Full-Time Ceramic Fabricator

Bari Ziperstein Studio / BZIPPY

Bari Ziperstein Studio / BZIPPY

Sun Valley, CA

Seeking a Full-Time Clay Fabricator of Larges

Full-Time: 5 days a week, 8.5 hrs / day

Who we are:

Bari Ziperstein Studio encompasses four creative enterprises.

At the core is Bari’s art practice. Materially experimental and conceptually driven, Bari’s sculpture practice engages ideas of consumerism, propaganda, and the built environment.

BZIPPY is a ceramic furniture and housewares company producing open edition wares. Inspired by architecture and industrial design, BZIPPY builds on a taxonomy of slab-based forms to deliver high-quality, handbuilt functional ceramic objects.

Bari Ziperstein Collectible Design (BZCD) focuses on the design and construction of limited edition and unique functional ceramic functional sculptures. BZCD pieces are highly-engineered forms aiming to push the physical boundaries of clay.

Everything we do at Bari Ziperstein Studio is approached through three equally important pillars:

  1. Creativity. All day, every day.

  2. Honoring the long, intersecting histories of art and design through material curiosity, intellectual rigor, innovation in engineering, and informed, intentional aesthetic choices.

  3. Respecting and valuing labor of all kinds through teamwork, fair compensation, and recognition that everything we make is conceived of, designed, engineered, fabricated, and cared for by human beings.

At BZS, we apply the same intensity of focus required to bring our objects into the world to the design and execution of our operations.

The setting for this position is within a 9,000 sq ft artist studio in Sun Valley, CA that houses the design, production, and sale of ceramic sculpture. With 16 full-time employees, the studio is a business first and an artist studio second.

Position Overview:

Bari Ziperstein Studio is recruiting a full-time Studio Fabricator of Larges, seeking full-time hours. The Studio Fabricator of Larges must have a high level of working knowledge of best practices for slab-built ceramics in order to assist with the fabrication of high-quality, large-scale slab-constructed ceramics including furniture and sculpture.

Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparing and assembling production ceramics including large-scale furniture, planters, and sculptures using slab-building methods.

  • Following precise renderings and production instructions.

  • Fabricating ceramic sculptural works with precise measurements while accounting for shrinkage rate, etc.

  • Working in a collaborative fabrication team setting.

  • Assisting with custom projects and commissions of large wares and sculptures - following precise dimension requirements and production process.

  • Problem-solving with clay including while constructing, while drying, and post-firing.

  • Working collaboratively within the Fabrication Department team and cross-departmentally as needed.

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 perform the above physical activities in excess of 50 pounds with the assistance of another person

  • Must be able to perform a wide range of physical tasks on a frequent and repetitive basis for extended periods of time while working in a studio environment with cement floors, air conditioning, and heat with a dedicated workspace, computer, and inventory area

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

Requirements

Applicants must have at least 2-4 years of hard slab construction experience on a small scale. Wheel throwing and coil building skills are not transferable for this studio’s construction methods - joined thrown works are considered.

Qualifications:

  • Can demonstrate 2-3 years of knowledge of hand-building tools such as various ribs, knives, joining, etc.

  • Previous professional studio experience.

  • Can demonstrate the ability to receive, understand, and apply information in a timely manner within the company training period.

  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner that enables others to read, interpret and understand messages and written documents.

  • Are able to sit and stand for long periods of time, utilize hands and arms in a variety of positions with a wide range of grip strength and manual dexterity, and lift and carry up to 30 pounds

  • Are able to uphold good interactions with colleagues by maintaining clear personal boundaries and professionalism.

  • Have respect, admiration, and pride for the work done in the studio.

  • Ability to communicate with others and face potential conflict with empathy and understanding.

  • Ability to embody mistakes without blaming others.

  • Ability to embrace and provide feedback.

How to Apply

To be considered: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and portfolio of past ceramic slab-built work.

Candidates selected for an interview will be provided with a more detailed job description. In the event that you would like to receive more specific information about this position prior to submitting your resume, please send us a message. First round of interviews are held virtually, second round of interviews are held on site and include a skills assesment.

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Posted on July 26