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Ceramics Designer

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Ceramics Designer
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Graphic designers; product, clothing and related designers (e.g. fashion designers; interior designers; furniture and textile designers)

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Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 52 / 48%
Non-Nationals: 17%
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Ceramics designers create designs for three-dimensional pottery products such as kitchenware, table and ovenware, tiles, bathroom accessories, decorative pieces etc.


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Ceramics designers create designs for three-dimensional pottery products. Ceramics designers work either in industry, or as potters/designer-craft workers who are usually self-employed or work for small companies.  
 
Ceramics designers who work in industry design goods for mass-production. These include items such as:

  • table and ovenware
  • wall and floor tiles
  • bathroom fittings such as toilets and handbasins

They are involved in a strict design process. Creativity is limited by cost, time and manufacturing capability.  
 
In industry, ceramics designers work to a brief. This includes details such as the type of ceramics required and how much money is available for production. It also outlines what the product is to be used for and who is likely to use it. The brief may be prepared in discussion with clients and/or marketing executives. Ceramics designers then carry out further research. This helps to establish how well existing designs are doing, and what competitors are producing. They also consider technical factors such as kelvin temperatures, decorative techniques, and glazes.  
 
After ceramics designers have finished their research, they sketch their ideas for designs. They show them to clients and senior management for approval. Changes may then be made, followed by the production of a small number of samples. Industrial ceramic designers generally specialise in designing shapes or patterns.  
 
Potters or designer-craft workers are usually based in studios and workshops. They produce goods on a small scale and generally have more of a chance to be creative. These could include functional items such as dinnerware or one-off ornamental pieces. They may be involved in some, but not necessarily all of the stages of the design process. Some combine working to a brief and undertaking research, with being a ceramic artist. They use traditional craft methods using a potter's wheel or slipcasting where liquid clay is poured into a mould.

 


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As a ceramics designer, you will need to be artistic and have original ideas. You also need a good appreciation of colour, shape and form. Drawing and painting skills are vital. Potters and designer-craft workers need excellent practical ceramics craft skills, such as the ability to paint intricate decorations onto ceramic pots. Patience is needed as it may take weeks to finish a product.  
 
Communication and business skills are important. Most ceramics designers are involved in presentations and need to be able to talk convincingly about their work.


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