Open Call: 2020 Ceramics Internship

Glazing at SSW. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

We are inviting applications for a Ceramics Internship which will run from Monday 26 October — Monday 14 December 2020.

This internship programme provides hands-on learning for people interested in developing experience of working in a busy ceramics workshop within a rural workshop facility. Our ceramics workshop offers artists the space, specialist advice and equipment to develop their work in an experimental and supportive environment, dedicated to creative and innovative practice with ceramics.

As the Ceramics Intern, you will be working with the SSW Ceramics Technician; assisting with daily tasks that support use of the workshop by regular users and residency artists. You will also support on the planning and delivery of evening classes and have access to the workshops for one day per week to develop your personal practice.  

We are interested in working with people who have not yet had access to similar opportunities, who are active in their learning and approach and are willing to contribute to shaping their collective experience here.

For the full role description and person specification follow this link.

This Ceramics Internship provides the successful applicant with the opportunity to work with artists and makers in the development of their practices. You will learn how to support people with varying skill levels and experience and build on your existing skills in ceramics-focused practice. We hope that through this role we are able to nurture skills and knowledge in ceramics within contemporary arts and create a space for collective learning and exchange.

  • Stipend of £150 per week
  • Free studio and workshop access 1 day per week for personal practice (equivalent of £36 per day for 7 days)
  • Shared, simple self-catering accommodation for the duration of the placement (equivalent to £30 per night for 49 nights)


  • Supporting the Ceramics Technician on the day-to-day running of a busy ceramics workshop.
  • Supporting the artists who use the workshop, through residency, open access, courses and regular sessions.
  • Developing knowledge of building, glazing and firing techniques.
  • Learning and actioning best practice around ceramics workshop health and safety.
  • Other duties as agreed with the Ceramics Technician and Programme and Communications Manager

All applicants for the Ceramics Internship should use our online application form to apply and we advise you to complete your application offline until it is ready to be submitted, as the contents of the form cannot be saved before submission. You can access the application form via this link.

You will be asked to submit:

  • An outline of why you are interested in the role, what you would bring to it and why this opportunity would be of benefit to you (max 500 words / 2 mins audio or video)
  • A CV (max one page / one min audio or video). This gives us an idea of your current work circumstances and history
  • Details of one referee
  • Any information relating to your personal circumstances, if applicable. This could include details of any access needs

To support people to access this opportunity, we accept audio/ video applications. You are welcome to submit an application in this format if you prefer. There is space to link to this on the online form. In the other boxes, please write “see video/audio”. 

If you have problems using the online submission platform, or you have any questions relevant to your application, please email: jenny@ssw.org.uk.

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