Who are they and what do they do? The ceramicist's (the potter's) task is to produce ceramic products.
What are the activities of the job? The activities involved are: production of plaster moulds - preparation of ceramic mixes and glazes - producing, moulding, assembling, glazing and baking ceramic products for domestic, sanitary, and decorative purposes, as well as ceramic products such as cups, mugs, plates, dishes, sugar bowls, jugs, pots, ashtrays, wash basins, toilet bowls, piping, footrests, bidets, siphons, toilet paper dispensers, human and animal figures etc.) - working on a mechanical potter's wheel - pressing ceramic products on ceramic presses - moulding composite ceramic products, which are part of a final assembly - baking in kilns - manual attachment of components such as handles - retouching (e.g. removing seams, finishing off junctions etc.) ceramic products into their final shape - inspection of final products, keeping records of defects and their causes.
Where is it done and under what conditions? This job is done in ceramics workshops, where noise, a dusty and dirty environment and chemicals must be expected.
What tools/equipment do they use? The instruments and tools used include mills, mixers, sifters, potter's wheels, semi- and fully automatic production lines, kilns, decorating machines, drawing and painting utensils, knives, needles and other fine tools. The material is ceramic, china or porcelain.
What do you need to succeed? You need vocational training, skill, aesthetic sense, inventiveness and creativity and patience.