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Case Study: Ceramics Designer - Katy

What do you do?

I'm a designer. I do surface and glaze designs for tableware.

What is your background?

Before working at Denby, I sold my own range of tableware to galleries and worked freelance for a card company as a designer.

What characteristics do you need to be successful in your job?

A good eye for colour and pattern placement plus strong drawing and painting skills.

What other jobs could you do using the skills from this job?

Things like art therapist, store merchandiser or gallery assistant.

What are the biggest challenges in your job?

Producing designs that are exciting and new, but are still commercial and factory friendly.

Are there many opportunities to enter this career?

The ceramic industry is a small one, but there are lots of opportunity for surface-pattern designers in the fashion and textile industry.

What do you like about your job?

I enjoy working with very talented people. Plus attending shows, exhibitions and being able to paint and draw most days.

What do you dislike about your job?

Having to make compromises when a design is mass-produced in the factory.

What are your ambitions?

I'd like to stay at Denby and keep building my portfolio of designs that have been launched by the company.

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

Go to college to do an arts foundation diploma, then do a degree in surface pattern design at university.

A day in the life

There is no exact structure to my day, but it normally includes:

  • Researching colours and patterns in magazines and on the internet to create mood boards.
  • Meeting with glaze and print technicians to talk through concepts.
  • Hand-painting, applying lithos and taking work to kiln.

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