How to become a Pottery and Ceramics Maker
- Price: £5.99
- Published: June 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Pottery and ceramics makers design and create a range of 3D objects from clay, including purely decorative items and gifts, functional homeware or kitchenware and sculptural works of art. The techniques used vary from creating 'hand built' pots to freeform sculptures using simple tools, to throwing pots on an electric wheel. Items are fired in a kiln at extremely high temperatures to seal the glaze and harden the clay.
Many potters sell their work directly from their studios, and increasingly promote and sell their work online. Ceramic items are exhibited in galleries, sold to collectors or produced to commission for individuals and organisations. Some pottery and ceramics makers are contracted to take up a residency, for example in a museum, arts centre, or Government office, producing work over a set period of time. Others provide tuition in pottery to supplement their income. Some potters trade on a full-time basis, while others earn a second income from pottery created in their spare time alongside their main career.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a pottery and ceramics maker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.