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Mississauga Potters' Guild Employment Opportunity (Part-time Position) 

Opportunity closes Dec 11, 2020.

Description: 

The Mississauga Potters' Guild is looking for an experienced ceramicist to fulfill a part-time Studio Technician position. The studio is  run by and for members. The successful candidate will be responsible for fulfilling tech duties as outlined below to ensure the studio is maintained. Successful candidates will be motivated/knowledgeable about the ceramic creative process and  equipment, be a team player, able to coordinate with Guild Executive, be flexible to work/attend occasional meetings and host  events/orientations, be trustworthy and a leader with confidence in managing a studio space, have a friendly demeanor and  great people skills, and have safety knowledge related to chemical handling and kiln operation. Must be able to submit to a  background check if required.  

The studio is equipped with potter's wheels, slab roller, pug mill, hand-building tables, extruder, spray booth, glaze kitchen, and 3 kilns in a kiln room.  

Position: Part-time Studio Technician  

Sector: Non-profit organization  

Hours: 15 hours per week, flexible (potential for additional hours in future) 

Position Starts: January 2021

Duties will include:  

  • Scheduling and firing a communal bisque and a communal glaze kiln monthly 

  • Managing the kiln calendar bookings for guild members

  • Maintaining and ordering studio inventory: clay, tools, glaze materials, cleaning supplies, etc.  

  • Maintaining and making studio glazes and slips, while practicing safe chemical handling, proper mixing/containment of glazes 

  • Developing and testing new glaze formulae  

  • Making glaze and bisque cone packs for general use  

  • Making kiln cookies for general studio use  

  • Managing general inquiries from members and the public about studio procedures, activities, etc.  

  • Managing, clean up, bisque, and glaze, of work from public outreach programs

  • Scheduling, attending and/or performing equipment maintenance (ie: clay traps, kiln maintenance, wheel maintenance, being on site when landlord or repair person requires guild access)  

  • Running membership clinics and tutorials for studio equipment  

  • Managing, reclaiming and pugging studio reclaim clay  

  • Overseeing and educating members on general studio use to make sure rules and procedures are being followed and correspondence with members, if required

  • Organizing and coordinating annual studio clean up  

  • Cleaning and tidying, if needed (light, general)  

  • Administrative tasks and maintaining administrative records

  • Writing and updating studio operating procedures

  • Assist in the development and updating of the studio budget and expenses

  • Research equipment and safety issues, as required

Skills and Qualifications

  • University or College Arts Degree or Diploma with significant focus on ceramics OR other equivalent professional experience working with ceramics

  • Ability to create ceramic art in both hand built and wheel thrown forms 

  • Demonstrated technical competency in all aspects of ceramic studio operations 

  • Must be knowledgeable in the operation of electric kilns  

  • Knowledge of health and safety practices and appropriate PPE

  • Demonstrated physical capacity needed to manage a busy ceramic studio (Some heavy lifting - 50 lbs) 

  • Collaborative leadership style that values constructive input

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Organized, detail and process oriented with ability to problem solve and prioritize workload

  • Strong customer service orientation

  • Willing to lead by example on best practices i.e. wearing particulate respirator and safety glasses

  • Proficiency in email and other standard office use software, computer literacy

  • First Aid, CPR and AED certificate is an asset 

  • Artistic, creative, inspirational!

  • Ability to work flexible hours including some weekends  


How to apply: 

Please forward your cover letter and resume to studio@mississaugapotters.com .  

We thank all applicants for applying but only those short-listed for an interview will be contacted.  



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