Job Opportunity: Ceramics Technician

Photo by Sam Trotman. Image of Matt Wilcock and Fionn Duffy, whilst on RSA Residency

The deadline has now passed.

We’re recruiting a Ceramics Technician to lead our recently renovated studio, support artists and community in their learning, and grow the use of clay in both social and contemporary arts contexts.

Job Title: Ceramics Technician
Salary: £23,000 – £27,000 (pro-rata) depending on experience, valid certifications and training 
Pension: 5% pension contribution
Contract: 0.8 (4 days per week) fixed term for 2 years includes working some weekends and evenings as required
Reporting to: Director 
Holiday: 22 days + 10 bank holiday (10 days bank holidays to be taken over the set winter closure in December/ January).
TOIL: Overtime is paid through TOIL which must be outlined and agreed in advance with line managers.
Place of work: SSW, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Use of workshops: Access to the workshops and facilities for your own art projects with prior arrangement from the Director.

Deadline for Applications: Friday 7 April 2023, midday
Interview: Tuesday 18 April
Commencement of role: May 2023

Job Overview

The ceramics technician is responsible for the delivery of all aspects of SSWs work in clay, ceramics and related mould making and will provide high-quality technical support to artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, community learners and other external users.

The role will support and oversee the ceramic workshop and associated areas and processes at SSW. It requires extensive operational and technical knowledge of clay processes and practices, kiln (electric, raku, wood fired) maintenance/ firing and glazing, alongside robust Health and Safety practices in order to support artists and local communities to work within a safe and engaging environment.

The successful candidate will be able to support and facilitate the work and ideas of a wide range of people with differing experiences of working in clay – from beginners through to professionals. They will demonstrate an ability to lead a studio and maintain the associated health and safety responsibilities attached to this. They must be highly aware of the current HSE guidance and health and safety legislation and regulations to ensure a safe and compliant work space.

They should provide a warm, welcoming and accessible environment for artists, community members and staff, be a strong communicator and have a can-do attitude to supporting artists’ practice. They will be able to work closely with colleagues as well as independently, have experience of working within the arts and supporting contemporary artists practice and be able to ensure effective working relationships with the SSW team and users.They will also be able to feed into developing the ceramics programme. We are particularly interested in people who are committed to the transformational potential of clay both within society and the contemporary visual arts.

We are committed to making our space open and accessible and are continuing to develop our diversity, inclusion and equality plans this year. As such they should enable a supportive and safe learning environment across SSW and be active in their learning in this area.

Please refer to the Job Pack for full information and applicant criteria, at the links below.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, including people currently under-represented in the creative and cultural sector.

How to apply

Please refer to the Job Pack for full information and applicant criteria.

Apply using this online form and upload your letter of application or 5 minute video, your CV, two referees and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (this is for monitoring purposes only and will be detached from your application).

Please note that the online form does not save automatically so please work on a separate document and upload once you have completed this.

If you would find it more accessible to complete any part of this application in a different format, please email arts@ssw.org.uk

Job pack

Download the Job Pack: PDF, word document and large print

All image by Felicity Crawshaw

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