Profession pottery and porcelain caster

Pottery and porcelain casters fill moulds with clay to cast pottery and porcelain wares. They pour excess slip out of the mould when needed, drain moulds, remove the cast from the mould, smooth the casting surfaces to remove marks and place the castings on boards to dry.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of pottery material

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

  • Materials used in stoneware manufacturing

    Characteristics and properties of the different materials used in the production of the vitreous ceramic made of stoneware clay, or in some cases of non-refractory fire-clay.

  • Materials in porcelain manufacturing

    Characteristics and properties of the different raw materials such as china clay, ball clay, alumina, flint and feldspar used for the production of household ware and decorative items.

Skills

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Conform with clay thickness

    Conform with the specified clay thickness by pouring the excess slip from moulds while watching the clay level through the mould opening.

  • Extract products from moulds

    Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.

  • Tend jigger machines

    Tend the jigger machine in order to obtain the specified ceramic endproducts such as bowls, plates or cups.

  • Tend pug mills

    Tend the pug mill by adjusting the controls in order to mix, extrude or deposit the clay charges according to specifications.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform machine maintenance tend clay extrusion machine report defective manufacturing materials alumina ceramic tend tumbling machine load materials into furnace monitor end-product drying process casting processes operate a ceramics kiln operate drying blowers construct moulds prepare production prototypes paint decorative designs pack fragile items for transportation work ergonomically keep records of work progress check quality of raw materials ceramic ware ceramics glazes manage different pottery materials apply glaze coating perform green machining record production data for quality control operate forklift monitor stock level monitor conveyor belt fill moulds polish clay products form moulding mixture extract materials from furnace