Profession production potter

Production potters process and form clay, by hand or by using the wheel, into end-products pottery, stoneware products, earthenware products and porcelain. They introduce the already shaped clay into kilns, heating them at a high temperature in order to remove all the water from the clay.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of pottery material

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ceramics glazes

    The characteristics, compounds and application of different glaze type such as raw or frit glazes.

Skills

  • Use abrasive wheel

    Use the specific abrasive wheel or the step in the finishing process according to the type of stone or workpiece.

  • Paint decorative designs

    Apply designs in paint, using paint sprayers, paintbrushes or spray cans.

  • Polish clay products

    Use abrasives to smoothen the surface of clay products such as sculptures, dolls and models working with sanding papers, manual or power tools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Apply glaze coating

    Dip the products into a specific glaze coating that will make them waterproof and fix the decorative patterns and colours after the firing process.

  • Shape clay

    Shape clay by pressing thumbs into the center of revolving clay while revolving wheels in order to obtain as end-products ware such as vases and pitchers.

  • Prepare balls of clay

    Prepare the balls of clay so that they are according to specifications of each end-product and position the balls in the center of the wheel.

Optional knowledge and skills

pack fragile items for transportation design objects to be crafted study craft trends use personal protection equipment work ergonomically form moulding mixture report defective manufacturing materials consult technical resources prepare production prototypes manage delivery of raw materials maintain equipment keep records of work progress record production data for quality control monitor stock level alumina ceramic assess conservation needs