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Tile Generalist

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

Position Summary

The Tile Generalist will work under the direction of the Tile Kiln Lead and Tile Production Manager.  


After training, this position is responsible for the following primary duties:

_ Unloading, cleaning and loading the Tile kilns

_ Operating kiln doors and rotating kiln cars in the morning for each new firing

_ Changing and starting computerized firing programs

_ Organize fired tile on carts for the QC team to process

_ Learning all glazes and bodies

_ Learning the types of firings and temperature zones in the kilns and how this relates to where different glazes need to be loaded

_ Accurately identifying and labeling certain glaze colors to be consolidated and staged for QC

_ Communicating with kiln loading crew and potentially  glaze teammates on material needs for filling kiln loads

_ Maintaining the floor around the kilns to be dust free and kiln car runners clear of debris

Secondary Responsibilities

_ Helping in other departments. Helping in other departments depends on the need and the number of kilns scheduled per day.

_ All duties required by a Tile Glazer

_ All duties required by Tile Forming


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

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

_ Excellent communication skills both written and oral

_ Ability to enhance a team

_ Proficiency with basic Mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

Physical Requirements (Medium to Heavy)

_ The ability to transport clay, finished goods, and other production materials (up to 35 lbs. at a time). Total weight lifted per day can be 3500 to 5000 lbs.

_ 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. QC and Mounting may require a colorblindness test before start of the position.


An ideal candidate has very good attention to detail, works rapidly 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

Location and Schedule

550 Florida St. - San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday - Friday schedule.

Overtime may be required.


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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