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Potter Ray Power

Ray Power works as a potter and manager for Castle Arch Pottery in Kilkenny. After his Leaving Cert, he went on to complete a degree in Ceramic Design at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork. He later moved to Kilkenny and on completing a business course run by the Crafts Council, he set up his own workshop.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

, Potter

Taking a Postgraduate course - leading to Business course. Also, finding a suitable premesis to rent.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

, Potter

Stephen Pearse and Roisin Collins - from Crawford College of Art and Design.

How did you go about getting your current job?

, Potter

Setup on my own in 1992.

Describe a typical day?

, Potter

From 9:00 to 5:00 I am involved in manufacturing, sending out orders, and dealing with customers in the shop. I do the accounts at home after hours.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

, Potter

Management, Glazeing, Dispatching orders and doing the accounts.

What are the main challenges?

, Potter

Meeting deadlines for orders.

What's cool?

, Potter

Having my own workshop in the Castle yard. Flexible hours, and selling what I make.

What's not so cool?

, Potter

Chasing payments from customers.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

, Potter

Management, and an understanding of the marketplace in Giftware.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

, Potter

Art, Physics, Accountancy along with the compulsary ones.

What is your education to date?

, Potter

Leaving Cert, Diploma in Ceramic Design and a Post Grad Business Course.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

, Potter

All of the above - especially the Diploma and Business course.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

, Potter

Setting up "Made in Kilkenny" - a group of crafts people marketing themselves locally and nationally.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

, Potter

Hard working, not afraid to try new things.

What is your dream job?

, Potter

Marketing giftware. Running a retail shop.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

, Potter

Yes!

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

, Potter

Perfect your skills while working for others. Know your market.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

, Potter

Flexability, Hardworking, ability to overcome issues and bounce back after disappointment.

What is your favourite music?

, Potter

Anything thats uplifting.

What is your favourite film?

, Potter

The Matrix

What is your pet hate at work?

, Potter

Cold calling from salespeople.

What is your star sign?

, Potter

Taurus.

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

, Potter

No plans in the short term.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

, Potter

Any retail experience - you need to understand the marketplace.

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