Profession ceramicist

Ceramicist have an in-depth knowledge of materials and the relevant know-how to develop their own methods of expression and personal projects through ceramic. Their creations can include ceramic sculptures, jewellery, domestic and commercial tablewares and kitchenwares, giftware, garden ceramics, wall and floor tiles.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Intellectual property law

    The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

  • Types of pottery material

    Types of clays and mud and their appearance, properties, reaction to fire, etc.

  • Labour legislation

    Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.

Skills

  • Manage different ceramic firing techniques

    Manage different ceramic firing or baking techniques according to selected clay, the expect strength of the object, and enamel colours.

  • Create craft prototypes

    Fabricate and prepare prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.

  • Confer on artwork

    Introduce and discuss the nature and content of art work, achieved or to be produced with an audience, art directors, catalogue editors, journalists, and other parties of interest.

  • Create artwork

    Cut, shape, fit, join, mould, or otherwise manipulate materials in an attempt to create a selected artwork - be the technical processes not mastered by the artist or used as a specialist.

  • Transfer designs on workpiece

    Operate stylus and cutting tools, duplicate design or letters on a workpiece.

  • Supervise craft production

    Fabricate/prepare patterns or templates to guide the crafting production process.

  • Study craft trends

    Research and study trends in crafting, in order to keep up with current designs and marketing strategies.

  • Gather reference materials for artwork

    Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.

  • Sketch designs on workpieces

    Sketch or scribe layouts and designs on workpieces, plates, dies or rollers. Use compasses, scribers, gravers, pencils, etc.

  • Select artistic materials to create artworks

    Select artistic materials based on strength, colour, texture, balance, weight, size, and other characteristics that should guarantee the feasibility of the artistic creation regarding the expected shape, color, etc. - even thought the result might vary from it. Artistic materials such as paint, ink, water colours, charcoal, oil, or computer software can be used as much as garbage, living products (fruits, etc) and any kind of material depending on the creative project.

  • Add coils to ceramic work

    Adjust the ceramic work and follow a sophisticated process of creation by adding coils to the work. Coils are long rolls of clay, which can be placed on top of each other in order to create various shapes.

  • Create ceramic objects

    Create functional, decorative or artistic ceramic objects by hand or by using sophisticated industrial tools for part of the creative process, applying a variety of techniques and materials.

  • Add slabs to ceramic work

    Adjust the ceramic work and follow a sophisticated process of creation by adding slabs to the work. Slabs are rolled plates of ceramic. They are made by rolling out the clay using a rolling pin or other tools.

  • Create ceramic work by hand

    Hand-build a ceramic piece of work without use of the pottery wheel, using only hand tools.

  • Design objects to be crafted

    Sketch, draw or design sketches and drawings from memory, live models, manufactured products or reference materials in the process of crafting and sculpting.

  • Manage different pottery materials

    Manage different recipes of clay and mud according to the genre (such as china) or the expected strength, look, colour, tradition or innovation in the creative process.

  • Create specific enamels

    Using samples, create recipes for specific enamels.

  • Contextualise artistic work

    Identify influences and situate your work within a specific trend which may be of an artistic, aesthetic, or philosophical natures. Analyse the evolution of artistic trends, consult experts in the field, attend events, etc.

  • Operate a ceramics kiln

    Manage the temperature of a kiln to achieve the expected results according to the type of clay such as biscuit stoneware or porcelain. Manage sintering and enamels colours.

Optional knowledge and skills

use specialised design software assess conservation needs develop artistic project budgets collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions plan art educational activities participate in artistic mediation activities develop educational resources keep personal administration develop jewellery designs collaborate with designers develop educational activities design package present exhibition