The making of items from clay, either by hand-building, casting, moulding or throwing.
|Historic area of significance||UK|
|Area currently practised||UK|
|Origin in the UK||Prehistoric|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||Around 1,500|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
|Current no. of trainees||Unknown|
|Current total no. serious amateur makers
|Current total no. of leisure makers
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
Items may be hand-built, cast, moulded or wheel thrown, fired or unfired, and glazed or unglazed.
Based around different techniques, such as Raku firing, wood firing etc.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- Decline in professional training (currently only three full time courses are offered nationally)
- Economic viability in competing with industrial-scale manufacture, especially of functional ware
Craftspeople currently known
The Craft Potters Association website features a list of members. The current scene is covered in Ceramic Review and Crafts magazines
- Ceramic Review