Potters, Manufacturing

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About the Job

Operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.

It is also Called

  • Thrower
  • Studio Potter
  • Sculptor
  • Production Potter
  • Press Operator
  • Pottery Machine Operator
  • Potter
  • Pot Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Model Maker
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What They Do

  • Teach pottery classes.
  • Operate jigger machines to form ceramic ware, such as bowls, cups, plates, and saucers.
  • Operate pug mills to blend and extrude clay.
  • Adjust pressures, temperatures, and trimming tool settings as required.
  • Start machine units and conveyors and observe lights and gauges on panel board to verify operational efficiency.
  • Operate drying chambers to dry or finish molded ceramic ware.
  • Verify accuracy of shapes and sizes of objects, using calipers and templates.
  • Maintain supplies of tools, equipment, and materials, and order additional supplies as needed.
  • Perform test-fires of pottery to determine how to achieve specific colors and textures.
  • Examine finished ware for defects and measure dimensions, using rule and thickness gauge.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $33,820 with most people making between $25,420 and $46,430

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,360 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,350 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 80 total annual openings.



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