We Are Hiring: Ceramics Technician (0.6)


This Position is now closed.

Role: Ceramics Technician

Reporting to: Studio Director

Part Time: 0.6

Starting Salary: £16,016-£20,800 (Pro Rata: £9,610-£12,480)

Holiday Entitlement: 19.8 days (includes Bank Holidays)

Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-6:30pm (TBD), some weekend and evening work may be required

Start Date: As soon as possible

Please download the Full Job Description and Person Specification before applying.

Apply: please send a cover letter and CV to rebecca@sunkenstudio.co.uk

Deadline: Midnight Monday 16th September

Interviews: Friday 20th September

Sunken Studio is a coworking ceramics studio in central Leeds. We are looking for a Ceramics Technician and Kiln Tsar to whip the studio into shape and keep it fit and healthy. This role is for you if you notice issues, like solving practical problems, and do stuff with skilled gusto. 

We’re growing and are now looking for a ceramics specialist to help create a dynamic, vibrant, materiality rich, and safe studio environment. We’re looking for someone who’s a good allrounder. You should have a broad understanding of relevant techniques and processes: good plaster work and mouldmaking skills are essential. The role includes providing technical guidance and support to our tutors and community of makers. You will need to manage your studio responsibilities and workload while being attentive to the needs of the studio community.

You should have previous experience working in a ceramics studio, have a qualification in ceramics (level 3+), a track record as a designer-maker or equivalent industry experience. You should be highly motivated with appropriate technical and practical skills. Ideally you’ll be a problem solver capable of taking responsibility for the daily glitz and grime of a studio pottery and its community. 

The role requires some flexible working.


Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Provide specialist practical and technical support in all aspects of studio life.

  • Help with any studio activities and events that require additional support.

  • Contribute to creating a dynamic and vibrant, materiality rich, studio environment. 

  • Cover studio opening hours and provide technical guidance to our community of members.

  • Clean, organise and maintain the studio environment, tools and equipment, and manage service and repair when needed.

  • Plan, communicate and manage kiln firings and associated processes. Lead all aspects of work flow through the kilns.

  • Monitor all aspects of studio production and adapt when necessary.

  • Make plaster batts, models and moulds for communal use.

  • Monitor materials and stock and advise when running low.

  • Adhere to, and maintain, relevant health and safety regulations.

  • Manage deliveries, material storage and equipment.

  • Coordinate and manage sustainable solutions to processing reclaimed materials and waste.

  • Take full responsibility for studio housekeeping.

  • Make slips and glazes.

  • Glaze and process finished work, samples and tests.

  • Prepare clay for workshops and events - mainly wedging, rolling slabs, slip-casting, press-moulding, extruding.

  • Pack work ready for collection or delivery.

  • Assist with aspects of manufacturing prototypes, examples and products.

  • Record processes, techniques and finished works for marketing purposes.