I make reduction-fired stoneware—mostly large functional forms. I love the artisanal challenge of making a really good ceramic piece—one that gets reached for and used. I also love the earthy, ancient, feel of stoneware clay as a raw material. My work is a collaboration with the earth. Together we strive for beauty.
Salary Median (2020)
Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)
Most Common Level of Education
High school diploma or equivalent
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What Potters, Manufacturing Do
Operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.
Other Job Titles Potters, Manufacturing May Have
Clay Mixer, Glazer, Jigger Artisan, Jigger Machine Operator, Jiggerman, Kiln Worker, Potter, Pottery Manufacturer, Production Potter, Pugmill Operator
How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
- Operate gas or electric kilns to fire pottery pieces.
- Mix and apply glazes to pottery pieces, using tools, such as spray guns.
- Raise and shape clay into wares, such as vases and pitchers, on revolving wheels, using hands, fingers, and thumbs.
- Adjust wheel speeds according to the feel of the clay as pieces enlarge and walls become thinner.
- Position balls of clay in centers of potters' wheels, and start motors or pump treadles with feet to revolve wheels.
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