Job Description

 

SUMMARY

ASLD’s Ceramics Studio offers hand-building and wheel-throwing continuing education courses to the local adult community, along with summer clay camps. Ceramics students are guided by instructors who are working artists; they have access to open studio and an array of glazing and firing options.

Under the direct supervision of the Ceramics Studio Manager, the Studio Technician is responsible for loading and unloading kilns, mixing glazes, minor equipment repairs, clay recycling and waste disposal, general studio cleanliness and special projects to enhance the studio environment. The Studio Technician provides occasional support to faculty and students, as well as having input and discussion with the Studio Manager on studio maintenance and/or management issues. Support for visiting artists, workshops, kids camps, exhibits and other studio duties as required.

The Studio Technician must maintain an ongoing interest in improving and utilizing his/her ceramics knowledge overall and work consistently towards maintaining an excellent ceramics program and studio environment. A good attitude, self-motivation, ability to work with individuals with diverse interests and abilities, and willingness to listen to and follow instructions within a high volume, busy studio environment is essential. This is a physically demanding position that includes regular heavy lifting and physical activity.

 

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Background in ceramics — 3–4 years technical experience working in a ceramics studio
    and/or Bachelor’s Degree in ceramics with technical course work. Preference will be
    given to candidates with strong, proven ceramics technical skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of ceramics studio processes and procedures.
  • Practical knowledge of glaze mixing and materials, firing processes, clay bodies and
    ceramics studio practices.
  • Technical knowledge of ceramic raw materials.
  • Experience with minor repairs of ceramics studio equipment.
  • Math skills to calculate glaze recipes.
  • Attention to detail and ability to focus while mixing glaze recipes.
  • Ability to lift 50–75 lbs. on a regular (daily) basis, including moving and storing clay and
    chemicals.
  • Ability to stand all day long while working in a clay studio and carry ceramic work up and
    down stairs.
  • Ability to take direction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Studio Technician will assist the Ceramics Studio Manager and other studio staff with all operational aspects of the ceramics studio, including:

  • Following and enforcing all ceramics studio guidelines.
  • Loading and unloading electric kilns, and assisting with loading and unloading the gas
    kiln.
  • Glaze mixing and maintenance.
  • Glaze testing.
  • Studio maintenance, cleaning and upkeep, including cleaning clay traps.
  • Picking up clay and supplies.
  • Checking and maintaining glaze and materials inventory.
  • Kiln furniture maintenance and upkeep.
  • Reporting to studio manager on equipment maintenance and repair issues and
    performing minor repairs.
  • Occasional support to students, faculty, visiting artists and ceramics exhibits.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Studio Manager.

Hours/Work Schedule:

Part-time, year round. 12 hours/week. Work days will be arranged with the Studio Manager and will include a minimum of two alternating Fridays and Saturdays per month. Primary priority within this position will be loading and firing kilns, maintaining studio glazes and equipment maintenance.

 

ABOUT THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF DENVER

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SHERMAN SCHOOL

Modeled on the famous Art Students League of New York, The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) first opened its doors in 1987 with a handful of recognized artists teaching over 100 students within its first year.

Today, located in the historic Sherman School in the West Washington Park area, ASLD engages over 900 students a month, with over 200 noted artists who teach diverse fine arts courses throughout the year. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ASLD is supported by private donations, tuition, foundation grants, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.

At ASLD, every student has the opportunity to study with regionally and nationally recognized working artists in a wide selection of media. Our ongoing classes, workshops and youth summer camps provide hands-on experiences for all ages and ability levels. Community engagement is central to ASLD mission and realized through partnerships with local organizations. 

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The compensation for this position is based on market data and commensurate with experience.

The Studio Technician may use the ceramics studio during open studio time when not working, as well as have a small amount of work fired as a benefit of employment. ASLD employees may also take unlimited classes at no charge and pay only materials and lab fees.  

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT

ASLD is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity and strives to be an inclusive organization. We are committed to building a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

TO APPLY

Applicants should send 3 images of your work, cover letter, resume and three professional references by November 22, 2019 to: Shelley Schreiber, Ceramics Studio Manager, Art Students League of Denver, s.schreiber@asld.org. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. Applications will be accepted until November 22, 2019.