Clay Pottery Maker

Ceramic Designer

Mould Maker

The tasks a Clay Maker (Pottery) is expected to perform include:

Preparing and making clay for pottery articles

Mixing different types of clay manually or in a mixing machine fitted with double shafts and rollers

Adding the required quantity of water for mixing the clay

Stacking the clay in yards for curing and drying

Checking by sight and touch that the moisture content of the clay is to the required standard for pressing

Feeding the conveyor with cured clay for dropping in the mixing and pug mill or feeding the mill manually with clay

Knowledge about the type of clay to use, such as earthenware, stoneware or porcelain

Ability to use various tools, including pottery wheels, moulds and carving tools

Well-versed with operating the blunger and auxiliary equipment to blend and mix clay

Proficient with mixing clays according to the formula

Hand-eye coordination

Near vision

Good colour sense

Arm-hand steadiness

Will be updated

Attention to detail

It requires one to be on their feet

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Clay product and refractory manufacturing industries usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from unit to unit

Shift system maybe available

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, working hours and days are flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory disorders, injuries, eyesight problems, nerve disorders, skin problems, vision and hearing impairment, etc.

Health risks include exposure to toxic chemicals in art and clay materials, exposure to harmful levels of volatile solvents used in paint and coating, sharp crafting tools, exposure to heavy metals, radiation and dust, lifting, pushing, pulling, and repetitive tasks, confined spaces, etc.

For freshers - INR 5,000 to INR 6,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 yearsof experience or more - INR 7,500 to INR 10,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Employment Prospects and the Significant Growth of the Indian Handicrafts Industry

The story of Indian handicrafts dates back to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Indian handicrafts represent beauty, dignity, form and style. In the 1970s, the government initiated the preservation of crafts and skill upgrade with respect to the challenges the sector was facing. However the focus shifted to export in the later decades. It plays a significant role in the country?s economy and provides employment to more than 7.3 million people mostly from rural and semi-urban areas. Today, handicrafts and handcrafted gift items manufactured and exported from India are much sought after and have established an unsurpassable reputation in the international market. According to provisional data, the export of Indian handicrafts in the period of April-August 2014-15 has shown an increase of US$ 256.32 million, which is about 18.06 per cent over the same period in 2013-14.

Based on historical trends, the handicrafts sector is expected to grow by 16 per cent from 2013?17 and by another 16 per cent from 2017?22.

Clay manufacturers across India

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