Arts/Industry Pottery Technician


The John Michael Kohler Arts Center seeks a self-motivated, skilled pottery technician to facilitate the technical and physical aspects of artists’ residencies and other Arts/Industry programming needs.

The technician employed by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is the direct support for Arts/Industry artists-in-residence hosted at Kohler Co. The technician meets with the artists-in-residence on a daily basis and guides the technical development of their progress in the studio, guiding them through facility, process, and materials instruction.

General duties and responsibilities include the following:


Administer the artists’ orientation as it relates to factory systems, technologies, policies, and personnel.

  • Facilitate the development of artists’ projects.
  • Make continued introductions to factory personnel as necessary for artists to develop their projects and/or push established technologies.
  • Relay Arts Center information to artists.
  • Supervise and facilitate all photography and video sessions, studio visits, and tours.
  • Document any technological breakthroughs, shortcuts, and innovations of residents and industrial personnel.


  • Create and maintain relevant training documents and visual reference catalogues for all studio materials, processes, equipment, procedures, etc.
  • Review and update written materials and the Artist Handbook as related to technologies and factory policies and personnel.
  • Train residents, interns, assistants, and fellows regarding Arts Center and Kohler Co. policies and procedures of studio/factory equipment and materials handling; manage and correct misuse of facility, equipment, materials, etc.
  • Facilitate instructional workshops and experiences; manage supply lists and order all supplies; work with invited faculty regarding workshop curriculum.
  • Facilitate the documentation, packing/crating, and proper storage of deeded gifts for Kohler Co. and Arts Center.
  • Assist in completing all cataloging, photographic documentation, packing, and crating of the Arts Center collection that has not yet been processed.
  • Assist, as needed, the Arts Center curatorial/registrar staff in installation, deinstallation, crating or shipping of Arts/Industry exhibitions at Arts Center or for touring exhibitions.
  • Facilitate other aspects of the Arts/Industry program in need of the technical knowledge and/or physical involvement of the technician.
  • Maintain a sense of community and open dialogue with artists, assistants, interns, fellows, Kohler Co. associates, and staff.


  • Oversee safe storage, maintenance, handling, disposal and SDS information of all materials.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe operation, maintenance, and repair of Skutt kilns and kiln furniture; ceramic equipment including a ball mill, slab roller, and potter’s wheel; wood shop equipment and tools including both hand and power tools; Instapak packaging system; and all other equipment as needed.
  • Track, order, and maintain inventory of materials, tools, and equipment; order, restock, and replace or repair as necessary.
  • Work with Kohler Co. maintenance to identify areas of needed work and manage requests for larger studio maintenance needs.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with factory personnel.
  • Investigate other industrial technologies at Kohler Co. for possible use by participating artists.


  • Bachelor's degree required with four years of related experience and/or training OR equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook.
  • Technical knowledge base including slip casting, model making, and mold making as well as experience with slip, glaze technology, and formulation, plaster, and firing procedures.
  • Ability to problem solve in a timely manner while using logic and reason in all situations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships.
  • Keen ability to observe and follow safety guidelines at all times.
  • Ability to learn, interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies, procedures, information, ideas, and instructions relating to and impacting the program.
  • Exposure to manufacturing background and environment (preferred).
  • Ability to regularly 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.
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Ability to use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. The job is to help the artists with their work, so it is necessary to see shape and from a distance. The ability to see machines and vehicles moving around the factory is also essential.


Full-time exempt and non-exempt employees qualify for the following benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Short- and long-term disability income
  • Group accident and critical illness insurance
  • Paid time off—vacation/sick and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family membership to the Arts Center
  • Discount for CAFE, SHOP and ARTspace purchases, ticketed events, classes, pre-school and other charged offerings

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce, and we have a strong organizational commitment to racial equity. People of color, gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if we can help make the application or hiring process more accessible for you.

Please email a cover letter and résumé with three professional references to John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Human Resources by July 31, 2020 at:

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