What is a Ceramist?


Ceramist Job Description

Ceramists create designs for a range of pottery objects that are then made by shaping and firing clay. The items can include but are not limited to: floor tiles, bathroom and kitchen tiles, ceramic sculptures, domestics and commercial tableware, kitchenware, garden ceramics and giftware.


Ceramists that are employed by larger companies interpret a product brief and must turn it into a commercial design for mass production. Ceramists who are self employed often design and produce their own products.



Typical Job Duties

• Ceramists may design and produce one-off objects if they work for a small enough company or are self-employed

• Select materials appropriate for specific designs

• Decide on decorative techniques and glazes

• Interpreting and working to design a brief to design a new collection, including what material is to be used, and the costs associated with them

• Performing market research to find out what competitors are producing and how well existing lines are doing

• Creating designs and liaising with clients to ensure the specifications of the brief are set

• Overseeing production to ensure the specifications are being achieved



Relevant Scholarships for Becoming a Ceramist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Ceramist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Fine Arts Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Ceramist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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