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Potters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, potters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact with others. Potters work alone most of the time.
  • Communicate with others mostly by telephone or in person. Occasionally write e-mails.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. Indoor spaces may not be heated or air conditioned.
  • Rarely work outdoors, although some kilns or studios may be in the open air.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants from glazes or clay.

Work Performance

  • Repeat the same physical activity. However, they may make changes to those activities to achieve a new type of pot.
  • Must be very exact in their work. Sometimes commercial potters try to get all plates to match.
  • Must allow the pace of work to be determined by the speed of the wheel. However, they can adjust the wheel to meet their needs.
  • Must be sure that they complete each detail in the kneading, glazing, and firing process so that pots turn out as desired.
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  • Almost always make decisions and set daily tasks and goals without consulting another first.
  • Often make decisions that impact the final product and the reputation of their company.


  • May travel to other cities or states to show their wares at art festivals or craft shows.
  • May work part time or full time. Potters who work in factories usually work full time.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.