In a typical work setting, potters:
- 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.
- 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.