STUDIO TECHNICIAN: PROTO-TYPING & DIGITAL FABRICATION

This new position is a part of The Clay Studio (TCS) education and community engagement team, including the Education Manager, Program Assistants, three other Studio Technicians, the Community Engagement (CE) Manager, CE Assistant, and CE Teaching Artists. The Proto-typing Studio Technician supports all aspects of TCS studio processes, focusing on the new digital and traditional Fabrication Studio and teaching digital fabrication classes.

As we look to the future of the ceramic arts discipline, we know that digital technology tools will become a part of artists' practices, evolving how artists create work - the same way the wheel transformed ceramics. With the completion of our new facility, we believe it is critical to provide equitable access to new digital technologies for our whole community.

DESCRIPTION OF THE STUDIO:

The new digital fabrication studio and mold-making/ceramic studio will potentially include the following:

  • Two Form Labs 3-D Printers
  • One Form Labs Wash & Cure Station 
  • Glow Forge Pro Laser Cutter and Air Filtration System
  • 3D PotterBot 10XL
  • 3D Potter Wall Mount Clay Extruder
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Printer for Ceramic Decals
  • Six Mac Workstations and two Laptops
  • Specialty materials - resin, toner, transfer sheets - for equipment
    We also look forward to recommendations from the staff member in this new position to finalize our plans.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties and responsibilities of the Studio Technician, reflecting the tasks associated with their key competencies:

CUSTOMER FOCUS & EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

  • Supervise and promote safe studio practices while fully engaging with students, in-house artists, and staff and fostering positive communication in a productive community environment.
  • Provides training in the safe use of all studio tools, materials, and equipment and tracking student’s tool and process authorizations
  • Helps determine when new equipment is needed and when repairs will suffice
  • Serves as a resource by providing concise safety and/or technique demonstrations, general studio guidance to students, in-house artists, staff, and community projects.
  • Meets deadlines for processing students' work each term
  • Offers technical assistance to the TCS community 
  • Helps maintain an excellent and safe environment 

PLANNING & TEACHING

  • Teach up to two classes per week and quarterly weekend workshops
  • Tracks inventory of all supplies and materials 
  • Supports TCS programs, workshops, and all special events 

OCCUPATIONAL

  • Load and unload gas and electric kilns of varying sizes
  • Inspects, maintains, and repairs all Studios and Equipment
  • Assists with clay and chemical deliveries and other deliveries when needed 
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Bending at the waist, sitting, kneeling, climbing, walking, crouching as the job may require
  • Keep studio equipment and studio spaces clean, repaired, organized, and prepared for class use
  • Keeping Safety Data Sheets (SDS) up to date to reflect all chemical products used in studios
  • Monitoring inventory
  • Understanding and fulfilling the maintenance requirements of shop equipment

ESSENTIAL SKILLS:

  • Experience with mold-making and the digital technologies listed above is preferred
  • A focus on customer service and community building
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs 
  • A high level of attention to detail and the ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Self-motivation and dedication to excellence
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and work independently
  • Experience loading and firing kilns

QUALIFICATIONS & COMPENSATION:

  • 1-year studio technician and teaching experience in a ceramic studio is preferred
  • Salary range of $55,000-$60,000, depending upon qualifications, experience and performance
  • A complete benefits package is included

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:
This position works in partnership with the other Studio Technicians and Education department staff. The position reports to the Deputy Director on all matters related to the job description and obtaining appropriate & final approvals.

WORK SCHEDULE:
The Studio Technician works 40 hours per week, on average. Regular hours for the position vary depending on the time/day of teaching digital fabrication classes, which is part of the position. A Studio Tech is expected to be present for gas firings on a rotating schedule and participate in special events that may occur outside of regular business hours; in these instances, hours are adjusted accordingly.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  
This person must be aware of the health hazards of working with clay and glaze chemicals and take appropriate measures to be safe.  

HOW TO APPLY:
Send resume and cover letter to  jobs@theclaystudio.org. No phone calls, please. The Clay Studio will review applications immediately.

The Clay Studio is an equal-opportunity employer. The Clay Studio values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic minorities to apply.

