Find Trade Colleges

Study Area & Zipcode

Manufacturing Potter

Find Schools Near

All About Manufacturing Potters

Manufacturing Potter Job Description Operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter’s wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.

Manufacturing Potter Responsibilities

  • Start machine units and conveyors and observe lights and gauges on panel board to verify operational efficiency.
  • Adjust pressures, temperatures, and trimming tool settings as required.
  • Operate pug mills to blend and extrude clay.
  • Smooth surfaces of finished pieces, using rubber scrapers and wet sponges.
  • Mix and apply glazes, and load glazed pieces into kilns for firing.
  • Design clay forms and molds, and decorations for forms.

Manufacturing Potter Needed Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Manufacturing Potters say are important on the job.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Types of Manufacturing Potter

  • Model Maker
  • Potter
  • Pot Maker
  • Jiggerman
  • Ceramic Artist

Is There Job Demand for Manufacturing Potters?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 43,000 jobs in the United States for Manufacturing Potter. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Manufacturing Potter. There will be an estimated 4,200 positions for Manufacturing Potter per year.


The states with the most job growth for Manufacturing Potter are Utah, Nevada, and Alabama. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Ohio, or Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Manufacturing Potter Salary

The salary for Manufacturing Potters ranges between about $22,910 and $51,010 a year.


Manufacturing Potters who work in Vermont, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, make the highest salaries.

How much do Manufacturing Potters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $32,960
Arizona $32,620
Arkansas $31,330
California $36,050
Colorado $37,090
Connecticut $36,480
Delaware $34,770
Florida $29,470
Georgia $31,480
Hawaii $39,800
Idaho $37,530
Illinois $39,230
Indiana $35,150
Iowa $36,770
Kansas $37,780
Kentucky $34,470
Louisiana $29,950
Maine $34,520
Maryland $36,490
Massachusetts $35,310
Michigan $32,780
Minnesota $37,510
Mississippi $33,130
Missouri $33,680
Montana $36,710
Nebraska $55,090
Nevada $32,840
New Hampshire $35,040
New Jersey $45,180
New Mexico $37,500
New York $37,080
North Carolina $34,850
North Dakota $35,520
Ohio $34,710
Oklahoma $33,880
Oregon $35,980
Pennsylvania $34,240
Rhode Island $42,220
South Carolina $40,650
Tennessee $32,370
Texas $33,520
Utah $36,120
Vermont $46,110
Virginia $35,050
Washington $40,030
West Virginia $40,370
Wisconsin $34,000

Tools & Technologies Used by Manufacturing Potters

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Manufacturing Potters:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Inventory control software

Becoming a Manufacturing Potter

What education or degrees do I need to become a Manufacturing Potter?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where Manufacturing Potters Work


Below are examples of industries where Manufacturing Potters work:


Other Jobs You May be Interested In

Those interested in being a Manufacturing Potter may also be interested in:


Image Credit: via

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Trade Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited trade schools across the U.S.