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Bard College at Simon's Rock

Ceramic Studio Assistant/Residency

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is seeking applications for two Ceramic Studio 
Assistants, one with a wheel-throwing emphasis, and one with a focus in alternative 
methods of making sculptural or functional work. Each position is active during the fall 
and spring semesters of academic year 2014-15 (mid-August through mid-May) and 
pays $12 per hour for 16 hours per week. The positions grant 24-hour studio access to 
a private but shared studio, as well as all ceramic, woodworking and metalworking 
facilities. Both appointments begin and end one week before and after each semester. 
Both are one-year positions with the potential of renewal for a second year. 

The primary functions of these positions are to help maintain studio cleanliness, keep 
studio and equipment organized, clean, and functioning smoothly, oversee the 
loading/firing/unloading of gas/electric/wood kilns, oversee clay reclamation, keep dry 
materials and glazes inventoried and organized, manage work-study students, and 
assist with wood firings and wood preparation. Additional responsibilities will require 
supervising the wood/metal shop during open studio hours as well as ongoing projects 
or tasks that help to make the ceramic and design studio a more user-friendly, efficient, 
and technically advanced place to work. 

The specific skill-set required for each position are summarized above. Standards of 
performance for both positions include a working knowledge of clay/glaze materials and 
plaster, loading/firing/unloading of electric and gas kilns and a wood kiln. Ability to train 
students on safe studio practices both in the ceramic studio and the wood and welding 
shop, the ability to work with students at various skill levels, and the ability to 
successfully interface with faculty, staff and administration are required. 
Actively creating and developing one’s own ceramic work in the studio is an essential 
part of this position. 
To apply, please email a letter of interest, artist statement, contact information of at 
least 2 references, resume, a link to your website OR 10 images of your work in .jpg or .gif format
with a maximum total size not exceeding 2 MB to 
For questions regarding these positions please email
Application Deadline, April 15. No phone calls please.

The letter of interest should address your experience with the following:
1. Loading and firing gas reduction kilns.
2. Clay and glaze materials and calculations.
3. Expertise and interest in the specific position's areas of focus.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified 
individuals are encouraged to apply. Employment is contingent on a successful 
background check. Review of applications will begin immediately and search will 
remain open until the position is filled. For more information about the College, please 
visit our website at