Items that are considered ceramics are usually made from clay which has been heated to extremely high temperatures which causes the items to become very strong and durable.

A ceramist is someone who works with clay and other similar types of materials to produce final products such as dishes mugs tiles that can be used in kitchens bathrooms or on floors and fixtures used on sinks.

Many types of ceramics are manufactured in factories that mass produce items and then sold to large department-type stores for resale. However some ceramists work independently and sell their wares via small stores boutiques and craft and fine arts shows.

Some ceramists also create custom items according to individual requests. Professional ceramists create items by hand. They shape roll form and design each individual item. Some ceramists use a potters wheel to create their products. After items are created they must be dried and then smoothed. Glaze can be applied and the final stage is a series of kiln firings.

Once cool the items can be marketed and sold by the ceramist. There is no specific educational requirement for this career but advanced classes in different types of clay and kiln firing can be helpful.

Additionally the salary for this profession varies greatly and ranges from $20000 per year up to $100000 per year depending on popularity of the ceramist.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $60000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $20000
Tasks: Works with clay and other similar materials.
Sells items to stores and boutiques.
Comes up with original designs.
Hand makes individual items.
Also Called: Artist
Fine Artist
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