Potters who are sometimes referred to as “ceramicists” or “ceramics designers” are artisans who make original handcrafted pieces or art out of clay. The website www.ehow.com says that the items potters create include pots bowls mugs plates and vases. They design a piece and shape it from clay. Then they paint and glaze it and fire it in a kiln. Some potters have studios where they display their work and in some cases they take orders from customers for specific individualized items. Many potters display and sell their pieces at art fairs or crafts shows either locally or in distant places. According to the website www.citytowninfo.com there are no set formal educational requirements for potters although most benefit from studio training particularly if they are interested in developing a specialty. Some potters start out their careers by working as apprentices to potters that are master craftsmen. However most have attended schools of art and earned associate’s or bachelor’s degrees or certificates in fine art. Potters that want to be hired either for regular or contracted jobs must have a portfolio that they can show to potential employers or customers. Potters must not only be artistic but they also need physical strength because they work with heavy clay that they must lift and carry and they spent a great deal of time bent over a pottery wheel. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for potters is approximately $29100. However most potters work on a freelance or part-time basis and therefore earn less than what they would earn if they were full-time potters.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $29080
High Salary: $39080
Low Salary: $19080
Tasks: Creates original artwork made from clay.
Makes pieces by hand.
Completes custom orders.
Sells work at craft shows.
Also Called: Ceramic Artist
Ceramics Designer
Clay Artist
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6669608_job-description-potter.html