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Dinnerware Clay Maker

About Heath

What began as a small-scale pottery in 1948 has evolved into a collection of businesses anchored in designing and making. Led by husband and wife, Robin Petravic & Cathy Bailey, we are shaping the relationship we have to the things we own, and the way we come to own them. Across two factories, four showrooms, two clay studios, a warehouse, website, newsstand, and sewing studio, all in California, we’re a diverse team of about 225 employees, on a mission: to create products of beauty and integrity, while designing, manufacturing, and running our business in a way that’s better for society and our planet. Learn more at

Role Summary

The Claymaker is responsible for making clay.

Essential Role Functions

Level I

_ Tile clay batching according to recipe requirements

_ Operating both tile mixers

_ Operating the Heath forklift safely

_ Maintaining cleanliness standards in the claymaking area

_ Preparing and labeling material bins for transfer

_ Maintaining production records

_ Understanding how the pug mills operate and assisting with their operation

_ Unloading clay shipments as needed

As needed

_ Running the alar on a daily basis

Level II

_ Extruding tile and dinnerware clay using the pug mills

_ Operating the pug mills safely

_ Checking the clay quality frequently for hardness, air, and delamination

_ Following clay orders for dinnerware production

_ Backing up and assisting tile clay making

_ Maintaining a safe and clean claymaking area

_ Unloading or helping with clay deliveries and haul backs

_ Tooling set up on pug mill

_ Preparing tables of clay for tile and dinnerware production

General Requirements

_ Forklift certification

_ Good time management skills

_ Work consistently and precisely

_ 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

Working Relationships

Slipmaker, Forming Lead, Forming Process Technician, Dinnerware Production Supervisor, Dinnerware Production Manager, Tile Production Manager

Physical Requirements (very heavy)

_ Ability to lift 20- 50 lbs approximately 200 times per day

_ Ability to lift 50-75 lb pugs up to 100 times per day

_ Pulling and pushing carts

_ 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 and to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.


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

_ Previous glazing experience is a plus

Training Requirement

Three (6) Months

Location and Schedule

_ 40 regularly scheduled hours per week, Monday-Friday

_ Overtime may be available and required

_ First shift: 6am-2:30pm, Monday-Friday, or at a time agreed upon by the Raw Materials Supervisor


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.

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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