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, and clay studio; 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.
This is a part-time, 3 days a week role that has the potential to go to full time. The position will support small-volume edition of slipcast and hand thrown ceramic designs as part of the Heath Clay Studio program in San Francisco. This is part of the broader Heath Clay Studio initiative which, under the direction of Tung Chiang, seeks to explore and extend the legacy of Heath Design through explorations of form, glaze technique, and more. Since its initiation a year ago, the Heath Clay Studio program brings these unique explorations to life through small run, curated collections.
We are looking for a self motivated individual with attention to detail and a passion for studio scale production pottery to work alongside the studio manager. A good candidate will have worked as a production potter beyond the educational setting and be proficient in wheel throwing, slip-casting and glazing while being able to communicate and work efficiently within a small studio.
Essential Role Responsibilities
This role is for an experienced production potter who is interested in learning/adopting the Clay Studio’s approach to designing and making in order to produce in accordance with established studio practice. In this position you will be responsible for:
_ Throwing repetitive forms on the wheel based on technical drawings, with a keen eye for detail and the ability to recognize subtle differences in design.
_ Cast, clean, and prepare slipcast ware for firing with an emphasis on quality control and attention to detail.
_ Load and unload electric kilns.
_ Use and maintain the glaze spray gun.
_ Clean and pack finished work for delivery.
_ Manage and use time efficiently.
_ Communicate and document work progress daily.
_ Be able to handle general studio maintenance and engineer solutions
_ Maintain a clean and safe workspace.
_ Coordinate with creative, production, operations, and retail teams to ensure tasks are completed on time and information is shared in a timely way
_ 3 years minimum studio pottery experience
_ Must have strong throwing ability on the potter’s wheel
_ Glazing experience with a spray gun
_ Working knowledge of the slip casting and mold making process
_ Experience loading and maintaining electric kilns
_ Lifting 50lbs
_ Standing for most of the day. All workstations are standing
_ Loading kiln shelves carefully
_ Lifting 5 gallon glaze buckets onto and off of carts
_ Wedging 5+lbs of clay in preparation of throwing
We offer a generous time off allocation, paid family leave, and of course a healthy discount on all Heath products. A generous 401k match starts after three months on staff. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long term performance of our company.
How To Apply
If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter that speaks directly to the position. Heath Ceramics is an equal opportunity employer.