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Gallery and Retail Assistant

The Gallery and Retail Assistant serves as a public face for The Clay Studio, greeting and serving customers as they enter our retail shop and gallery, and through phone and email communications. This position works independently and cooperatively with all Clay Studio Staff.

The Gallery and Retail Assistant has complete knowledge of the current inventory and the artists represented in the Shop and Gallery. Gaining the trust of artists and clients through honest, timely and professional communications is a high priority.
The Gallery and Retail Assistant contributes to the implementation of the exhibition and retail schedule assisting with all artist correspondence, sales, inventory control, visual display and merchandising, exhibition installation, packing and shipping, and administrative responsibilities.

Essential Skills:

  • Self-motivation and dedication to excellence
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and work independently
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with variety of people
  • Strong computer competency
  • Ability to handle art carefully
  • Position requires ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Basic understanding of clay techniques and materials

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide exceptional customer service both in person and by phone
  • Assist with installation of exhibitions and shop areas
  • Communicate professionally and in a timely manner with artists and clients
  • Prepare artworks for domestic and international shipping after training period
  • Entering data and maintaining accurate inventory records in our database
  • Keep shop and gallery clean and well organized in accordance with set standards
  • Collect visitor data for relevant reporting (including daily attendance log)
  • Train and direct Work Exchange Interns and Volunteers
  • Communicate artist bio and conceptual content to a wide variety of visitors
  • At the discretion of the Curator, may assist with or collaborate on research, coordination, and exhibition design

Qualifications (preferred):

  • Experience in retail, gallery, or arts organization.
  • Knowledge of clay techniques and materials. 

Reporting Relationship:
The Gallery & Retail Assistant reports to the Retail Manager & Gallery Coordinator, under the supervision of the Curator of Artistic Programs & Chief Operating Officer

Work Schedule:
The Gallery and Retail Assistant works a set hourly schedule:
3 days a week, 10-6, Sunday - Tuesday, with occasional flex time requested for special events.

$12-$15/hour depending on experience
The position does not include health benefits, but does come with a free class or studio space in our group studio.

The Clay Studio is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief.

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 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, therefore programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.

To Apply:
In order to be considered, please submit the following information via email:

  •  Cover letter outlining qualifications and salary expectations  
  • Professional resume  
  • Three relevant references

Submit to charity@theclaystudio.org with the subject line “Gallery and Retail Assistant”. No phone calls please.

Position for inaugural exhibition in our new building: Making Place Matter    

Project Overview:

Making Place Matter will be an ambitious and experimental exhibition, symposium and publication that will inaugurate The Clay Studio’s (TCS) newly built home in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, set to open in Spring 2021. As TCS begins this new chapter in its own history, the idea of ‘place’ takes on critical importance as we seek to understand and grow into our new home. Building a resonant conversation between clay, artists and audiences in our new gallery, Making Place Matter will be organized around the complex meanings of place in our contemporary social conversation.

As a new member of a culturally rich neighborhood that is experiencing the challenges of rapid growth, The Clay Studio must work to demonstrate our commitment to being a positive force within this changing environment. We are responsible to our existing community, and to the local, national, and international art spheres as a place to experience the best of ceramic art. With this project we have the opportunity to thoughtfully advance our methodological approach to reflect the founding principle of The Clay Studio: collaboration and creative expression.

Engaging community members in the planning and implementation of Making Place Matter (and future exhibitions), is integral to forming a robust long-term relationship. As such, we will develop an Exhibition Council for Making Place Matter, bringing together the voices of many constituent groups. This widely encompassing Council will design and create programming for a Visitor Engagement Gallery adjacent to the main gallery. Visitors will have the opportunity to respond through art making activities designed to connect their own ideas of place to the exhibition, and interact with Kukuli Hatch, Ibrahim Said, and Kukuli Velarde during each artist’s short residency in the Visitor Engagement Gallery.


- Project Community Organizer

Job Summary:

  • Act as an ambassador for The Clay Studio to the neighbors and community members of South Kensington. Cultivate members of The Clay Studio Community Advisory Committee
  • Present engagement opportunities to community members, provide follow up, and encouragement for participation
  • Logistical planning and implementation of 8 meetings over 20 months, and 4 special events, including:
    • Communication with participants from the following groups: TCS staff, advisory groups, teaching artists, neighbors in South Kensington, current Clay Studio constituents, SK neighborhood organizations.
    • Assist with marketing the events to neighborhood constituents
    • Scheduling location and on-site needs
    • Arranging for Hospitality and Childcare
  • Spanish language skills required  
  • Work hours for planning will be M-F, 9-5, events will occur on evenings and weekends

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 3 years of experience in a relevant field (which can include undergrad/grad studies) ie art education, community organizing, community/public art coordinator, arts administration, museum education
  • Ability to work collaboratively is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively via oral and written communications
  • Experience working in an environment with multiple stakeholders and interests, managing multiple projects simultaneously with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience in group facilitation and making public presentations.
  • Proficiency with Instagram, Facebook, email, Google Docs, Word, and Excel required

Schedule: March 2020-November 2021                  Average 8 hours/week (variable 8-12)                  Compensation: $18/hour

To Apply (deadline February 17):

  • Please send cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs at jzwilling@theclaystudio.org
  • Write in the subject line: MPM Community Organizer

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately with deadline of Friday, February 28.