Pottery Jobs Index
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"The inhabitants may be generally distinguished as follows: - They consist mainly of workpeople engaged in the manufacture of earthenware and china, and the various trades subsidiary to this manufacture ..... besides these there are numerous auxiliary occupations, such as these of designers, engravers, crate-makers, paper-makers, colour-makers .. In these various trades women and children are employed as well as men very extensively. Children, too, are employed from an early age"
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(the 'Ark' was a large mixing tank)
Art Ware Maker
A caster making ornamental articles
Artist Painter Skilled hand painter who decorates ware by painting.
Sorts bags (for the press) does odd jobs
Baker Maker Shapes
Forms deep oval dishes called a Baker by hand pressing
Weighs and makes balls of clay for thrower
Bank odd man
Fetches and carries. Miscellaneous labourer.
Loads barrow in workshop
Makes basins with a Jolley
Makes divisions for saggers
Makes baths by pressing or casting
Shovels chalk and clay into mill
Batters, tempers, ball of pugged clay for pressers
Removes biscuit ware from basket in china scouring shop
Biscuit Kiln Man
Fires biscuit ware
Scours biscuit ware
- After pottery is biscuit fired it is brushed (scoured) to remove loose particles.
Blunger operator Operates the blunger – a tub or vat in which powerful arms revolve continuously on a vertical shaft – and slowly mixes clay with water to a produce a slip.
Pierces holes by hand in soap and fish dishes, teapot spouts
Bottom Knocker Makes the clay slab for the bottom of the saggar Burnisher
Pours slip into moulds
A flat presser making shall china ware dishes.
China Door Furniture Maker
Makes door knobs, finger panels
Carries clay to pug mill or thrower
Tends slip stirring machine
General term for worker shaping articles in clay
Puts clay slip into canvas bags for pressing the moisture out.
Prepares clay for certain types of tiles.
Puts clay on damping slabs made from plaster to absorb moisture before going into press.
Treads clay with bare feet
Cuts clay into lumps or wedges with wire, beats one against the other to homogenize it and remove air
General term for worker preparing clay up to first firing
Makes pans for closets by casting or pressing in a mould
Mixes ground colours
Jollier making covers for dishes
Fashions by hand fireclay stands
A thrower making crucibles
Designer The modeller / designer was a skilled artist and designer who made the clay model of the item which was to be produced.
Dips biscuit ware
Makes shallow dishes on a jigger
Dish Maker Bats out a flat piece of clay and produced a dish or plate (by hand) on a mould base.
Shovels lumps of clay into hopper of disintergrater machine
Domestic Utensil Maker
Makes domestic untensils on a jolley
smooths edges and joints of clay using a knife, leather, or sponge before firing
Spreads clay dust on plaster slabs to absorb moisture
Encaustic Ware Maker
Makes tiles often finished in unglazed state, inlaid tiles
Assists Jollier, caster, presser smoothing out rough edges
Moulds relief figures for decoration of pottery
Figure painter Hand paints ornamental pottery figures before glazing.
Shakes flint dust out after firing
Flat Ware Maker
Makes flat ware by jigging or pressing
Shovels flints into mill. Grinds them to dust.
Puts powdered flint into saggers
Makes flowers for decoration by pressing in a mould by hand
Flower Painter Hand paints flowers onto pottery ware before glazing, or - hand paints pottery flowers - used in ornamental arrangements.
Pours mixed ground ingredients for glaze into frit mill
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