job posting: Northern Clay Center

Reports To: Sales Gallery Manager and Education and Studio Program Head
Hours: 26 – 32 hours per week on average, part-time on an occasionally flexible schedule
Preferred Start Date: September 18, 2013

Applications accepted immediately.

This is a part-time, hourly position that provides retail and NCC
course registration assistance in Northern Clay Center’s Sales Gallery. 
When working in the Sales Gallery, this person serves as the primary
receptionist for the Center, including responding to questions about NCC
programs and registering students.  The position reports directly to
the Sales Gallery Manager, and supports other work of the Manager and
the Education and Studio Program Head, including various special events
planning. The schedule for the position will include Tuesday through
Saturday shifts and occasional weekends, with other times as needed.


Customer Service/Front Desk at Northern Clay Center

  • Greet the public, orient them to NCC, direct their inquiries to the correct program staff;
  • Serve as primary receptionist and registrar, provide general information;
  • Maintain the order and communications of front desk (NCC publications, promotions, SGA binder, member lists, etc).

Retail Gallery Duties

  • Serve as primary sales clerk and provide customer assistance to shop visitors;
  • Manage staging of monthly Featured Artist inventory and other gallery artists in response to shifts and changes in inventory;
  • Maintain artist biography cards; annually audit artist bio information; 
  • Order and maintain shop supplies: stickers, ribbon, bags, tissue,
    boxes, magazines, etc.; track spending and report to Manager support
    annual budgets;
  • Maintaining the physical gallery through cleaning, staging, and various preparatory work;
  • Manage Inventory: regularly conduct physical inventories,
    anticipate and communicate needs to Manager, check work out of
    inventory, track inventory with artists;
  • Pack and ship online orders, support Manager in developing online gallery presence;
  • Track trends in ceramics (view artist websites, peer galleries, events online and local, magazines, etc.

Education Program Support

  • Serve as primary registrar. Process class and workshop
    registrations, maintain online class listings, create class rosters,
    process refunds and cancelations, initiate new memberships, and enforce
    NCC registration policies in conjunction with the Education and Studio
    Program Head;
  • Track inventory and order tools to coincide with classes.

Special Event Support

  • Support Gallery Manager in directing gallery volunteers and interns;
  • Participate in annual selection of American Pottery Festival artists.

Exhibitions Support

  • Work with Exhibitions and Gallery Managers to manage various
    exhibition tasks, including price lists, inventory of work, and
    assistance with install and de-install as necessary;
  • Provide information on current and upcoming exhibitions to visitors;
  • Provide customer assistance; sell work from the current exhibition;
  • Support front desk during exhibition openings (6 – 8 times/year). 

Other tasks as assigned


Applicant Must:

  • have a college degree, preferably a BFA or MFA in ceramics;
  • have at least two years of demonstrated successful experience and skills in retail;
  • have excellent oral communication skills and be comfortable
    responding to and working with a variety of individuals with diverse
    abilities and interests;
  • have strong writing skills;
  • be able to carry out assigned projects to their completion;
  • be able to anticipate and initiate;
  • demonstrate great attention to detail, tracking, and follow up;
  • be proficient on Mac platform and have a working knowledge of Word, Excel, and web-based applications;
  • be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.

Experience in and/or knowledge of ceramics is required.


Please send a cover letter describing interests and experience, a
résumé, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three
professional references to:
Karen McPherson, Sales Gallery and Special Events Manager

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.

job posting – Assistant Professor of Art in Sculpture

Position Title Assistant Professor of Art in Sculpture
Hire Type Tenure Track
Field Group Studio Art and Art History
Position Description Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Art in Sculpture
to begin Fall 2014. The successful applicant will have an active
professional practice, an in-depth knowledge of contemporary art and
theory, and will demonstrate excellence in the teaching of sculpture at
the undergraduate level. A course load of five courses per year will
include introductory and advanced courses, independent studies and
critiques as part of the Art major, and First Year Seminars. We are
particularly interested in applicants who are familiar with traditional
and contemporary practices, including emerging interdisciplinary media
and whose art intersects with environmentalism and community engagement.
Interest in and ability to teach specialized seminars in the broader
social and historical dimensions of sculpture, and to contribute to the
ancillary programming connected to the Pitzer Art Galleries, is a plus.

