Ceramic Studio - Pre Fabrication Assistant

BZippy & CO

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Position Overview: Assist in the pre-fabrication of production ceramics for wholesale, trade, and custom-commissioned orders

Perform pre-fabrication duties such as rolling out slabs and preparing a variety of ceramic production materials (must have at least 3 years of slabbing experience)

Must be able to stand for long periods of time, use hands and arms in a variety of positions with a wide range of grip strength and manual dexterity, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, and perform a wide-range of physical movements on a repetitive and frequent basis in a wide-variety of indoor climate conditions including heat

Studio Slab Throwers must have a high level of working knowledge of best practices for slab pre-fabrication (hump molds, soft slab, rolling 25 lbs of clay out at once)

Assist in all things Shipping & Receiving, as requested

Assist in all things pre-production, as requested

Speed is essential - skills testing of selected applicants will be performed during the initial interview

Who we are: The setting for this position is within an art studio in northeast LA that houses the creation, fabrication and sale of mixed media sculpture with a primary focus in ceramics



Who we need: If you are an individual that is seeking part-time employment 3 - 4 days a week (weekdays for 27 - 36 hours per week), has the skills and abilities to work in a small studio environment assisting the Creative Director transform clay into works of art, and is seeking an opportunity to become part of a growing business, it would be great to hear from you.



To be considered, please submit your resume and a portfolio of images of their own ceramic works, via website links or PDF. Encourage candidate to show slab constructed work only, wheel throwing is not applicable to this position.


Essential Duties:

The essential duties outlined below form the core functions of the Ceramic pre-production assistant position and provide an overview of the scope of the position and the primary work to be performed. Please note that the actual duties to be performed will be determined by the production needs of the studio as directed by the Creative Director.


Consult with the Creative Director on product design and development, as needed

Consult with the other Lead team members on product design and development, as needed and requested by the Creative Director

Oversee the beginning stages of fabrication of all production ceramics / art

Roll out slabs, soft slab construction, extruding clay and prepping

Carry out drying process of all slabs and storage

Maintain all slabs and hump molds to prevent drying

Assist with innovation and exploration of larger hump molds and new processes

Assist with innovation with new / various hump molds with Creative Director, Lead Fabricators, and Woodworker

Shipping & Receiving functions - Assistant to Lead of Prefabrication - Packing and shipping all orders – generate labels, unrestricted

Lend assistance and provide guidance to other employees, as needed

Share knowledge and techniques with other employees, as needed

Maintain the facility at optimal levels and provide guidance in streamlining processes to achieve maximum output, superior products and services, and the utmost in customer service and satisfaction

Continue to develop processes in the studio for how employees store items, and organize space within the studio

Maintain and develop all google sheet prefabrication processes

Participate in cross-training in extruder, kiln tech, glazing, and events, as requested by the Creative Director

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintains a tidy, clean, safe and professional personal work space and studio environment

Works well with others and maintains harmonious and collaborative relationships with individuals working within the studio as a team

Communicates effectively and with tact and respect and clearly demonstrates professional boundaries at all times

Meets and greets individuals that visit and/or contact the studio with a warm welcome and professional assistance

Works well in a fast-paced and experimental environment with numerous overlapping deadlines, self motivated.

Demonstrates a keen eye and attention to detail when juggling multiple tasks

Monitors inventory levels regarding the production of all prefabrication items (hump molds, slabs, plastic / wood molds) and advises the Creative Director of purchasing needs

Maintains daily awareness of the needs within the studio and effectively communicates those needs to the Creative Director

Demonstrates the ability and willingness to receive, follow and support the needs and requests of the Creative Director at all times

Must be willing to provide services during scheduled hours of operation which are typically Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm

Must be willing to provide a predetermined number of service hours per week to the studio on a regular and consistent basis

Must maintain strict, continuous, and complete confidentiality at all times regarding any and all matters within the studio

Physical Demands:

Must be able to push, pull, bend, stoop, squat, turn from front to back, turn from side to side, reach above shoulder level, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds

Must be able to sit, stand, and assume a variety of positions for extended periods of time

Must be able to work for extended periods of time with clay products and lift, carry, walk on, manipulate with hands and feet, and perform a wide-variety of physically intensive techniques and procedures on a continuous and daily basis

Must be able to work in a studio environment with cement floors, air temperatures that may reach approximately 100 degrees in the summer months, and within limited fabrication spaces when production activities are in full swing

Must be able to drive his/her own vehicle which is in good working condition, have a good driving record, and meet the minimum requirements for vehicle insurance in California

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your resume for consideration and a portfolio of images / website link to info@bzippyandcompany.com

The first screening of resumes will take place on Jan 7, 2019 . Interested applicants are encouraged to respond before that time.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $17.00 to $18.00 /hour

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Posted on December 27