Ceramics are object made from materials obtained from earth, for example, clay and cement.
The handmade ceramics industry is one f the undervalued professions, but several careers can be pursued if you like working with ceramics. Working with ceramics is an art and you have to be an artist to successfully work with it.
In this article I am going to tell you some major careers which you can pursue while working with ceramics.
Although a career in Ceramics is open to all, a qualification is required to hone practical skills. A graduate of postgraduate degree can help you establish yourself and prepare you for professional life. Here are some of the degrees you can pursue.
1. Ceramics Designer or Ceramicists
What is a Ceramics Designer and what is their job description?
Ceramics designer or ceramicists specializes in making porcelain objects from clay and other material. Some professionals decide to make specific handmade ceramics while other specializes in wide variety like dishes, statues etc.
Although a career as a ceramicist is open to graduate of any discipline, a degree in art can help you settle as a professional designer. In addition you can also join wide variety of part time courses to sharpen your skills even more.
What do I require to become a good Ceramicists?
To be successful in this field you’ll need to have the following skills.
1. Good level of creativity and practical ceramics knowledge.
2. Time management and working within time.
3. Good communication skills are required to talk to clients.
4. A good understanding of health and safety issues.
Where does a ceramic designer work?
Most of the designer work as a freelancer, they work in studios and handcraft several pieces to sell them. You can either open your own studio or work with an existing studio as an co-op.
Establishing yourself as a self proclaimed ceramicist is struggle at first but if you are really good at it you can earn really good. Several institutions like Queen Elizabeth trust can also help you to set up your own studio.
2. Ceramic Engineering
You can also pursue an engineering degree in ceramics. As an ceramic engineer your main job is to create variety of object from non-metallic or inorganic material. Also known as material engineer they specializes in working with variety of ceramic materials like glass, cement etc.
What does a ceramic engineer do?
Your main job as an engineer would be to create new process, technique and equipment and work with different product such as electronic, glassware and other items. Many ceramic engineer also specializes in certain area such as research development where they develop new synthetic form.
How to pursue career as a ceramic engineer?
Ceramic engineer are employed in wide variety of field. Most of them work for agencies working with ceramics, some also work for government and research facilities. To be a ceramic engineer you’d need to have a bachelors degree in ceramic engineering, material engineering and other related field.
To be a successful engineer you need to be licensed and for that you need to pass state examination. For a ceramic engineer education never last, with advance in technology you also need to be up to date with the advancements.
Becoming a ceramic engineer require skills . If you are really serious about being one you need to have practical training and a degree in it. Various institutions offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree in it.
The job prospects while working with ceramics is expected to grow by 8% by 2018. Both as ceramicist and ceramic engineer, the money you’ll make will depend on your experience and skills that you can show.
If you are really interested, then working with ceramics can be made into a successful career.Read more…