Open House TONIGHT!!!

Don’t spend a minute contemplating it, just jump in the car and come out to the Medalta Open House tonight at 7pm and see in person what everyone here has been working on all month. We’d love to see you there if you can make it.

Medalta International Artists in Residence Program
713 Medalta Avenue SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, T1A 3K9
Telephone: (403) 529–1070
Fax: (403) 580–5868

Job posting – Assistant Store Manager-Heath LA

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Job Title: Assistant Store Manager
Heath, Los Angeles

Heath Ceramics is a 60-year-old manufacturer of classic, high-end dinnerware and architectural tile. We are a family owned company of approximately 85 people driven by the goal of continuing the traditions of locally manufactured, handcrafted products with a design heritage
Clientele ranges from architects and designers to chefs, design savvy shoppers, out-of-towners and bargain shoppers. An important part of selling our product is telling the Heath story – a rich tradition of design and craftsmanship, along with a dedication to established pottery techniques and local manufacturing in the Bay Area. This position is perfect for anyone that appreciates fine craftsmanship, supports local manufacturing and enjoys educating and assisting the public.

Job Description:
The Assistant Store Manager will work in partnership with the Retail Manager to promote a quality sales and customer service driven environment. Acting as a leader, you will work to achieve or exceed sales goals, fulfill all operational requirements, prevent inventory loss and assure each customer receives a positive store/brand experience as a role model and through coach and mentoring the team. Assist Retail Manager in effectively managing store operations, maintain appropriate inventory levels and merchandising standards.

• In Partnership with the Retail Manager, the Assistant Store Manager is responsible for a staff of 3-6 sales associates and the day to day operations of the store.
• Ensure team provides an exceptional customer store experience at all times firstly through leading by example then supporting the team through coaching and mentoring.
• Demonstrate the ability to motivate and influence others through actions and example and to achieve results both independently and through others by fostering a spirit of teamwork and cooperation.
• Maintain presence through effective floor management and ensure staff coverage in all areas of the store at all times.
• Prioritize, plan and adjust schedules and daily agendas to meet business goals. Hold team accountable to achieving goals.
• In partnership with the Retail Manager, manage store-operating procedures i.e., inventory levels and cash control to minimize store losses. Be prepared to act quickly and decisively in situations where there is unexplained loss and partner with Retail Manager to ensure appropriate action is taken.
• Responsible for ensuring the store meets company guidelines in opening and closing.
• Maintain a safe work environment and ensure ongoing safety training and awareness.
• -In partnership with the Retail Manager, monitor company assets through accurate inventory procedures.
• Ensure store standards are met and maintained, i.e., visuals, cleanliness, signage, safety, etc.-Lead by example and ensure associates comply with all Company policies and procedures.
• Ability to think through complex issues and allocate time to execute multiple tasks and changing priorities.

• Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and selecting qualified candidates to build a talent pipeline that achieves current and future business goals.
• Develop associates to assume increased levels of responsibility. Commitment to achieving and exceeding sales targets.
• Demonstrate effective communication, organization and leadership skills at all times.
• Ability to identify top talent and train/develop/retain great people.
• Availability to work closing shift a minimum of three times per week, minimum of three Saturdays per month and two Sundays per month, annual inventory and entire holiday season (November and December).
• Ability to lift and mobilize medium to large items, while utilizing appropriate equipment and safety techniques.

This is a salaried position with benefits paid at 100%

Minimum 3 years team management, ideally in specialty retail. Have proven track record of managing staff to meet and exceed all company sales and operational goals.

Ideally experience in design, and/or homewares retailing.

College degree preferred

Strong communication skills: written and verbal

For more information on Heath Ceramics, visit

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

HEATH CERAMICS is an equal opportunity employer

Compensation: Salary DOE

Ceramic Architecture for Haiti

Designboom today just posted about Cal Earth who I’ve been following in the news for a few years now. The post (find it here) is about some relief efforts for Haiti, but you should also check out the Cal Earth website for more info about the research, how you can get involved and even how you can learn to build one of your own ceramic shelters.