Opportunities

Opportunity Ceramics Studio Technician (Casual Part-Time)

Craft Nova Scotia is the provincially recognized service organization for craft. Our mandate is to encourage and promote both the craft movement in Nova Scotia and the public awareness and appreciation of craft products and activities. Craft Nova Scotia manages and operates the Mary E Black Gallery and the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia and coordinates a variety of programs and services to support artisans and craftspeople throughout the province. Programs include the Craft Nova Scotia Designer Craft Show, Pop up events, training and development workshops, Residency Programs, Exhibitions, and a wide variety of instructional programs engaging the community in craft practices.

POSITION SUMMARY

We are seeking a creative and organized individual with experience operating ceramic studio facilities, to join our team as our Ceramic Studio Technician. The successful candidate will work together with the Programming and Studio Operations Coordinator to ensure that facilities and equipment, as well as the studio’s Health and Safety standards, are maintained for the use of students, instructors, and residents. Moreover, they will offer their knowledge and experience to help facilitate improvements needed in the day-to-day studio operations.

The Ceramic Studio Technician will be responsible for firing work created by students during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms, and will supervise Open Studio sessions which run alongside courses on Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The successful candidate will work with the Programming and Studio Operations Coordinator, to establish a work schedule with the understanding that the total hours work will be flexible and will vary weekly depending on the needs of the Ceramic studio.  

An overview of responsibilities is provided below.  

STUDIO MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Carrying out weekly studio maintenance that includes but is not limited to cleaning tabletops, sinks, countertops, cupboards and floors.
  • Making sure studio equipment and materials are organized and easily accessible to instructors, as well as students and residents when necessary. 
  • Providing regular maintenance to studio equipment.  
  • Making sure tools, consumables and other materials are replenished.  
  • Mixing glazes according to recipes. 
  • Loading, unloading and firing student’s work using the studio kilns.
  • Supervising Open Studio sessions and making sure students are using the equipment safely and respectfully. 

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Ceramics Studio Technician, in collaboration with the Studio Operations and Programming Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the safe operations of the studio facilities. They will be promoting health and safety awareness by setting a good example, understanding, and committing to the studio policies, practices and responsibilities as per the Centre’s Occupational, Health and Safety procedures. They are responsible for ensuring studio users have received a safety orientation. They will participate in worksite safety inspections at least once per year, reviewing and contributing to the implementation of safety corrective actions.  

COMMUNICATION WITH STAFF

  • Reporting to the Studio Coordinator if any repairs, replacements, and inspections of equipment are needed outside of general repairs 
  • Arranging for the Studio Coordinator to purchase materials and consumables ensuring proper delivery time. 
  • Replying to Open Studio emails when necessary. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • A Bachelor of Fine Arts and/or equivalent experience with ceramic and safe studio practices.  
  • Experience in studio operations and facility maintenance.  
  • Awareness, commitment, and understanding of occupational health and safety practices. 
  • WHIMIS and Standard First Aid certification is an asset. 

 HOURS OF WORK 
Minimum 14 hours a week with a maximum of 17 hours.  
The position is on site and, while the hours are flexible, the chosen candidate will be expected to be available for Open Studio sessions running on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm during our Fall, Winter and Spring Terms.  

 COMPENSATION 
$15.97 – $18.00 hourly, to be determined based on qualifications and experience. 

 CLOSING DATE 
October 30th, 2022, 11:59pm 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume via email to: 
Emily Wareham, careers@craftnovascotia.ca

Subject Line: Ceramic Studio Technician
 

Craft Nova Scotia is located within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship of 1726. We acknowledge and honour the Mi’kmaq people who have cared for and continue to care for this land.
As Treaty People, Indigenous and non-Indigenous we share the mutual responsibilities for stewardship and sustainability of our cultures and community within this beautiful land. Craft Nova Scotia is committed to deepening our learning and strive to honour and uphold these Treaties through the preservation and celebration of cultural traditions and contemporary craft practices.

Call for Instructors

Ongoing call: October 17th WINTER 2023 TERM runs from January to March PLEASE NOTE: If you have taught with us before,  you will need to resubmit your course proposal.    Your proposal package should include the following information:

1. DESCRIPTION of the proposed course or workshop as you would like it to appear on the course brochure, fun, exciting and to the point (MAX 50 words).

  • Please include preferred dates, times, and duration of the course.
  • Maximum number of students in the class.
  • Materials list or materials cost for students.

2. COURSE OUTLINE including brief descriptions of what is to be covered in each week’s class.

3. Current C.V. as it relates to your art practice.

4. BIO to appear on the Centre for Craft’s web page (MAX 150 words). Also include a link to your website if you have one.

5. DIGITAL IMAGES (the is a MUST for advertising your classes. Please make sure they are of good quality, in focus, represent you and the possible projects you will be teaching)

  • 1-3 pictures of your most recent works to appear on the BIO page & web listing
  • 1-3 pictures representative of the work made in your proposed class for course brochure & web listing & advertising

You can send proposals electronically by email to studio.coordinator@craftnovascotia.ca (subject heading: “Fall 2022 Teaching Proposal”)