How to become a ceramics designer-maker
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- working towards this role
- workshop courses with a private studio
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in an art and craft related subject like:
- visual arts
- 3D design and craft
- fine art
You'll usually need:
- a foundation diploma in art and design
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could do a Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design at college. You'll need to check that the course covers ceramics or pottery before you start.
An interest in art and crafts is usually more important than qualifications to join a course.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could start as a design studio assistant and specialise in ceramics through workshops and training on the job.
You could attend workshops and training courses offered by ceramic artists and design studios. These can help you to develop your skills and make contacts in the industry, which could lead to work.
Courses vary in length and cost and are often open to all abilities.
You'll need to put together a portfolio of work that you can show to potential employers and course providers. You can also develop your own blog and website or use social media and online craft communities to market yourself as a designer and get your work recognised.
You can hear more about the life of a ceramics designer from the Crafts Council.
You can also explore other creative careers at Discover Creative Careers.