Formal education is not required, however many aspiring potters seek a formal education in order to learn skills, improve existing skills, and increase their job prospects.

Some take informal, non-credit pottery classes and workshops given by pottery studios, art centers, craft fairs, high schools, and community colleges. A class or workshop can last anywhere from a day or two to several months. Most classes or workshops focus on individuals at a specific skill level; be it beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Some aspiring potters pursue a formal education. To earn a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics, an individual must complete a four year program at an accredited college or university.

An apprenticeship is another way to train as a potter. An apprentice works with an experienced master potter, who will teach them not only about pottery making, but also about the business aspects of being one. Apprenticeships can last up to three years.

What are Potters like?


Based on our pool of users, potters tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Potters by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 111 Sokanu users

Are Potters happy?


Potters rank among the happiest careers. Overall they rank in the 95th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Potter Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Potters

The most common degree held by potters is Fine Arts. 9% of potters had a degree in fine arts before becoming potters. That is over 5 times the average across all careers. Studio Arts graduates are the second most common among potters, representing 4% of potters in the Sokanu user base, which is 6.7 times the average.

Potter Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Potter, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of potters % of population Multiple
Fine Arts 9.0% 2.0% 4.6×
Studio Arts 3.6% 0.5% 6.7×
Liberal Arts 3.6% 1.9% 1.9×
Anthropology And Archeology 3.6% 1.2% 2.9×
Graphic Design 3.6% 1.3% 2.7×
Marketing And Marketing Research 2.7% 2.2% 1.3×
Foreign Language Studies 2.7% 1.3% 2.1×
English Literature 2.7% 4.9% 0.6×
Art History 2.7% 0.7% 4.0×
Psychology 2.7% 6.8% 0.4×
Accounting 1.8% 1.7% 1.0×

Potter Education Levels

39% of potters have an associate's degree. 24% of potters have a high school diploma.

No education 9%
High school diploma 24%
Associate's degree 39%
Bachelor's degree 24%
Master's degree 4%
Doctorate degree 0%

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