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Job Vacancy, Altar Pottery

Hours: 8 hours per week (flexible)

Starting salary: £12 per hour

Bonus: Free membership to use our fully equipped pottery studio

Deadline for applications: 22 May 2023

Altar Pottery is a community-oriented venture that provides regular classes, workshops and team building events. The studio also functions as a co-working members’ space where early and mid-career makers have the opportunity to learn and develop essential skills meanwhile exploring their individual creative practice.

We are looking to recruit a talented and committed individual with demonstrable experience in ceramics. Beyond the specific job requirements, we are looking for a team player who understands and champions the physical and mental health benefits of working with clay. Someone who has a passion for ceramics and has a natural ability to connect with people.

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Kiln maintenance: loading, unloading, firing, kiln shelf maintenance.
  • Manage and oversee storage, drying and firing schedule of work produced by students and members
  • Glaze and clay stock management: check inventory, top up glaze and slip buckets
  • Glaze, slip and clay testing
  • Recycling clay using a pug mill
  • Cleaning
  • Glazing student’s work
  • Assist in set-up and delivery of classes and workshops  if required, and provide demonstrations when needed.
  • Manage technician hours, personal administration and time sheets.
  • Other tasks as mutually agreed.

Person Specification:

The successful candidate must be able to clearly demonstrate how they meet the  criteria outlined below.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in the operation and monitoring of electrical machinery including: electric kiln, pug mill, potter’s wheel, extruder
  •  An in-depth understanding of standard ceramics processes and techniques: wedging, hand-building, throwing on the wheel, safe handling and mixing of raw materials
  •  Knowledge of studio health and safety procedures
  • Formal qualification or work experience in Art / Ceramics.
  • Prior experience working / volunteering within the creative sector
  • Excellent communication skills and a friendly and caring attitude to others.
  • Excellent computer and digital skills
  •  Self-motivated and proactive work ethic, with the ability to work well on your own initiative.
  •  Creative and artistic skills with a passion for ceramics, with a strong motivation to bring that passion to others.
  •  Passion for artistic development with the ability to contribute to organisational longer term artistic and strategic goals.
  • Desire to learn and an openness to developing and furthering your skills and approaches.

Please send your CV and a cover letter to

Your cover letter should outline how you meet the person specification and why you would like to join our team.