Potters or Ceramic Artists conceive and create functional or artistic articles by moulding clay, glass and other fusible materials using hand-building and wheel techniques.

    You need a high level of skill in your artistic medium to work as a Potter or Ceramic Artist. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Potters and Ceramic Artists.

    Tasks

    • Selects artistic media, method and materials.
    • Moulds clay into functional and artistic articles by wheel-throwing, moulding and hand-building.
    • Mixes glazing materials and applies glazes to dried pottery by dipping and painting.
    • Places finished and decorated pieces in kilns.

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    • Moderate Future Growth
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    Potters and Ceramic Artists

    • 520 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 67% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Potters and Ceramic Artists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 460 in 2011 to 520 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Potters and Ceramic Artists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (67%).
    • Gender: 67% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services60.3
    Manufacturing23.0
    Retail Trade6.1
    Education and Training3.3
    Other Industries7.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePotters and Ceramic ArtistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.131.6
    VIC30.225.6
    QLD15.920.0
    SA7.67.0
    WA9.210.8
    TAS4.82.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT3.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPotters and Ceramic ArtistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-242.8-9.39.3
    25-3410.9-22.922.9
    35-4418.9-22.022.0
    45-5422.7-21.621.6
    55-5914.6-9.09.0
    60-6414.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over15.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPotters and Ceramic ArtistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree33.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma23.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.8-21.121.1
    Year 1210.8-18.118.1
    Year 114.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.5-12.512.5

    You need a high level of skill in your artistic medium to work as a Potter or Ceramic Artist. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Potters and Ceramic Artists.

    Membership with The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Fine Arts

      69% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    2. Sales and Marketing

      67% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      58% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Design

      57% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Production and Processing

      54% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      92% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      90% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      84% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      81% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      79% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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