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Work With Us

We are actively seeking applicants for our Studio Technician and Gallery Representative positions. Read below for more information!


We occasionally have openings for people who are passionate about craft and community to work with us as staff, instructors, or assistants in our studio. As an emerging gallery and studio, we want to make sure that we also help bring new voices and perspectives to the ceramics community. Smart, friendly, hard-working folks from all backgrounds should get in touch.

You don't need to be an accomplished potter, but it helps to love pottery.

Saltstone Ceramics is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status.

We are committed to building a diverse staff and community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender and gender non-conforming people. 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to sarah@saltstoneceramics.com. Please include a brief description of your interest in and experience with the ceramic arts and any specific gallery or retail experience. 


Studio Technician

Hours: Variable, averaging 15-20 hours/week
Pay: $20/hour plus studio space

The Studio Tech is responsible for oversight and management of the ceramic studio and classroom infrastructure and systems. To this end, the Studio Tech oversees the assistantship program and directs the assistants’ day to day work. The Studio Tech is an integral part of our SSC team, playing an important role in setting and maintaining the culture and values of our community. The Studio Tech is responsible for the following : 

  • Managing the studio assistant program including maintaining program description and policies; recruiting new assistants; training; planning, prioritizing, coordinating, and supervising the work of the SSC assistants; providing mentorship and support for goal setting, skill progression, and learning for participants in the assistant program.
  • Managing the SSC studio and classroom facilities, infrastructure and systems including but not limited to supplies and materials orders, mixing glazes, reclaiming waste clay, cleaning tools and equipment, and keeping the studio organized. 
  • Prepare and transition the studio and provide support for classes, workshops, and events.
  • Maintain kiln firing schedule, load and unload kiln, and communicate with studio community regarding firings.
  • Maintain work-flow systems to track and organize student work. 
  • Cleaning or ensuring that the studio is cleaned prior to the start of each day.
  • Maintaining studio equipment and systems such as the pottery wheels, kiln, waste-water system and working with the owner to bring in expert assistance as needed.
  • Lead studio safety committee and maintain studio safety standards and procedures.
  • Answering questions about studio use, tools, materials, and equipment for students and members. Reminding students and members of cleaning and safety protocol as well as studio standards.
  • Other tasks as requested

A great candidate for the Studio Tech will have some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of or experience with the ceramic arts including glaze mixing, loading, firing, and troubleshooting electric kilns, ceramic materials knowledge – formal education is a plus
  • At least one year prior ceramic studio work experience
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Warm, friendly, and accessible affect
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Flexible schedule 

In addition to hourly rate, renumeration includes studio space in our well equipped and spacious ceramic studio. 

 


Gallery and Studio Representative

Hours: Variable, average 14 hours/week, primarily Wednesday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Pay: $17.50/hour 

The Gallery and Studio Representatives are the primary and (sometimes only) staff person responsible for opening the gallery and studio, and they are the first face any customer, student, or member sees when they come to Saltstone Ceramics. They are an integral part of our SSC team, playing an important role in setting and maintaining the culture and values of our community. The Gallery and Studio Representative is responsible for the following : 

  • Offering exemplary customer service to gallery visitors (providing information about the work on display, answering questions, taking payment, wrapping/packing sales)
  • Opening the gallery and studio to students and the public at 11am and closing the gallery at 5pm.
  • Greeting students, members, and customers; assisting with introductions for newer students and members.
  • Assisting students picking up finished work.
  • Update scheduling system with new students and cancellations/rescheduling.
  • Answer phone and voicemails.
  • Answering questions about studio use, tools, materials, and equipment for students and members. Reminding students and members of cleaning and safety protocol as well as studio standards.
  • Fulfilling online orders for in-store pickup and shipping.
  • Responding to inquiries via the info@saltstoneceramics.com email address.
  • Cleaning the studio and gallery prior to opening, dusting work in the gallery, watering plants and washing gallery windows. Other light cleaning as necessary.
  • Receiving and unpacking deliveries.
  • Data entry for new products.
  • Managing basic inventory of studio and gallery.
  • Taking payment for clay and tools as necessary.
  • Helping with gallery display as needed
  • Other tasks as requested

A great candidate for the Gallery and Studio Representative will have some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of or experience with the ceramic arts – formal education or community classes is a plus
  • At least one year prior retail or art gallery experience
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Warm, friendly, and accessible affect
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Flexible schedule 
  • Proficiency with Gmail, Shopify POS, and other web-based applications. 
  • Opening and closing a facility independently is a plus

 


Studio Assistants

Saltstone Ceramics’ assistantship program is a work/study agreement that grants full use of the studio to participants in exchange for completing weekly tasks related to cleaning and keeping the studio running. Assistants will be trained on how to maintain a community studio–including how to load and fire an electric kiln, mix glazes, process clay reclaim, clean & organize a busy classroom/gallery environment, and much more.

We are looking for folks who are passionate about ceramics as well as interested in learning about and participating in the behind-the-scenes work that keeps a community studio running.

Assistants trade 8 hours per week of work around the studio in exchange for a dedicated shelf space, membership-level access to the studio, free usage of the kiln and studio glazes, 50 pounds of Tacoma Clay Art Center clay per month, unlimited free reclaim clay, and 50% off virtual workshops. Monthly assistant meetings (currently being held over Zoom) help us stay connected to each other and up-to-date on studio policies and practices.

We at Saltstone Ceramics pride ourselves in actively creating a safe and welcoming space for anyone and everyone who enters our studio, regardless of gender identity, race, sexuality, socio-economic status, age, ability, or level of experience with ceramics. Above all, we are looking for warm and friendly people with a willingness to contribute to a positive and respectful learning environment.

If you're interested in joining us as a studio assistant, please send us an email with brief answers to these questions:

  • Why are you interested in Saltstone’s assistantship program?
  • Is there anything specific you would like to learn or work on while participating in our assistantship program?
  • What is your level of experience with ceramics in general? Do you have any prior experience with Saltstone or other community studios? Note: Our assistants range from very little experience to a high level of experience in ceramics. We will provide training and guidance to folks who are committed to learning the trade.
  • Do you have any particular skills or personality traits that might be valuable to our studio?
  • What day(s) of the week / time(s) of day would you be available to come into the studio to work on assistant duties?
  • When are you hoping to begin your assistantship with Saltstone?
  • Can you commit to one year of assistantship? If not, how many months would you be available to take part in our assistantship program?

Thank you for your interest in our assistantship program! Send your info to info@saltstoneceramics.com


Ceramics Instructors

We are looking for friendly folks with a passion for teaching and community building. Instructors should have at least five years experience as a ceramicist, and demonstrate a consistent body of work. Teaching experience is preferred but not required. We are particularly interested in folks with proposals for workshops that would be of interest to our growing community of potters.


Ceramic Artists

We believe that independent craft manufacturers are the cornerstone of a healthy local economy. From instruction to kiln maintenance to selling beautiful pottery: artists are involved at every step. If you're interested in selling your work through our gallery, please check out this page.