand-eye Coordination and Manual Agility
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Potters and Ceramic Artists typically work in a workshop environment, which includes operating a variety of equipment and tools needed to produce ceramic objects. A typical work week is Monday through to Friday, however they may be required to work long hours to complete orders on time and meet deadlines.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

National Association for the Visual Arts Ltd

The Australian Ceramic Society 

The Australian Ceramics Association 

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