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Pottery And Porcelain - Occupations Duties

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Back Grinder Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Dress and polishes glazed and decorated ware segregates ware into standard grades
  • Chip pin marks from bottom of ware with dressing iron
  • Grind down dressed spots other defects, like glaze droplets, kiln dirt and color spots, using grinding wheel
  • Polish dressed ware, using power buffer
  • Verify shape dimensional accuracy of ware, using templates
  • Segregate pieces into standard grades according to number type of defects in form, color, and uniformity of glaze coverage.

Back Polisher Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Dress and polishes glazed and decorated ware segregates ware into standard grades
  • Chip pin marks from bottom of ware with dressing iron
  • Grind down dressed spots other defects, like glaze droplets, kiln dirt and color spots, using grinding wheel
  • Polish dressed ware, using power buffer
  • Verify shape dimensional accuracy of ware, using templates
  • Segregate pieces into standard grades according to number type of defects in form, color, and uniformity of glaze coverage.

Batter Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Prepare clay for forming into pottery porcelain ware by either of following methods
  • 1 Pulls chunk of clay from large roll or picks up clay slab cut by machine
  • Center clay on rotating horizontal wheel & pulls lever to lower tool that flattens clay forms bat
  • Throw bat onto jigger mold pulls lever to lower tool that spreads clay firmly over mold
  • 2 Shapes clay into ball by hand and throws clay into jolly mold used in making such hollowware as cups bowls.

Batter out Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Prepare clay for forming into pottery porcelain ware by either of following methods
  • 1 Pulls chunk of clay from large roll or picks up clay slab cut by machine
  • Center clay on rotating horizontal wheel & pulls lever to lower tool that flattens clay forms bat
  • Throw bat onto jigger mold pulls lever to lower tool that spreads clay firmly over mold
  • 2 Shapes clay into ball by hand and throws clay into jolly mold used in making such hollowware as cups bowls.

Bedder Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Sets greenware in piles with sand and clay between pieces to support separate them during bisque-kiln firing by either of following methods
  • 1 Throws refractory clay mixed with sand between each plate and after pile is built up, fills in edges with refractory clay, packing pressing it by hand
  • 2 Arranges ware in piles with sandy clay between layers
  • Fill in edges by setting pile on whirler which revolves it before spout forcing fine sand or refractory clay by gravity between plates
  • Inspect ware rejects inferior pieces
  • May build up pile of greenware in saggers, sanding packing it piece by piece.

Bisque Cleaner Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Clean finishes bisque ware by hand preparatory to glazing
  • Examine ware for visible defects
  • Fill cracks, pinholes and scratches with liquid clay, using brush
  • Grind down rough spots with abrasive stones, smooths ware surfaces with sandpaper, and cleans ware with airhose
  • Hold surface of earthenware against sanding wheel to remove warps, grog clay fragments , and scratches
  • Verify dimensional accuracy of ware to make sure correct fit of lids on such items as compotes teapots, using templates
  • Discard substandard pieces.

Bisque Finisher Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Clean finishes bisque ware by hand preparatory to glazing
  • Examine ware for visible defects
  • Fill cracks, pinholes and scratches with liquid clay, using brush
  • Grind down rough spots with abrasive stones, smooths ware surfaces with sandpaper, and cleans ware with airhose
  • Hold surface of earthenware against sanding wheel to remove warps, grog clay fragments , and scratches
  • Verify dimensional accuracy of ware to make sure correct fit of lids on such items as compotes teapots, using templates
  • Discard substandard pieces.

Block And Case Maker Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Cast plaster block molds, case molds, and working molds used in forming pottery ware, using models, clay, and plaster
  • Place model in clay with upper half of model exposed
  • Brush soap solution on exposed half of model
  • Place wooden form around model or builds up wooden box sides
  • Mix plaster pours it over exposed half of model to form one half of block mold
  • Allow plaster to harden, removes wooden box sides, and turns mold over, leaving model in plaster mold
  • Remove clay, smooths surface of mold, using knife and scrapers applies soap solution
  • Replace box sides around mold pours in plaster to form other half of block mold
  • Cast case mold in similar manner, using block mold as pattern.

Blocker Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Cast plaster block molds, case molds, and working molds used in forming pottery ware, using models, clay, and plaster
  • Place model in clay with upper half of model exposed
  • Brush soap solution on exposed half of model
  • Place wooden form around model or builds up wooden box sides
  • Mix plaster pours it over exposed half of model to form one half of block mold
  • Allow plaster to harden, removes wooden box sides, and turns mold over, leaving model in plaster mold
  • Remove clay, smooths surface of mold, using knife and scrapers applies soap solution
  • Replace box sides around mold pours in plaster to form other half of block mold
  • Cast case mold in similar manner, using block mold as pattern.

Caster Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Cast pottery porcelain ware in plaster of paris molds
  • Fill molds with slip semiliquid clay , using hose from slip supply tank, or bucket
  • Pour excess slip from molds when accumulation of clay around inside of mold opening indicates clay shell inside mold has built up to specified thickness
  • Change position of molds to produce uniform shell thickness of irregularly shaped items
  • Place molds upside down to drain
  • Trim excess clay from inside mold opening, opens mold, and removes green casting when experience observation of shell indicate casting is firm enough to handle
  • Smooth casting surfaces to remove mold marks, using knives wet sponge, and places castings on boards to dry
  • May attach handles [Handler pottery porc. 774.684-022].



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