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Potters, Manufacturing Career Video

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.

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On a manufacturing floor, technical problems can result in complete havoc. Molders, shapers and casters need to be composed and consistent to carry out detailed production processes, they may craft food products, candles, tiles, figurines, and pipes from a variety of materials, such as clay, glass, concrete, and stone. Stone cutters and carvers follow diagrams to cut stone with hand and pneumatic tools. They also use sandblasting and polishing equipment to finish the stone. Glass workers shape molten glass according to patterns. They heat glass at very high temperatures until it becomes pliable, then mold or blow it to form products. Minor injuries, such as burns and cuts, occur frequently. Potters make ceramic and stoneware products using production machines or a potter's wheel that spins the clay as the potter shapes it with their hands. Potters mix and apply glazes, and operate the kilns to harden the pottery. Molding and casting workers mix materials, construct and fill molds, and cast products from metal, clay, or plaster. They use heating equipment to bake material, then finish products by boring holes, trimming excess material, or stamping with identification symbols. Conditions that are sometimes hazardous require most of these workers to wear protective clothing and equipment every day. They stand and make repetitive motions much of the day, and may work around loud noise. Most positions require a high school diploma, although potters typically require technical training or on-the-job experience.