job posting: Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

The ideal candidate for the Executive Director of Haystack
Mountain School of Crafts will demonstrate a passionate
commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and
values, and to advancing the field of craft, art, and design.
This person will be a forward-looking leader who will sustain and cultivate Haystack’s
position at the vanguard of contemporary craft. Building on the strength of the
Strategic Plan, the Executive Director will engage and inspire a broad and diverse
network to build philanthropic support so that Haystack can meet the changing needs
of the 21st century, some of which include:
increasing accessibility physically to the campus, economically through
scholarships and other support, and virtually through digital programming and
other offerings;
advancing a more comprehensive and inclusive conception of contemporary
craft and making that holds true to Haystack’s commitment to excellence; and
continuing to pursue goals of equity in relation to staff, board, and participants
throughout the organization.
The Executive Director builds and stewards relationships with broadly diverse
constituencies, partners, and communities, locally, nationally, and globally; the
successful candidate will have genuine compassion for and curiosity about people
and will enthusiastically embrace the role of bridge-builder and “the face of
Haystack,” whether locally in the Deer Isle community or among international leaders
in the field of contemporary craft. This individual will bring experience and skill in
working collaboratively with an active and engaged board, particularly around
supporting the board in educating new members in best practices and expectations.
The next Executive Director will be transparent, collaborative, and inclusive, and
will use empathy and high emotional intelligence to partner with, support, and
motivate a committed staff. A strong systems thinker, the Executive Director will further
the professionalization of processes and procedures in place while maintaining
Haystack’s hands-on and experimental character. Given the significance and
uniqueness of the physical campus and its needs, the next Executive Director should
be comfortable with capital projects and have an understanding of facility needs, in
order to establish strong, trust-based reporting relationships with facilities staff and the
building and grounds committee.
The successful candidate will have a positive, “can-do” mindset, good humor, and
confident self-possession. Resilience and the ability to “grow and thrive where one
is planted” will be essential in sustaining balance through the program-intensive activities of the summer as well as the quieter but no less productive planning stages,
including the development of annual collateral materials during the winter months.
This individual will live in close proximity to Haystack year-round while also traveling
frequently to promote the work of the organization.

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job posting: Ceramics Studio Technician at The Potters’ Studio, Berkeley, CA

Posted on February 28, 2022 – open until filled

Position Description:
The Studio Tech sees to the routine maintenance and functioning of the studio and reports to the Operations Manager.

There are 2 positions available, one part-time and one full-time. Must be available to work weekends.

Immediate opening; Part-time: $18 to $20 per hour. Full-time $37,440 to $41,600. There is an initial 90-day evaluation period with review.

Summary of Responsibilities (not limited to):

o We emphasize a clean studio. Every staff member is responsible for keeping the studio clean and organized (tables, workspaces, bats, floors, shelving, pots, etc.).
o Keep the main studio clean and ready for use by members and students.
o Clean and maintain the restrooms.
o Keep the kitchen tidy and clean.
o Deal with the trash, recycling and putting out the Waste Management containers for pick up.

o Wear a RED APRON when on duty to indicate that you are the “go to person” to answer questions.
o Students and members can ask a lot of questions about clay, glazes, firing, studio protocols, etc. You will be expected to answer these questions in a friendly and knowledgeable manner.
o Guide members and users of the studio regarding studio protocols.

o Prepare the clay Clean-Up Barrels for the day’s use.
o Set wet clay onto plaster bats for recycling.

o Keep the glazes mixed.
o Keep the glaze area clean.
o Maintain and fire glaze waste.

o Vacuum kilns.
o Load and unload electric kilns.
o Maintain kiln shelves.

o Help with gas kiln unloading.

**The Studio Tech is not responsible for repairing kilns and other equipment.

o Keep track of fired goods throughout the studio, rotating them onto the Rack of Doom and discarding uncollected wares after 60 days.

· CONTRACT FIRING (we fire work for outside people who are studio members or students)
o Help contract firers measure their work and fill out Firing Submission Forms.
o Answer questions and give advice about firing.

o Ring up customer sales (clay sales, firing fees, day-passes, etc.) on the register (POS). Training will be provided.

o The studio uses lots of paper forms to track things like clay inventory, firing, orientations etc. The supply of forms should be checked daily and more forms should be printed if necessary.

o Online or phone ordering of clay, supplies and equipment when needed.

Required Skills:
· Have a well-rounded background in ceramics, able to offer solid advice on all sorts of ceramics-related topics (glazing, clays, firing, building techniques, etc.)
· Have a thorough understanding of electric kiln loading and firing, as well as kiln shelf maintenance.
· Be physically fit and strong enough to comfortably pick up and carry 75-pound buckets.
· Be organized in terms of maintaining the physical space of the studio and in your approach to tasks.
· Attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills.
· Good interpersonal skills; relate well on the phone and in person; demonstrate patience and kindness in all interactions with members, students and staff.
· Be comfortable as a multi-tasker and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
· Show initiative and have a positive attitude to doing assigned tasks.
· Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team, and to stay focused under pressure.
· Ability to work outside typical hours on occasion.
· Commitment to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that members, students and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included.
· Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.
· Friendly, reliable, easy-going.
· Basic computer skills – MS Office, Google Docs, ability to use POS systems.

