job posting: Executive Director @ Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery


Additional Information
Position Description

2017 Annual Report

2018-2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Start Date: August 1, 2018



The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery seeks a dynamic, inspiring Executive Director to lead this contemporary ceramic and glass gallery as it grows and develops new audiences with greater outreach into the community, and onto the national and the international stage. The Executive Director will work to fulfil the Gallery’s artistic vision, tell its story, advocate publicly for the Gallery and lead development efforts to support the expansion of its programs and to ensure the Gallery’s financial stability.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and mentoring a dedicated team of staff professionals, and for building strong collaborative relationships with other galleries and community partners, locally and in a wider context. The Executive Director will effectively manage the operation of the Gallery, adhere to Board policy and carry out its strategic vision. The Executive Director will report to a committed and engaged Board of Directors.


With an emphasis on Canadian artists, the Gallery brings exhibitions to the public that are grounded in craft processes, engaged in contemporary experimentation and meaningful to diverse audiences. By exhibiting and collecting contemporary works in ceramics and glass, the Gallery inspires dialogue, critical discourse and new ways of thinking. The Gallery is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their career, from emerging to established, and actively seeks to feature artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Gallery’s media specificity is its distinguishing characteristic and greatest strength. Through exhibitions that address issues relevant to our times and intriguing public programs that engage, educate and inspire, we are accessible to all. The Gallery Shop, a fine-craft gallery in its own right, is an integral part of the Gallery, featuring exclusively Canadian artists from across the country. Having adopted a national mandate in the early stages of its organizational development, the Gallery continues to develop its reputation as a national centre of research, scholarship and artistic excellence.


The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery opened in 1993 in a purpose-built, award-winning building designed to showcase contemporary Canadian ceramic and glass art. Now in its 25th year, it has recently undergone a $1.3 million renovation to bring the Gallery to a new standard of excellence. The Gallery is supported by the City of Waterloo, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, along with corporate, foundation and individual funders.


The Gallery is located in Waterloo Region, an area of entrepreneurship, collaboration, fresh ideas, innovation, world-class technology, arts activity, economic initiatives and educational excellence on a world-class scale. Waterloo is one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.


The successful Executive Director will raise the profile of the Gallery locally, nationally and internationally; lead its artistic vision; implement its recently completed Strategic Plan; lead its next level development and fund-raising; lead connections with other galleries; lead the Gallery to more diverse audiences; communicate the Gallery mandate; advocate for the Gallery; incorporate a digital strategy into the Gallery’s offering; and manage all administrative and functional assets of the Gallery.


  • 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in an visual arts institution
  • advanced degree in arts/arts administration or equivalent education or experience
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art
  • in-depth knowledge of best practices for Gallery management
  • strong leadership and mentorship skills and the ability to lead a team
  • the ability to forge innovative collaborations with other galleries and community partners
  • creativity and ability to develop programming to reach a wider, more diverse audience and engage with them in a meaningful way
  • demonstrated experience in securing major gifts and stewarding donor relationships
  • an optimistic problem-solver

Interested applicants are invited to submit, in confidence, a letter of application, and a detailed résumé outlining their qualifications for this position, along with names, titles, and contact information for their three professional references.

Canadians, permanent residents, and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be given priority consideration. The Gallery is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from culturally diverse persons, Indigenous persons, Deaf persons and persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Executive Director Search Committee at:

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements of the position.

job posting: ACAD Visiting Faculty, Ceramics

The School of Craft + Emerging Media at ACAD welcomes applications for the following limited term faculty appointment commencing end of August 2018 until April 30, 2019: Visiting Faculty, Ceramics

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), founded in 1926, is one of Canada’s most distinguished training grounds in art, craft, and design.  ACAD offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its 14 academic departments offer courses in diverse disciplines including art history, theory, and criticism; ceramics; fibre; glass; jewellery and metals; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; media arts; graphic design; advertising; character design and illustration. In addition to studio-based education and training, a strong program in liberal studies emphasizes the critical role that the humanities and social sciences can play in students’ development.

Innovation and renewal in our curriculum is an ongoing process that responds to cultural and technological shifts in arts, crafts and design practice on students’ curricular needs. Our faculty comprises renowned professionals who are first-class instructors as well as active practitioners. As leaders in their fields, they are committed to building a diverse, stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and the acquisition of technical skills and crafts.

