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Potters

Potters - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Most potters who are artists are self-employed. The amount of money needed to produce pottery is not overwhelming. However, the costs for advertising, shipping, and entering fairs and festivals can add up. In addition, renting studio space and operating a kiln are also significant.

Some potters sell their wares at art festivals or craft shows. Others work in a studio and offer classes to the community. Beginning potters usually supplement their income with a job in another field while they build their reputation.

Those who are formally trained may coordinate exhibits of their work at art galleries. They may develop relationships with gallery owners who are familiar with their work. These studios may be in the same state or in various states throughout the nation, depending on how well the artist's work is known.

Other potters are employed by art centers, colleges, or universities to teach ceramics to interested students.

Major employers:

  • Art centers
  • Colleges or universities

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to decline. Potters who must sell their work to be successful will face a competitive environment. It will be difficult to show work in galleries because of the number of potters who want to display their work.

Job prospects will be best for those who are experienced and talented.

Employment and outlook information is not available specifically for potters. However, they are part of the larger group of "molders, shapers, and casters."

Potters (CIS 100416)

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Illinois
1,691
Small
&
6.3%
5.8%
>>>>
186
Few
  Champaign Area
31
Small
&
12.9%
7.0%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
71
Medium
&
5.6%
5.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Cook County
502
Small
&
8.0%
5.6%
>>>>
56
Few
  Decatur Area
20
Small
&
10.0%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
151
Medium
&
11.3%
9.7%
>>>>
18
Moderate
  Du Page County
125
Small
&
5.6%
5.4%
>>>>
14
Few
  Edwardsville Area
46
Small
&
-10.9%
5.1%
>>>>
5
Few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
16
Small
&
12.5%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
34
Small
&
11.8%
5.2%
>>>>
3
Few
  Lake County
132
Small
&
8.3%
8.6%
>>>>
14
Few
  McHenry County
53
Medium
&
9.4%
6.8%
>>>>
5
Few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
51
Medium
&
11.8%
6.8%
>>>>
6
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
87
Medium
&
10.3%
3.6%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
52
Small
&
15.4%
7.3%
>>>>
7
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
27
Small
&
3.7%
4.3%
>>>>
3
Few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
20
Very small
&
10.0%
5.7%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Rockford Area
99
Medium
&
8.1%
7.6%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
27
Medium
&
0.0%
2.4%
>>>>
3
Few
  Springfield Area
20
Very small
&
10.0%
4.7%
>>>>
2
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
34
Small
&
2.9%
6.4%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Vermilion County
21
Small
&
9.5%
4.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
78
Small
&
12.8%
9.1%
>>>>
9
Few
United States
49,400
Small
&
-6.1%
3.7%
>>>>
4,400
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.