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Kiln Generalist

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What began as a historic pottery in 1948, has evolved into a collection of businesses anchored in designing and making products, spaces, and experiences of exceptional beauty and uncompromising integrity. We are a manufacturer, led by design and sustainable business practices. We have a very diverse workplace of 200 employees that encompasses manufacturing, retail, design, communications, digital, and administrative functions. Our original Sausalito location houses our dinnerware factory and showroom. Heath San Francisco houses our tile factory, along with a showroom, clay studio and newsstand; our SF Ferry Building location is a small, but mighty, showroom; and Heath LA, a showroom and clay studio. Learn more about our company, at heathceramics.com.

About the Position

Since 1948, we’ve been handcrafting ceramic tableware that is both beautiful to look at and satisfying to hold. Households, museums, and designers worldwide admire our limited-production cups, plates, bowls, and serving pieces, for their simple, timeless beauty and functional everyday use.

The Kiln Generalist is responsible for wiping product, unloading and loading the kilns.

Essential Role Functions

_ Wiping

_ Wiping all regular pieces using the wiping machine

_ Wiping plaza pieces

_ Communicating with the glazers about which items should be wiped and where

_ Wiping all shapes to Heath quality control standards in accordance with daily production needs

_ Unloading (stripping) the kiln

_ Understanding which fired glaze colors need to be protected with paper to prevent scratching

_ Placing fired product onto carts and taking them to the quality control area

_ Shelf maintenance: identifying and correcting quality control issues with the kiln shelves

_ Loading the kiln

_ Learning how to load the kiln under the direction of the Firing Lead:

_ Recognizing unfired glaze product: clay body and glaze color

_ Understanding how to handle the product, depending on glaze, shape, size, and placement within the kiln

_ Understanding where products can and cannot be placed in the kiln before firing; i.e. baffled vs unbaffled

_ Learning which pieces are loaded to which areas of the kiln, according to glaze, shape, size, and heat distribution in the kiln itself

_ Independent loading of the kiln and placement of ware within the kiln in order to meet yield goals and quality control standards

_ Ability to start kilns, perform turn ups, and fire kilns as necessary

 

General Requirements

_ Desire to work in a plant environment and to be “hands on”

_ Great people skills: must be patient, flexible, and calm

_ Excellent communication skills

_ Excellent attention to detail

_ Ability to enhance a team

_ Ability to follow strict safety guidelines

_ Ability to follow instructions accurately and in a timely manner

 

Physical Requirements (medium to heavy)

_ Ability to lift up to 25 lbs, supporting a target of loading five glost kilns per day

_ Pulling and pushing carts

_ Wiping

_ Standing for 90% of the day

_ Other activities, including climbing, balancing, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, repetitive motion, grasping, and feeling.

 

Visual Acuity Requirements (including color, depth perception, and field vision)

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and inspecting materials; visual inspection involving small defects, small objects, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and visual checks of materials and machinery. The worker will also need visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.

 

Qualifications

An ideal candidate has very good attention to detail, works efficiently and is always mindful of quality. MUST follow safety procedures. Must have a positive attitude and foster a team environment. MUST be willing to learn from  experienced personnel during a thorough training period. Good communication skills are required.

 

The ideal candidate will have:

_ Ability to be a self ­starter

_ Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and written instructions in English consistently and accurately

_ Demonstrated ability to be reliable and punctual

_ Demonstrated ability to enhance a team

_ Proven safety record and respect for safety rules

_ Demonstrated pursuit of quality, improvement and pride in craftsmanship

_ Demonstrated work ethic and respect for the job

_ Willingness to be flexible and accept instruction from team members

 

Experience

No experience required but a plus.

Training Requirement

1-Month Training

Location and Schedule

400 Gate Five Road - Sausalito, CA 94965

5am-1:30pm, Tuesday-Friday, Flexibility of working from 9:30a-6p Saturday or at a time agreed upon by the Dinnerware Production Manager

Overtime may be required.

 

Benefits

We are committed to your health and well-being. Heath offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes a choice of medical plan, dental, vision and life and works very hard to keep employee costs low for excellent coverage. We do not require an employee contribution for individual premiums, and we pick up a large portion of the costs for dependent coverage. A generous 401k match starts immediately. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long term performance of our company. We offer a generous time off allocation, paid family leave, and of course a healthy discount on all Heath products.

Compensation
Hourly based on Union Wage Scale

Application Requirements
If you would like to be considered for this position, please send a detailed resume and a brief cover letter that speaks directly to the position.

Heath Ceramics is an equal opportunity employer.  Thank you for your interest!

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