Studio Assistant for Pottery (Current Employee) – Lewiston, ME – June 6, 2014
A typical day of work includes, reclaiming clay on the wedging board, loading or unloading a bisque kiln, glazing work, basic studio maintenance/up-keep, and making glazes, slips, and stains from raw materials. A few times a month I will glaze pottery, load/unload high-fire gas glaze kilns (including making cone packs), and clean kiln shelves, which includes coating in kiln wash, and grinding off glaze runs.
Another component to this position was marketing for pottery sales at my College's bookstore. This included creating the advertisement/product bios, doing inventory, and setting prices on a consignment basis.
The position was oversaw by the Ceramics Professor at the College, and the co-workers were other very enthusiastic Studio Art Majors and potters who shared a love for pottery, ceramic history, and visual art and culture.
The hardest part of the job was the unspecified, varying work hours and duration of tasks.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the discussions with the Professor and co-workers bout modern art and the necessity and the changing meaning of pottery in society and modern and ancient cultures throughout the world.