ACAD is located in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a cosmopolitan urban centre, with a diverse population of over 1.2 million people. This vibrant city has outstanding post-secondary and cultural institutions as well many varied recreational opportunities.

About the School of Craft + Emerging Media, Ceramics Program

ACAD’s Ceramics faculty is a diverse, engaged group of notable teachers and practitioners connected to the field at home and abroad. Each year, a new visiting artist complements the energy and expertise of ceramics faculty, teaching and working alongside students in the studio. The visiting artist contributes a fresh and diverse perspective, enhancing the learning experience and serving as a catalyst for critical dialogue within the college.

In the Ceramics program students explore the role of function, sculptural approaches, emerging technologies, historical precedents, and contemporary practice within a comprehensive, studio-based and theoretical program of study.

>>Click here to find out more about SCEM, Ceramics Program

The Opportunity

(Competition # 1718-JA-FT-20)

To complement existing instructional resources, this position will instruct four (4) 4.5 hour-long studio courses at all levels of the undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. In addition, the successful candidate will be provided with two (2) course releases towards research and studio practice. They will be required to report and present on research activities as well as mount an exhibition of their studio practice and research at the College while in residence at the College.

The successful candidate will be capable of teaching all forms of Ceramic practice through core courses and studio supervision, including vessel, sculptural, figurative, installation and performance.  The candidate will possess an active studio practice that will contribute to the breadth of the program and demonstrate a critical and creative engagement with contemporary discourse on Craft and Ceramics.  In combination with a collaborative spirit and professional commitment to the field, experience in academic service, curricular innovation, and Ceramics studio management will be considered an asset.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching four (4) x 4.5 hour long studio courses at all levels of ACAD’s Ceramics program
  • Maintaining a research/studio practice, and contributing to research and scholarship in the field of contemporary Craft, specifically Ceramics
  • Creating and exhibiting a new body of work
  • Reporting and presenting on research activities in the form of artist talks and/or workshops
  • Demonstrating a commitment to pedagogical and academic excellence
  • Participating in academic service, curricular program development, and the management of the Ceramics studio environment (as appropriate)

The successful candidate will have:

  • An MFA or an equivalent degree or combination of education and professional experience in Ceramics
  • Previous post-secondary teaching experience
  • A professional exhibition record as a Ceramist
  • Excellent technical skills, and a wide knowledge of all aspects of the discipline, with a particular regard for international practice in Ceramics
  • Be community-oriented; comfortable interacting with students, faculty, artists, and the public; and able to balance between research, practice, and pedagogy

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong studio practice in experimental or sculptural ceramics.

Full details and application process can be found here.

job posting(s): Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Development Assistant

Watershed seeks a Development Assistant to support the organization in the areas of donor cultivation and stewardship; annual appeals, and special event coordination.

Summer Staff Positions

Watershed’s year round staff is supplemented during the summer by seasonal employees. These summer staff members are essential to the operation of the residency program and are an integral part of the Watershed team. Positions include work in the studio, kitchen and dining room, administrative office, and housekeeping.

While each staff position has specific responsibilities and duties, a strong emphasis is placed on teamwork. Friendliness, politeness and interpersonal communication skills are vital to working effectively in a dynamic environment that is often intense and demanding. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and to contribute to the general upkeep and appearance of the facilities. The focus of all work is to provide an exceptional experience to our resident artists.

Summer staff work a minimum of 35 hours per week. Additional hours are expected during events and some evening and weekend hours will be required. During their time at Watershed, summer staff members are provided with shared housing, all meals, a modest stipend, and dedicated studio space, however, limited time may be available to produce personal artwork.

Watershed is accepting applications for 2018 summer staff positions until February 15, 2018. Interviews will be conducted in March and applicants will be notified of their status in early April.

Full details and job descriptions on their website.

job posting: Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Australian Ceramics

The Australian Ceramics Association Board regrets to announce the resignation of Claire Atkins as Editor (Content) of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. We are grateful for her contribution to the magazine this year and for the changes that have been implemented. We thank Claire for the hard work, enthusiasm and creativity she has put into the role, and wish her all the best in her career, both in ceramics and as a writer and editor.

Position Vacant: Editorial Assistant
The Journal of Australian Ceramics

Applications close 5pm, Monday 18 December 2017.


  • The Editorial Assistant (EA) reports to the Editor.
  • The EA will support the Editor to administer and plan The Journal of Australian Ceramics.
  • The EA will need to prioritise deadlines so magazine copy is always accurate, original and relevant.
  • The EA needs be able to deliver exceptional and informative content to meet audience preferences.


