job posting: Blue Sage Pottery and Art Gallery – Studio Assistant and Sales Associate

Blue Sage Pottery & Art Gallery is currently seeking a full time employee to work as both a Studio Assistant/ Potter and as a Sales Associate.  The studio and gallery is located in Amarillo, Texas on Historic Rt. 66.  Amarillo is a small friendly city with a low cost of living, great school system and easy access to Palo Duro Canyon State Park and other local attractions.

Job Title: Studio Assistant/Potter and Sales Associate

Salary: The salary for this dual position is $30,000 per year, and it is a 40 hour per week position.

About us: Blue Sage Pottery & Art Gallery is a pottery studio and retail art gallery owned by husband and wife, Kent and Megan Harris.  At Blue Sage we design and make high quality handmade stoneware pottery. We make over forty different types of pots on the potter’s wheel for the home, kitchen & garden.  All of our pottery is made by hand, so any experience throwing pots, glazing and loading/firing kilns is a plus! (We are very interested in hiring someone with experience as a production potter that can also “wear other hats” in the business).  In addition to making handmade pottery, we teach several group classes per week. Our studio is both a fully equipped production studio and teaching space.  In the adjacent art gallery, we sell our pots as well as fine art and handmade gifts by other artists.

Job Duties:

Studio Assistant/ Potter:

  • Prepare clay
  • Throw and trim production pots
  • Wax & glaze pottery
  • Keep student work organized
  • Help teach classes
  • Prepare for classes
  • Clean up after classes
  • Make and sieve glazes from raw materials
  • Prepare for firings
  • Load, fire, and unload kilns
  • Keep studio and kiln yard tidy

Sales Associate:

  • Greet and assist customers with their gallery purchases
  • Run register, make receipts, carefully wrap purchases etc.
  • Pack and ship orders
  • Deliver artworks
  • Clean gallery and packing room as needed
  • Operate online sales gallery as needed
  • Assist in photographing artwork & editing photos
  • Assist with marketing efforts

Required Skills:

  • Studio Pottery experience
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds
  • Must be able to do repetitive movements for long periods of time
  • Must be able to work Saturdays and three evenings per week
  • Ability to work both as an individual and as a team member
  • Ability to pay attention to the details
  • Retail experience

Preferred Skills:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Fine Arts or Studio Arts
  • Five or more years wheel throwing experience
  • Basic knowledge of clay and glazes
  • Adobe Photoshop proficiency
  • Proficiency with technology
  • Experience with e-commerce
  • Teaching experience of some kind

How to Apply:
Please apply by e-mailing a letter of introduction, a resume and contact information for three references to Kent Harris at bluesagepottery@sbcglobal.net.  The e-mail application deadline is June 31st, 2018.  We will then choose applicants for skype and/or local interviews that will be conducted in July.  Applicants with studio pottery experience will be asked to demonstrate pottery skills. Thank you for your interest!

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

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

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.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

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.

GALLERY BACKGROUND

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.

LOCATED IN WATERLOO REGION

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.

KEY FUNCTIONS

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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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: cgdirectorsearch@gmail.com

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.

www.theclayandglass.ca/about-the-gallery/jobs/

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)
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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.