Arts/Industry Pottery Assistant


MFA desirable with emphasis in ceramics or sculpture, two to three years’ experience with technical requirements specific to area, facilities management abilities including equipment maintenance and repair, excellent communication and organizational skills. 

Technical requirements for the Pottery Assistant include slip-casting, model-making and mold-making skills. Experience with plaster, clay and glaze technology and formulation, and firing procedures is essential.


The Pottery Assistant’s primary responsibilities are assisting in all aspects of JMKAC’s Art Preserve focused Artists through facility, process, and materials instruction; and maintaining studio facilities, equipment, tools, and materials under the direction of the Pottery Studio Technician.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.Facilitate the development of artists’ projects by providing ongoing instruction and demonstration of applicable materials, techniques, processes, and equipment.

  1. Make introductions to factory personnel as necessary for the artist to develop their projects and/or push established technologies.
  2. Maintain work spaces as clean, orderly, and safe to the standards of Kohler Co. as budget and time allow, with a mind toward continual improvement.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of safe operation of Skutt kilns, woodshop equipment and tools including hand and power tools, and all other equipment as needed.
  4. Maintain relevant training documents for all studio processes, equipment, procedures, etc.
  5. Maintain inventory of materials, tools, and equipment. Inform technician when supplies are low or equipment needs maintenance.
  6. Be sensitive to the production schedules, policies, systems, and personnel in the factory; ensure that all Arts/Industry participants work within the designated bounds.
  7. Develop and maintain a good working relationship with factory personnel.
  8. Develop and maintain visual reference catalogues for studio materials and processes.
  9. Work cooperatively with other Arts/Industry staff to accomplish these responsibilities, assist in the other studio on an as-needed basis. Be familiar with the materials and processes in both studios. 
  10. Facilitate with the packing/crating and proper storage of artists’ work.
  11. Maintain a sense of community and open dialogue with artists, assistants, interns, fellows, and staff.
  12. Attend weekly Arts/Industry team meetings.
  13. Other duties and/or special projects as assigned.


Job Specific Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following job-specific competencies.

Problem-Solving—Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Develops practical, thorough, and creative alternative solutions. Works well in group problem-solving situations. Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Safety and Security—Observes safety and security procedures. Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines. Reports potentially unsafe conditions. Uses equipment and materials properly.

Adaptability—Adapts readily to changes in the work environment; Has the ability to learn, interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies, procedures, information, ideas, and instructions relating to and impacting the program. Manages competing demands. Changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events. Ability to work with a wide range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds and to modify strategies accordingly.

Self-Assessment—Assesses own strengths and weaknesses. Pursues training and development opportunities. Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills. Shares expertise with others. Able to accept constructive feedback.

Technical Knowledge—The technical knowledge base for the Pottery Assistant includes slip casting, model making, and mold making; experience with clay and glaze technology and formulation; plaster; and firing procedures.

Interpersonal—Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a team environment; and to maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff administration, interns, and other internal and external constituents.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree (BA) required with four years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and the general public. Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies, procedures, information, ideas, and instructions effectively to a wide range of skill levels, personalities, and backgrounds.

Mathematical Skills         

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Communication by email is a must.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Forklift training

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, or stand for long periods; push, pull, and perform tasks requiring manual dexterity; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; lift objects from the ground to above the shoulder; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to thirty pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to one hundred pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The job is to help the artists with their work, so it is necessary to see color, shape, and from a distance. Also, the ability to see machines and vehicles moving around the factory is essential.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; fumes, airborne particles, chemicals, or processes that may be potential health and safety hazards, which would require the use of a properly fitted dust mask and/or half-face respirator and/or other personal protective equipment. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; weather conditions; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. The position is in a factory setting and hearing protection is provided if needed so specific duties are not affected.


Send cover letter, résumé, references, and work samples to:

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Human Resources Manager
608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081
Or email:

Deadline to apply is 12/31/18

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