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, exhibitions, studios, classrooms, and outreach programs. The programs of the Clay Studio reflect the dual character of the organization: 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, and programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.


About the Claymobile:

The Clay Studio is rooted in the belief that all people deserve access to high-quality arts learning opportunities, and is dedicated to engaging all segments of its local community.

Since 1994, our mobile community engagement program, the Claymobile, has collaborated with schools, community-based organizations, and other social service agencies throughout Philadelphia to create innovative, hands-on approaches to learning that integrate the arts into their curriculum and programs.

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About the Position:

The Claymobile Teaching Artist (TA) is responsible for lesson planning and teaching, or co-teaching, during each Claymobile session for which they are scheduled. Before the session Teaching Artist must check the itinerary, contact the site contact or teacher, and create the curriculum. Residencies typically are 6 to 12 weeks in length. They are also responsible for gathering all supplies for each session and driving our Claymobile vans to and from the site. When Teaching Artists are not co-teaching, they are responsible for leading a Claymobile Teaching Assistant and coordinating arrival time and the lesson schedule with each assistant. After each Claymobile session, the Teaching Artist and Assistant return and clean all supplies and organize all the work created by the Claymobile participants during that particular session.

When the Claymobile Teaching Artist is not planning for an upcoming residency or teaching at a site, they are responsible for creating lesson plans to be used with Claymobile and shared with the general public on The Clay Studio’s website. Additionally, during non-teaching hours Teaching Artists help with processing work at the studio, and other duties as assigned.

A qualified candidate will be comfortable teaching students of all ages from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. They will be knowledgeable in the arts and have a strong interest in education. Previous teaching experience, especially with clay, is preferred.

Schedule (4 days per week): The work schedule is Tuesday through Friday. The TA would be responsible for teaching any residencies and/or workshops scheduled on these days. Compensation is $17.50-$19.50/hr. The hours are an average of 24 hours per week throughout the year.


  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Enjoys teaching children and adults from a wide range of ages and backgrounds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Some teaching experience and an understanding of clay is preferred
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Updated Child abuse Clearance, Criminal Record Check, FBI Clearances, and Mandated Reporter Training (can be completed after hiring)
  • Flexible work hours on your scheduled days of the week

To Apply:

  • Please send cover letter, resume, and references to Megan Millman Lasiter, Community Engagement Manager at megan@theclaystudio.org
  • Write in heading "Teaching Artist”


The Clay Studio is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.