Major Duties: General summary: Assists the Ceramics and Sculpture faculty and students in the daily maintenance and organization of the ceramics and sculpture studios in the Gwen Frostic School of Art. Works closely with faculty in a variety of duties that support the ceramics and sculpture curriculum.�- Loads, fires and unloads bisque and glaze kilns.- Makes clay from slurry to usable pugged clay and monitors condition of mixed glazes.- Tracks and reports material supply levels and maintains a well-stocked and well-organized supply and tool room(s).- Assists faculty and students with safe and appropriate use of woodworking, metalworking, and digital fabrication machinery, including electric and gas welders, foundry equipment, plasma cutters, 3D printers and laser cutters. Assists with demonstrations and group activities as requested by area faculty.- Maintains sculpture and ceramics area equipment and construct safe and efficient work areas.- Works with building coordinator and campus facilities personnel to ensure that all implements, including outlets, lights, dust collection, and other building systems are in working order.�- Monitors access during open shop hours and oversees that areas are properly secured when closed at night or during semester recesses.- Provides answers to student questions about the ceramic and sculpture studios and provides basic safety demonstrations for students as needed. May teach one Ceramics course per year as needed.�- Maintains the loading dock and empties waste containers as needed.
Minimum Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in related field from an accredited institution.- Two years' relevant experience.- Knowledge of ceramic and sculpture techniques and practices, as well as experience with new learners in 3D media. - Experience firing, loading, repairing and maintaining various kiln types. - Experience with equipment commonly used in a ceramics studio.- Knowledge of glazes, glaze mixing, dry materials and other supplies commonly used in a ceramics studio. - Basic proficiency in metal and wood fabrication, including use of MIG and/or acetylene welding techniques and ability to safely use and demonstrate operation of table saws, miter saws, and general woodshop machinery.- Ability to operate heavy machinery, such as a forklift, as required.�- Ability to perform moderate work, occasionally working in difficult position or with physical demands such as continuously lifting or moving materials from 25 to 50 pounds and occasionally lifting or moving materials greater than 50 pounds.
Internal Number: 352_57022
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