Powerhouse Arts is a not-for-profit organization committed to creative expression. Housed in a purpose-built-facility in Brooklyn, the organization hosts an extended network of art and fabrication professionals and educators who work together to co-create and share artistic practices vital to the well-being of artists and the communities to which they serve. Our new facilities house fabrication services, production services, production spaces, and member workshops for artisans.

The Ceramic Studio Manager reports to the Ceramic Studio Director and will participate in all aspects of community studio management and fabrication. The ceramic studio manager plays a crucial role in maintaining the studio's daily operations, program development, and culture.

Areas of responsibility will include:

Community Ceramic Studio 

  • Manage a team of ceramic studio technicians
  • Hold recurring 1:1 meetings with technicians 
  • Train existing and new staff in new processes, administrative work, member services, and fabrication techniques as needed
  • Scheduling – organize coverage for time off requests 
  • Update colleagues with goals and tasks 
  • Assist in collaborating with the technology department as it relates to membership and fabrication 
  • Assist in planning AIR and Fellowship Program 
  • Maintain and improve studio maintenance schedule to keep up with changes 
  • Work with the Ceramic Studio Director to develop and implement workshop capabilities, operations, and protocols 
  • Member services – provide members with assistance and service, including answering all queries, distributing materials, assistance with the firing process, and all issues as they relate to artist membership
  • Assist in planning and executing specialty workshops 
  • Create accessible, accurate, user-friendly signage and instructions for various processes and equipment 
  • Conduct orientations and training for members 
  • Monitor and educate members on health and safety best practices 
  • Track and maintain inventory 
  • Load and monitor kilns
  • Mix glaze and clay 
  • Recycle materials such as clay, slip, and glaze 
  • Assist in equipment maintenance and repair 
  • Collaboratively clean the studio daily 
  • Occasional work required outside of regularly scheduled hours 

Fabrication

  • Under the direction of the Ceramic Studio Director, execute fabrication projects on schedule and within budget to the best of our ability
  • Research and develop innovative fabrication techniques and methods
  • Collaborate with other staff, shops, and departments on projects as needed Development 
  • Work with the Ceramic Studio Director to identify and invite ceramic artists to collaborate with Powerhouse Arts, such as fabrication, workshops, talks, etc. 
  • Explore partnerships with ceramic studios in the tri-state area
  • Work with the Ceramic Studio Director to identify projects and collaborations with new clients–– including individual artists, institutions, and galleries 
  • Work with external partners who have complementary fabrication expertise
  • Participate in Powerhouse Arts events and shop tours as needed 
  • Occasional work required outside of regularly scheduled hours 
  • Management reserves the right to revise these responsibilities or to require other/different tasks be performed as institutional circumstances change

Qualifications:

Powerhouse Arts is a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are from a marginalized or underrepresented group. The requirements listed are guidelines; you don't have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed. If 80% of what you read fits you or if you have transferable skills, please apply.  

  • 6+ years’ experience or the equivalent in ceramic studio operations 
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, ability to problem-solve 
  • Ability to prioritize shifting needs of a busy membership and fabrication studio 
  • Desire to work within a community studio setting 
  • Willingness to share knowledge and serve a robust community of artists
  • Personnel management 
  • Schedule management 
  • Knowledge of best practices in health and safety 
  • Basic understanding of kiln repair 
  • Glaze formulation, testing, and mixing 
  • Materials recycling––clay, slip, glaze, etc 
  • Basic handy skills for studio maintenance and upgrades 
  • Proficient in one or more of the following: mold making, slip casting, wheel throwing, or hand building 
  • Fluency in G Suite 

Areas of interest but not mandatory

  • Realistic/ figurative sculpting skills 
  • 3D printing in clay or other mediums 
  • Digital fabrication, CNC machining 
  • Ability to work in CAD programs 
  • Ability to work with PS and ID 

Compensation & Benefits: Salary range is $70 - $75K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, an employer-sponsored retirement plan, generous paid vacation, sick time off, and a Citibike membership. Powerhouse Arts is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants receive consideration without regard to race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. We're committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

 

Powerhouse Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants receive consideration without regard to race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Powerhouse is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace and recognize the positive value of diversity.

 

For more information, visit www.powerhousearts.org

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