Many potters are self-employed, and can usually set their own hours. They make money by selling their works to individuals via art galleries, craft fairs, and personal studio show rooms. Some also sell their wares online.
Typically, self-employed pottery makers have an art studio in which they do their work.
Besides self-employment, there are other employment options. Many work as instructors, teaching pottery making classes and workshops in schools, colleges, or private settings. Some work for various private sector industries, like pottery manufacturers. Pottery makers, especially those with some type of formal education, can also work in art galleries, art museums and art foundations.
Many craft artists teach art to others. In order to teach art in an elementary or secondary school, an individual must usually have a teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree. Teaching in a college or university requires an advanced degree in fine arts.