Physical Requirements of the Position
· Ability to move items weighing up to 75lbs and transport items in and out of vehicles.
· Ability to work on feet/run errands as needed.

Part-time: 16 hours to 32 hours per week
Full-time: 40 hours per week
Must be able to work weekends

Part-time: Studio Membership, employee assistance program

Full-time: Studio Membership, 401(k) (after one year of employment), health insurance, dental and vision insurance, employee assistance program, life insurance, paid time off.


Email cover letter and resumé. The cover letter should include why you would be a good fit, what you’d bring to the organization and what appeals to you about this position. No phone calls please.

The Potters’ Studio is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics ), genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, denial of family and medical care leave , or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour

The Potters’ Studio is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization located in Berkeley, CA and has been in operation for 50 years. We are a ceramics studio that has 24/7 access for members. We hold classes and workshops in-person and have firing services for members and non-members.

Our mission is to educate, nurture and inspire a diverse community of ceramic artists. We provide the space, support and tools for creativity, growth, community, connection and joy for those who make and appreciate ceramics. We believe that diversity and inclusiveness make for a better experience for everyone.

We are a community-based organization and welcome and care about everyone who interacts with the studio. We foster connections and sharing of experiences in our community. Our goal is to make ceramics available to all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or ability.

We encourage all who are interested to apply regardless of whether they meet all the skill requirements listed here. We are committed to opening access to all people who wish to learn and grow in a creative environment.

Job Posting – Ceramic Studio Technician Port Moody Arts Centre (PoMoArts)

Overview: Are you a ceramic artist looking for a rewarding job supporting your artistic community and practice? Are you a  self-motivated, hardworking, resourceful individual who enjoys working with both amateur and professional potters?

In this role, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all the operational and technical aspects of the PoMoArts ceramic studio. You will also have the opportunity to join our Ceramic Arts Teaching Faculty and supplement the income and duties of this role, with that additional activity.  This role is best suited to a candidate that has the necessary technical expertise to successfully undertake the required duties, good time management and organizational skills to be efficient and timely with all tasks, and the necessary social skills to sustain a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Organization Description:

Established in 1998, PoMoArts is a not-for-profit organization housed in a beautiful heritage facility. Functioning as a gallery exhibition space and an arts education centre, we offer classes in visual arts, ceramics and music to people of all ages and experience levels, as well as hosting an annual Ceramic Artist in Residency Program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage inventory & stock of all studio supplies, maintaining cost & quality control • Manage & direct clay disposal/recycling
  • Research, prepare, test and develop all required glazes
  • Kiln firing (electric) & maintenance
  • Basic maintenance & testing of equipment, and coordination of repairs with outside contractors • Maintain a safe & clean work environment, conducting a cleanup of abandoned work regularly • Enforce proper safety & studio usage expectations, including COVID-19 protocols.
  • Maintain positive & effective communication with the teaching faculty and the Ceramic Artist in  Residence, supporting their technical needs as required.
  • Maintain all Health and Safety records including up to date MSDS Sheets
  • As needed, support the Program Manager in assessing and evaluating the technical aspects of new course proposals and instructor suitability.
  • Other related duties that may arise from time to time

Required Experience/Education/Attributes:

  • University/College Fine Arts Degree with a 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
  • Demonstrated physical capacity needed to manage a busy ceramic studio
  • Organized, detail and process-oriented
  • Knowledge of health and safety requirements including the handling and labelling of all hazardous materials. WHHIS training preferred.
  • Ability to pass a satisfactory criminal and vulnerable sector record check
  • First Aid, CPR and AED certificate is an asset
  • Artistic, creative, inspirational!

Note: This is not an exclusive or comprehensive listing of the responsibilities required of this position.  Remuneration: $25-$29/hour Pay will be commensurate with education and experience.

Schedule of Work: Between 20-25 hours/week depending on workload – a mixture of daytime, evening and weekends. You will be expected to work during 2-3 open studios sessions/week, where you will also act as non-teaching supervisor.

Application Deadline: Sun. Feb. 27th 2022, midnight

Start date: Ideally, week of March 14th, 2022

How to Apply: Send application to: [email protected] 

Attention: Ceramic Technician Hiring Committee


  • Send your application in a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT
  • In the subject heading of your email use: “Application – Ceramic Technician”
  • Specifically, note the following in your application:

– Type of courses you’re interested in teaching at PoMoArts in addition to this role

– 3 References (note your reporting relationship)

– Website links or social media accounts that showcase your ceramic work

– Minimum 10 images of your own ceramic work

PoMoArts is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression, race or colour,  ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family or marital status or (dis)ability. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

call for Studio Assistantships @ Penland


Studio assistants are students who assist instructors and are responsible for maintaining the school’s standards for studio operation. They receive housing and meals and pay only a $5 application fee in Slideroom and a $25 non-refundable processing fee if selected.

Studio assistants are selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to 25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before their session and may have some work to do on Friday after the session is over. Clay studio assistants have a work assignment on Saturday morning after the session and stay on campus Friday night.

Summer 2022

See a full list of workshops offered HERE. Please apply using the scholarship application form on Slideroom by 11:59 PM ET on February 17, 2022.

Note: we cannot accept applications from studio assistants who are not US citizens unless they have current documents authorizing them to work in the US.

Studio Assistantships