Ceramics Job Opening in Hawaii

Looking for a ceramics job in paradise? Join the dedicated team at Donkey Mill Art Center located in Holualoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Donkey Mill Art Center is a gathering place where people of all ages and abilities develop as creative, conscious, and healthy human beings through art education and experience in contemporary visual arts, crafts and culture. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, artist residencies and specialevents.

We are currently seeking a qualified, responsible and flexible ceramic artist or technician to share the duties required for managing and maintaining our community ceramics studio. Please see below for qualifications and the attached job description for full details on responsibilities.

This is a great opportunity for an emerging artist living on the Big Island, wishing to relocate to Hawaii and/or be part of a vibrant community of makers while still pursuing his/her own artistic endeavors.

Additional employment may be available through teaching opportunities if desired (must meet separate qualifications for teaching). This position is open until filled.


Job Title: Ceramics Studio Co-Manager


• Proven experience with:

o Firing and maintaining electric and propane kilns (cone 6)

o Mixing and maintaining glazes, slips, washes, etc.

o Working with a range of clay bodies in a variety of hand-built and thrown techniques

o Making and maintaining standard ceramics studio equipment such as slump molds,

canvas boards, ware boards, bats, etc.

o Maintaining inventory and requisitioning supplies

• Personable, outgoing and friendly

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Strong organizational and time management skills

• Enthusiastic ability to work as part of a team

• Basic computer literacy and willingness to learn new applications

• Ability to follow and courteously enforce organizational policies and procedures

• Teaching experience strongly preferred

Donkey Mill Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, orientation, physical or mental disability, or age.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a part-time, hourly position with a flexible schedule. Hours vary with the season, programming and the schedule of your co-manager, but generally range from 10-20 per week, including some evening and weekend hours. In addition to hourly compensation, this position includes access to Donkey Mill’s studio for your own ceramic artwork and a dedicated personal workspace in the Ceramics studio.


The following responsibilities are to be shared between the two studio co-managers, with clear communication between the two of them and the Core Program Director.

Studio Responsibilities

• Set a positive, safe and welcoming tone in the Ceramics Studio, as a representative of Donkey Mill Art Center as a whole

• Train, schedule and manage studio assistants, including coordinating designated campus closers as needed

• Clean and maintain the studio with the help of studio assistants, students, teaching artists and volunteers, including a deep clean every 6 weeks (washing all floors and surfaces, clearing out all clay & abandoned work, sorting and cleaning of all tools, etc.)

• Reclaim and pug all clay (w/studio assistants)

• Load and fire kilns to produce reliable results (w/studio assistants)

• Mix and maintain glazes, slips, washes, etc. (w/studio assistants)

• Produce and maintain accurate test tiles for all glazes and clay bodies (w/studio assistants)

• Sort and dispose of bisqueware as needed (w/studio assistants)

• Maintain studio inventory and make timely, cost-effective and budget-conscious material, tool and equipment requisitions through the DMAC requisition process

• Order gas tank refills as necessary

• Make and maintain equipment such as: slump molds, canvas boards, ware boards, tables, bats, etc.

• Repair and maintain kilns as needed, including grinding and applying kiln wash to kiln shelves

• Fire, finish and clean up all specialty projects

• Assist and demonstrate proper use of tools, materials and equipment for students and teaching artists

• Document and organize studio, including production of instructional media as needed

• Follow, inform students and teaching artists about, and enforce with uniformity and courtesy all

DMAC policies

• Monitor (or schedule studio assistants to monitor) all open studio sessions.

• Welcome guest artists and new teaching artists, orienting them to the studio, assist them in classes and workshops

• Make necessary preparations for classes, including supply ordering through the DMAC requisition process, setup and firing schedule

• Confer weekly with Core Program Director and Studio Assistants to assess and attend to needs in the clay studio and stay informed about issues regarding the Mill as a whole

• Refer studio assistant/teaching artist/student concerns to the Core Program Director

• Refer potential teaching artists to the Core Program Director and give feedback on topics and

scheduling upon request

• Provide information for budget development and reporting upon request

• Participate in planning and implementation of studio improvements as needed

• Attend meetings as scheduled by Core Program Director

• Participate in planned special events and demonstrations upon request

Annual Fundraising: COOL FUSION

• Coordinate volunteers to:

o Make over 1,000 bowls for Cool Fusion, as well as other ceramic work for the gift shop year-

o Wash, pack and transport artwork to and from event or venue

o Display Cool Fusion merchandise

• Assist with pricing of Cool Fusion work

• Assist and support Cool Fusion event coordinator and DMAC staff

To apply, send resume, cover letter and three professional references to:

Kristin Shiga, Core Program Director – kristin@donkeymillartcenter.org DMAC Ceramics Studio Co-Manager Job Description 6/17

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