Operates production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Presses thumbs into centers of revolving clay to form hollows, and presses on the inside and outside of emerging clay cylinders with hands and fingers, gradually raising and shaping clay to desired forms and sizes.
- Adjusts wheel speeds according to the feel of the clay as pieces enlarge and walls become thinner.
- Mixes and applies glazes, and loads glazed pieces into kilns for firing.
- Positions balls of clay in centers of potters' wheels, and starts motors or pump treadles with feet to revolve wheels.
- Prepares work for sale or exhibition, and maintains relationships with retail, pottery, art, and resource networks that can facilitate sale or exhibition of work.
- Smoothes surfaces of finished pieces, using rubber scrapers and wet sponges.
- Raises and shapes clay into wares such as vases and pitchers, on revolving wheels, using hands, fingers, and thumbs.
- Designs clay forms and molds, and decorations for forms.
- Moves pieces from wheels so that they can dry.
- Pulls wires through bases of articles and wheels in order to separate finished pieces.