The Ceramics Technician/Artist in Residence will assist with all tasks related to material and facility management of the ceramics studio in the Department of Art & Design. The time commitment is twenty hours per week, and supervision will be given by the ceramics area faculty. The Ceramics Technician will be offered a private studio space in a communal room and will have broad access to the facilities for their ongoing creative output, making this opportunity ideally suited for an early career artist who seeks the space and time to develop their art work. Practicing artists utilizing ceramics as a primary medium, whether functional, sculptural, installation-based, or more, are welcome to apply, as well as those who incorporate other media into their ceramic art work. Along with recurring tasks related to management of the ceramics facility, there may be occasional additional tasks assigned at times such as when school is not in session. Teaching opportunities may be available for candidates who meet the appropriate university requirements. At least one presentation of personal artwork and/or demonstration to students will be scheduled.
Annual artist talk/presentation on personal studio work, and a possible workshop.
Adherence to a weekly work schedule related to technician responsibilities. This schedule will necessarily have different time expectations at different moments in the semester (depending on academic schedules and area needs) including things like occasional nights and weekends for kiln firing.
Execution of ongoing studio cleaning tasks.
Maintenance of the reclaim clay for all classes.
Mix and maintain shop materials including: glazes, slips, terra sigillatas, and patinas.
Perform ongoing tests of shop materials.
Assist with acquisition, unloading, and storage of large deliveries of clay and supplies.
Assist with the loading and unloading electric, gas, and wood kilns.
Assist with firing of kilns. Some training in this area is possible.
Management of semester changeover procedures related to cleaning & studio
Respond to student inquiries regarding material use, facility use, and studio procedures.
Assist with preparation for special events related to the ceramics area.
Assist with management of a small team of student workers when applicable.
Assist with organization of studio equipment when needed.
Assist with inventory of equipment and materials when needed.
Execute other tasks and special projects as assigned.
Job Category: Temporary
BA/BFA in Studio Art or equivalent.
Experience with maintenance of a ceramics studio.
Demonstrated desire to work in the field of ceramics.
Internal Number: 19004
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