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EXHIBITION PROJECT COORDINATOR

ABOUT THE CLAY STUDIO 

Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio is dedicated to supporting artists and the community through access to the ceramic arts through our gallery, classes, Claymobile, artist studios, & free programming. Having recently opened our new building in a culturally rich neighborhood experiencing rapid growth challenges, The Clay Studio is committed to being a positive force within this changing environment. We are responsible to our community and the local, national, and international art spheres as a place to experience the best of ceramic art. Through our exhibition projects, we can thoughtfully advance our community-centered exhibition design process that reflects the founding principle of The Clay Studio: collaboration and creative expression.

EXHIBITION PROJECT COORDINATOR

The Exhibition Project Coordinator (EPC) will work closely with the Curator, assisting with all aspects of the work to plan and execute all exhibitions at The Clay Studio. The EPC will be an integral member of the exhibition team. Our community-centered exhibition design structure includes the curators, artists, Council, partners, audience, and the staff working on the projects. 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the Curator of Artistic Programs to manage the planning and production of major exhibitions Future of Clay (Fall 2024) and Clay as Care (Fall 2025) 
  • Engagement with other team members: Co-curators, Deputy Directory, and Communications Designer.
  • Coordinate studio visits, meetings, and communications with artists, co-curators, partners, and the Exhibition Council. 
  • Assist the Curator in keeping the project on schedule and within budget (track expenses, etc.)
  • Coordinate images, photo credits, essays, and other materials for print publication, web module, social media, press release, exhibition wall text, registrarial paperwork, etc. 
  • Provide general administrative support, including note-taking, filing, scheduling meetings, preparing presentations, and other tasks as needed.
  • Assist with grant report writing and documentation.
  • Coordinate events related to the exhibitions, including Exhibition Council Meetings and public events during each exhibition. Send invitations, encourage RSVPs, attend, and provide support.
  • Conduct surveys of visitors to the gallery .
  • Duties will include some evening and weekend hours.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA or Masters (preferred but not required) in art history, museum education, community arts/community organizing, art education, or related field
  • Experience with administrative work, research, writing, audience engagement, exhibition planning, museums (at least one)
  • Ability to assess, prioritize, schedule, and manage multiple aspects of the project 
  • Exceptional organizational skills, advanced planning capabilities, and attention to detail 
  • The ability to work collaboratively is essential
  • Spanish Language Skills (preferred but not required)
  • Strong writing and editing skills 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, project coordination software, and website/social media programs

WORK SCHEDULE  & COMPENSATION

  • Start Date: January 2, 2024 
  • End Date: January 31, 2026 – with the possibility of extension pending further grants
  • Part-Time: Approximately 20 hours per week. Flexible schedule depending on the needs of meetings, exhibition installation, and events
  • Compensation: $21 - $25/hour depending on experience
  • Special Projects include:
  • Future of Clay – William Penn funded – Fall 2024
  • Clay as Care  – Pew funded – Fall 2025
  • Other exhibitions during the working period

HOW TO APPLY

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@theclaystudio.org. No phone calls, please. Contact information for two references (preferably past supervisors in related positions)

The Clay Studio is an equal-opportunity employer. The Clay Studio values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic minorities to apply.

 

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FAO SCHWARZ FELLOW AT THE CLAY STUDIO

About the Fellowship Position

The Fellow will work with the Claymobile program as an assistant teacher for their direct service work and work closely with the Teaching Artists and Community Engagement Manager on developing the curriculum through the lens of social-emotional learning.

This may require restructuring elements of the current Claymobile curriculum to emphasize Social and Emotional Learning to make these concepts and methods more accessible to our partners and encourage greater participation. This will necessitate careful observation and close collaboration with Claymobile teaching artists and other programs around the city.

The Fellowship program provides opportunities for new college graduates interested in social impact careers to be part of organizations that are deeply committed to social justice and equity. Through direct service and leadership challenges, professional development, and mentoring, Fellows gain first-hand experience leading change and learn how effective nonprofits create lasting and measurable progress.

How to Apply
Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.

The application deadline is February 5, 2024, at 9:00 pm ET. Host organizations will select applicants for interviews and make their decisions by the end of April 2024. Fellowships begin in the summer of 2024.

LEARN MORE HERE

 

The Clay Studio is an equal-opportunity employer. The Clay Studio values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic minorities to apply.

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ABOUT THE CLAY STUDIO

The Clay Studio is Philadelphia's only nonprofit solely dedicated to the education and promotion of the ceramic arts and is one of the world's leading institutions in the field. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, and school, educational & outreach programs. The Clay Studio programs reflect the organization's dual character: as a community-centered institution involved with the life of the city and region and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts. The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts; therefore, programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.