Pitzer College has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in
all areas and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented
groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College’s
distinctive educational objectives which promote interdisciplinary
perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social
responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.
Pitzer College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For
the successful applicant with the relevant interests, affiliations are
possible with the intercollegiate departments of Africana Studies, Asian
American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, and or Women’s Studies.

MFA, including two or more years of full-time
teaching experience beyond graduate school, and experience in
supervising facilities and students in a sculpture studio.

Application Requirements

1) An application profile and three letters of recommendation must be submitted through this application site;

2) The following documentation must be uploaded via SlideRoom.

  • Letter of interest, including description of approach to teaching sculpture in an undergraduate, liberal arts college
  • Curriculum vita
  • Statement describing artistic practice
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Portfolio including 20 images of candidate’s work and 20 examples of student work;

3) Within their applications, candidates should address how their
cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to the
understanding of diversity at the College.

Full details here:

emerging artist (hot mud edition): Marianne Chénard

With the opening of Hot Mud: Emerging Canadian Ceramists just around the corner I thought it would be nice to introduce you all to the amazing artists selected for the show. If you are in the Burlington Ontario area please make sure to check out the exhibition in person, and the symposium on the new face of Canadian Ceramics. Bound to be a great one. Today’s emerging artist Marianne Chenard will be part of the round table discussion.

Here’s a run down of the Symposium

Hot Mud :
The Symposium  
September 7 – 10AM to 3PM
At the Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Road,
Burlington, Ontario
L7S 1A9
10AM:             Welcome
10:10 :             Emerging Artists, Changing Times, a
report from the East Coast
Gloria Hickey, Independent Writer and
St.John’s, Newfoundland
and Labrador
10:40 :             Ceramics are….
Alan Elder, Acting Director, Ethnology
and Cultural Studies
Canadian Museum
of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec
11:10:             Ceramics
in the Expanding Field (With
apologies to Rosalind Krauss)
Gotlieb, Interim Executive Director & Chief Curator
Gardiner Museum,
Toronto, Ontario
11:50   Morning wrap up and lunch
13:00               Up
and coming from the Midwest
Greg Payce, Faculty
Alberta College
of Art and Design, Calgrary,
13:30               British Columbia
Sally Michener, Retired Faculty
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, British
14:00               Round
Moderator: Jonathan Smith
Permanent Collection Curator, Burlington Art Centre
Participating artists :
Zimra Beiner, Alysse Bowd, Marianne Chenard, Robin Lambert
and  Maja Padrov           
For the conference reserve
your seat
with Gillian Goobie at or by telephone at 905-632-7796 ext: 326
 For information: Denis Longchamps, Director of Programs, at or by telephone
at 905-632-7796 ext.: 303
Denis Longchamps
Director of Programs

Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9
Phone (905) 632-7796 Ext.: 303
Fax (905) 632-0278

a site 2 see friday: Copy and Paste. Decal Division @ Forage Studios

Canada has it’s very own ceramic decal printer services! Can you believe it? Too exciting!
From the amazing Forage studios that have brought you such wonders as the incredible artwork of Mariko Paterson, now Canadians can now have their own artwork printed and ready to fire locally.

Find all the detail at

And everything comes to you at a low low price too! The cost for each page of full colour decals is $15!!! (plus shipping and applicable taxes of course)

So get creative folks and get decalling!

Narrative Potential of the Torso (Ceramics Workshop)

2 Day workshop: October 25 & 26, 2013
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
Taught by Kirsten Stingle, artist featured in Shadow Circus

As a vehicle for story telling
there are an infinite number of ways to express and interpret the human
figure. In this two-day hands-on workshop, we will explore the powerful
narrative potential of the figure through the construction of a
small-scale head and torso. Various hand-building techniques will be
covered; including pinch and slab method, and special attention will be
paid to human anatomy and proportions. Expression and gesture will be
discussed in terms of narrative intent. Beginners welcome.

 Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060