A potter uses clay to create works of art. There are a wide variety of clays to choose from, each with their own unique properties. The clay a pottery maker chooses depends on what they want the finished product to be like.
Many different tools are used in this profession, including carving tools, molds, pottery wheels, and kilns.
After molding clay into a desired shape, the pottery maker places it in a kiln, a specialized oven that dries and hardens clay. After the piece has baked in the kiln, it is removed, painted, and then glazed.
Along with making their works of art, self-employed potters must learn to sell those pieces to consumers. They do this by opening their own store fronts, selling their work through consignment shops and craft fairs, and displaying their pieces at art galleries. Learning to promote themselves and their art is an important skill for these artists. Their level of success depends on their ability to build a reputation in their field.