What Does A Manufacturing Potter Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Manufacturing Potters

Manufacturing Potters operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.

Salary
$37370
Becoming One
Medium
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality
Interest Match





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What they do

Manufacturing Potters operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.

  • Press thumbs into centers of revolving clay to form hollows, and press on the inside and outside of emerging clay cylinders with hands and fingers, gradually raising and shaping clay to desired forms and sizes.
  • Adjust wheel speeds according to the feel of the clay as pieces enlarge and walls become thinner.
  • Mix and apply glazes, and load glazed pieces into kilns for firing.
  • Position balls of clay in centers of potters’ wheels, and start motors or pump treadles with feet to revolve wheels.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Manufacturing Potters adjust wheel speeds according to the feel of the clay as pieces enlarge and walls become thinner. They operate drying chambers to dry or finish molded ceramic ware.

A typical day for a Manufacturing Potter will also include:

  • Press thumbs into centers of revolving clay to form hollows, and press on the inside and outside of emerging clay cylinders with hands and fingers, gradually raising and shaping clay to desired forms and sizes.
  • Move pieces from wheels so that they can dry.
  • Operate jigger machines to form ceramic ware, such as bowls, cups, plates, and saucers.
  • Pull wires through bases of articles and wheels to separate finished pieces.
  • Position balls of clay in centers of potters’ wheels, and start motors or pump treadles with feet to revolve wheels.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Manufacturing Potters also maintain supplies of tools, equipment, and materials, and order additional supplies as needed. They may also perform test-fires of pottery to determine how to achieve specific colors and textures.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Manufacturing Potters mix and apply glazes, and load glazed pieces into kilns for firing. They might also start machine units and conveyors and observe lights and gauges on the panel boards to verify operational efficiency.

In addition, they operate pug mills to blend and extrude clay.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them teach pottery classes.

To some Manufacturing Potters, it is also their responsibility to verify the accuracy of shapes and sizes of objects, using calipers and templates.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
10%

Very little freedom
0%

Limited freedom
0%

Some freedom
2%

A lot of freedom
88%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
3%

Very little freedom
15%

Limited freedom
2%

Some freedom
0%

A lot of freedom
80%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who value achievements and are results-oriented.

It is not too difficult to get into this career. Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required to get started.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week).

How much do they make

Average salary

$37370 per year

Average hourly wage

$18 per hour

Entry-level Manufacturing Potters with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,490 to $29,190 per year or $12 to $14 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $26 $53,290
Senior (Top 25%) $21 $43,710
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $35,440
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $29,190
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,490

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
42%

40 hours
23%

More than 40 hours
35%

Working schedule

35%

58%

7%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
13%

Fairly important
22%

Important
17%

Very important
26%

Extremely important
23%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
3%

Fairly important
0%

Important
23%

Very important
11%

Extremely important
64%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
31%

Fairly important
0%

Important
34%

Very important
26%

Extremely important
9%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
42%

Every day
39%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
52%

Every day
22%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
27%

Every day
60%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
22%

Once a year
46%

Once a month
16%

Once a week
16%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
19%

Once a year
63%

Once a month
9%

Once a week
0%

Every day
8%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
30%

Once a year
59%

Once a month
3%

Once a week
8%

Every day
0%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
92%

Once a year
8%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
41%

Slightly competitive
13%

Moderately competitive
22%

Highly competitive
15%

Extremely competitive
8%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
20%

Important
11%

Very Important
33%

Extremely Important
37%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
12%

Minor impact
2%

Moderate impact
7%

Important impact
17%

Very important impact
62%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
14%

Once a year
8%

Once a month
7%

Once a week
8%

Every day
62%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
20%

Limited responsibility
17%

Moderate responsibility
17%

High responsibility
27%

Very high responsibility
19%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
15%

Limited responsibility
21%

Moderate responsibility
17%

High responsibility
23%

Very high responsibility
24%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
25%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
8%

Once a week or more
8%

Every day
58%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
44%

Once a year or more
7%

Once a month or more
8%

Once a week or more
26%

Every day
14%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
52%

Once a year or more
34%

Once a month or more
13%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
0%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
31%

Once a year or more
11%

Once a month or more
40%

Once a week or more
18%

Every day
0%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Medium
You will need previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an Associate’s degree, and one or two years of on-the-job training. Similar careers include Travel Agents, Agricultural Technicians, Court Reports, and Medical Assistants.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
16%

High School Diploma or equivalent
30%

Post-Secondary Certificate
0%

Some College Courses
31%

Associate’s Degree or similar
0%

Bachelor’s Degree
18%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
5%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
7%

1 month
8%

1 to 3 months
0%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
10%

1 to 2 years
18%

2 to 4 years
8%

4 to 6 years
22%

6 to 8 years
9%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
18%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
0%

1 month
20%

1 to 3 months
17%

3 to 6 months
2%

6 months to 1 year
16%

1 to 2 years
13%

2 to 4 years
13%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
18%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

95%

19%

57%

14%

19%

24%

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People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like working with forms, designs, and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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