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Dinnerware Generalist

About Heath Ceramics

Founded in 1948 in Sausalito, California, Heath Ceramics is best known for ceramic tableware and architectural tile made by hand. Today, with our original dinnerware factory in Sausalito, our tile factory in San Francisco’s Mission district, and our retail showrooms in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we bring together designing, making and selling to offer beautiful, high-quality goods of all types that blur the line between everyday objects and family heirlooms. Visit to learn more.

About the Product

We believe in simple, functional, and thoughtfully designed tableware. We start with our original brown and white clay bodies, then form, glaze, trim, and fire each plate, bowl, mug, and serving piece as we always have. We create durable, quality pieces for the table, meant to be enjoyed every day. We design dinnerware lines, shapes, and glaze colors to go together, to be timeless and enduring, and to work as sets or mixed with a collection over time. We take pride in the idea that our pieces interact so seamlessly that it’s often hard to tell what’s old, and what’s new.

About the Position 

The second shift generalist will be responsible for finishing firing kilns and running forming processes as scheduled.

Essential Role Functions 

_ Finish Firing of Manual Gas Kilns

_ Inspecting finished ware for quality issues and report problems to the supervisor

_ Operate forming machines safely and efficiently

_ Operate Ram press machine safely and efficiently

_ Learn each item’s forming and handling requirements

_ Loading, unloading, and cleaning mold sets for use

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.

Physical Requirements

_ Must be able to lift molds (10-25 lbs.) and load into dryer; up to 1000+ pieces per day

_ Lifting clay (20-30lbs) and transferring it from tables to clay cutter consistently throughout the day

_ Repetitive motion (hand jolly, machines, wrist elbow shoulders)

_ Safely operating a pallet jack to transport molds to and from the forming machine

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


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


_ 40 regularly scheduled hours per week, Monday-Friday

_ Overtime may be available and required

_ Second shift: 2:15PM - 10:45PM, Monday-Friday


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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