What I do
I’m a ceramicist. I make ceramic tableware by throwing on the wheel, and using moulds I’ve made.
I spend time marketing and selling my work direct and through a few stores.
I teach workshops and also work as a technician, taking care of filling and firing kilns, making up glazes and slips, recycling clay by hand, and lots of cleaning among other tasks.
Jobs in ceramics
Independent makers like myself create anything from functional tableware and objects for interiors, to sculptural ceramics and art installations.
This encompasses all stages of the making process from designing and making pieces, to photographing work and displaying it at exhibitions, to packaging and posting work to customers.
There are jobs in designing tableware for companies, making for galleries and design stores, selling direct through craft fairs, markets and exhibitions, and commissions for interiors and restaurants.
There’s also teaching and technician work at schools, universities and in small, independent businesses.
I love working with my hands making something out of clay. It’s an absorbing craft that takes a high level of concentration to learn and develop the skills needed. That kind of stimulation is almost meditative, allowing a great sense of calm in the moment, and satisfaction at the end of a day of making. Time can fly by easily. It’s this experience of making that’s inspired me to work in ceramics. I’d recommend everyone try their hand at it at some point.