Ceramics designers work with clay, porcelain, bone china and stoneware to design and create pottery items, sculptures, homeware (i.e. tiles and flooring), tableware and cookware.
These artists don’t just make these pieces, however; they also glaze, paint and decorate the finished products.
Apart from carrying out hands-on ceramics design and creation activities, research designs and new materials, build and promote a creative and vibrant portfolio and liaise with clients, other craftsmen, museums and galleries.
these people will display their work at craft fairs, exhibitions and trade shows. Some ceramics designers aren’t involved in the production process and therefore focus all their efforts on design.
Academic qualifications in art, design or ceramics tend to be the basic requirements for salaried ceramics designers, along with natural talent, creativity and imagination.
To thrive in this profession, you will also need to develop a strong knowledge of the technical tools and methodologies required for a career in professional ceramics design.
You will also need a certain amount of commercial awareness and an aptitude for business management in order to grow your business.
A professionally-presented design portfolio and evidence of previous experience through internships or participation in contests, art shows or craft fairs can provide an extra edge to a budding ceramicist’s CV.