Ceramics for Beginners

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Ceramics for Beginners

Start: 19/11/2019
Days: Tue
Time: 18:00-20:00

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Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers

Glass and ceramics workers, form, shape, decorate, smooth and polish glassware, earthenware, refractory goods, clay bricks and other ceramic goods.

Key Responsibilities

  • Applies decorative designs and finishes to glassware, optical glass and ceramic goods by grinding, smoothing, polishing, cutting, etching, dipping, painting or transferring patterns or labels.
  • Cuts and joins unfired stoneware pipes to form junctions and gullies, moulds sealing bands on clay pipes, prepares and joins porcelain or earthenware components and assists crucible makers and stone workers with their tasks.
  • Throws, casts and presses clay by hand or machine to form pottery, stoneware or refractory goods such as bricks, crucibles, ornaments, sanitary furnishings, saggars, cups, saucers, plates and roofing tiles.
  • Makes models and moulds from moulding clay and plaster for use in the making and casting of pottery and other ceramic goods.
  • Makes artificial eyes, laminated glass sheets or blocks, glass fibre tissue, wool, filament and matting, marks optical lenses and assembles rimless spectacles.
  • Uses hand tools and operates machinery to heat, bend, shape, press, drill and cut glass.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£22,838

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 151
2020 150
2021 151

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,888 10%
£19,573 25%
£22,838 50%
£27,664 75%
£34,258 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

8 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 17.97%
25-34 12.44%
35-44 18.8%
45-54 28.36%
55-64 18.62%
65+ 3.78%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 5.68%
Level 1 14.14%
Level 2 30.09%
Level 3 19.16%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 7.03%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 16.06%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 5.68%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 2.15%

Glass and ceramics process operatives

Glass and ceramics process operatives position articles ready for firing in kilns and operate and attend furnaces and kilns to make and treat glass and ceramic items.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cuts off heat supply after firing/heating/drying and cleans furnace and kiln areas.
  • Monitors temperature of drying and annealing kilns and reports any significant deviations from schedule sheet.
  • Operates controls to rotate rotary furnaces and create a vacuum in vacuum furnaces, ensures that static furnaces are correctly positioned and switches on current.
  • Sets timing and temperature controls, monitors pressure gauges, adjusts controls as necessary and regulates level of glass in furnace as required.
  • Directs loading of furnace with prescribed quantities and types of ingredients.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£21,403

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 77
2020 77
2021 78

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,410 10%
£18,470 25%
£21,403 50%
£25,314 75%
£31,990 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

3 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 9.65%
25-34 30.3%
35-44 13.62%
45-54 43.28%
55-64 3.12%
65+ 0%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 11.94%
Level 2 41.11%
Level 3 46.95%
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