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Ceramics designer-maker

Alternative titles for this job include Ceramicist

Ceramics designer-makers design and create products made from clay.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 variable

You could work

in your own business managing your own hours

How to become

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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

University

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
  • ceramics
  • fine art

Entry requirements

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

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College

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

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Work

You could start as a design studio assistant and specialise in ceramics through workshops and training on the job.

Other Routes

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.

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Career tips

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.

Further information

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.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • the ability to work on your own
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In a large company, you could:

  • take the client's ideas and interpret them to create a 'brief'
  • keep on top of trends and competitor products
  • create designs for mass production, using materials like bone china, porcelain, earthenware and stoneware
  • manage the production process and check quality
  • make sure materials are costed and production is within budget

As an independent designer-maker, you may:

  • design and produce one-off designs and sets
  • use hand tools to prepare the clay
  • create items by hand using a mould or a potter's wheel
  • apply chemical glazes and clay 'slips' to pots to add colour and texture
  • prepare pots for firing in a kiln
  • check quality and remove rejects
  • do marketing and admin tasks for running a business

Working environment

You could work in a factory, in a creative studio, in a workshop or from home.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could become a senior designer, or you could go freelance or set up your own business.

You could teach your craft skills to new learners in schools, colleges, universities or private training providers.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Pottery / Ceramics

  • Provider: SHREWSBURY COLLEGES GROUP
  • Start date: 09 February 2022
  • Location: SHREWSBURY

Pottery and Ceramics Workshop

  • Provider: MORLEY COLLEGE LIMITED
  • Start date: 12 January 2022
  • Location: London

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