Being a professional ceramicist in France

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Crafts in focus: a ceramicist or céramiste needs art and technical skill to transform clay into a beautiful object

Being a professional ceramicist or potter means knowing every stage in the transformation of clay into a solid object, which could be a day-to-day plate, a tile or a piece of artwork such as a sculpture.

There are five stages.

First the preparation and choice of clay, which will play a big role in the way it can be used. The humidity must be just right as too dry is unworkable and too wet will not hold its shape. It must be worked so there are no pockets of air which could make the piece explode in the kiln.

It then has to be shaped on the potter’s wheel, or using techniques such as hand building, sculpting, or in moulds.

The finished shape must then dry ...

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