  • Collaborate with the Editor to research and plan new articles
  • Commission articles
  • Liaise with artists, authors and photographers to ensure deadlines are met and changes to content are approved
  • Write and edit articles
  • Proofread and check articles for accuracy
  • Choose supporting material – images and illustrations
  • Work closely with the Editor and graphic designer on layout of articles and pages
  • Follow current events and developments and suggest original ideas
  • Use social media to draw attention to articles
  • Provide administrative support to the Editor


  • Understanding of ceramics from an aesthetic and technical point of view
  • Relevant previous employment  and/or employment experience
  • Excellent computer skills – word processing (Microsoft Office) and image processing
  • Understanding of deadlines and the ability to work to an inflexible deadline
  • High level writing skills and a good command of the English language
  • High level attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team and with a management board
  • Ability to work unsupervised and to initiate ideas
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Ability to work flexible hours over any 4 month cycle (per Journal publication). Weekly hours could range from 0 hours to 40 hours depending on the time in the cycle of production and publication.
  • Ability to work in Sydney


  • Tertiary arts training, high level interest in contemporary Australian ceramics, specifically, and the arts in general


  • The position is offered on a contract basis; approx. $6000 per issue (3 issues per year); 4-month probation period; 12-month contract


  • To apply, please send an email to, ATT: EDITORIAL ASSISTANT POSITION, outlining how you meet the requirements of this position, along with a 1-page CV/resume.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 18 December 2017.

If you require further information about the position, please contact me by email,, giving your name and best contact details.


Vicki Grima
Executive Officer, The Australian Ceramics Association
Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
T: 1300 720 124; 0419 250 282

employment opportunity – Curator & Gallery Coordinator @ Red Lodge Clay Center

Red Lodge Clay Center is pleased to announce a search for the full-time position of Curator & Gallery Coordinator. This individual will work closely with the Executive Director, RLCC Staff, and Residents to fulfill the mission statement set forth by the Red Lodge Clay Center.

About the Red Lodge Clay Center: The RLCC was established in 2006 by Executive Director, David Hiltner. The Center’s residency programming, contemporary gallery, and education-based mission are nationally recognized in the field of ceramics and continue to grow every year. The community of Red Lodge is a small, rural town in south-central Montana with a vibrant tourist-driven economy nestled on the edge of the Beartooth Mountains. We are in close proximity to some of the greatest natural beauty in the US including National Parks such as Yellowstone, as well as pristine rivers, mountains, and a myriad of outdoor activities. We are dedicated to fostering the success of our employees through their own professional practice as well as through the collective effort and dedication of the Clay Center’s mission.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have knowledge of contemporary ceramics, an active studio practice, and previous gallery/curating experience. In addition, we expect candidates to have the necessary interpersonal/communication skills and organizational capability to manage our Resident workforce, as well as maintain excellent relationships with our clients and artists in addition to the other duties required of the Curator & Gallery Coordinator.

Preferred Qualifications: MFA, prior sales/marketing experience, proficiency in Adobe Suite and online sales platforms (Shopify) as well as WordPress and Microsoft Office. Also, prior experience and proficiency with digital photography and photo editing is desired. In addition, we are interested in candidates that are able to develop and implement a short and long-term set of goals and strategies for the continued success of our Retail and Gallery spaces.

The Curator and Gallery Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Work with Executive Director to establish annual Exhibition Calendars
  • Curate and install monthly gallery exhibitions
  • Maintain Retail Inventory and RLCC Gallery website
  • Managing Resident Staff
  • Facilitate public relations and advertising, including the RLCC monthly newsletter
  • Monitor and update inventory and sales through the point of sale software
  • Maintain excellent relations and communication with Represented Artists
  • Oversee logistics of packing & shipping InventoryTo apply:

    Send cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references, artist statement, and 20 images of current artwork, as well as writing/curatorial samples (3 Exhibition proposals and accompanying press release) to David Hiltner via email at Application deadline: January 31st, 2018 Applications will be reviewed on upon receipt.

    Starting annual salary commensurate with experience. Other benefits include: private 24/7 studio space, Discounted materials/Firings, paid leave for professional development, as well as being part of a strong community of makers and artists.
    If you have questions, please call (406) 446-3993, or, email:

    Learn more about the Clay Center at: