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Ceramics Artist-in-Residence at Gallery One Visual Arts Center

Position Description:
Gallery One, located in historic Ellensburg, Washington seeks a self-motivated artist who is passionate about making and teaching ceramics to a variety of skill levels. This position would maintain the ceramic studio, teach to kids and adults, and be responsible for outreach of our program. IN EXCHANGE, the resident will receive hourly compensation for teaching and technician work (average 14 hrs/wk combined), a $500 credit for materials and firing fees, space in the public studio and access to a small, but passionate artist community. This position will be offered from August 2015 – June 2016 with an option to join our team earlier.

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references and a portfolio of up to 10 images (website link accepted) to Applications will be reviewed beginning June 15. Open until filled.

About Gallery One:
Located in the historic Stewart building in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, Gallery One Visual Arts Center is the focal point for artists, art patrons, students, community members, and tourists to interact with the visual arts in Central Washington State.

Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition and appreciation of visual arts in Central Washington. To that end, the facilities, board of directors, and staff of Gallery One provide:
– High-quality, innovative, and diverse visual arts exhibits
– Educational programs for the appreciation and skills of the arts
– Studios for a diverse group of resident artists
– Networking opportunities with business organizations and educational institutions in support of the arts
– A meeting place to foster community cohesion and arts appreciation

In addition to rotating exhibits of contemporary art, Gallery One offers a variety of quarterly classes, an art after school program for kids, a gift store featuring regional artisans, a full ceramics studio available for classes or private rentals, inexpensive studio spaces for artists and facility rentals for the community.

About the studio:
The ceramics resident’s studio will be placed in the public ceramics studio at Gallery One. The studio has three electric kilns, cone 6 glazes, 10 electric wheels, a spray booth, one kick wheel, an extruder and a slab roller. The resident will have 24 hour access to the public studio.

About Ellensburg:
Located in the rural heart of Washington State, Ellensburg, despite its size (pop. 18,000) has a supportive and growing arts community. One of its many benefits to artists is the proximity to Central Washington University which has a growing art department with a dynamic ceramics program providing access to, faculty and students and guest artists. There are many galleries in the town that participate in the busy First Friday ArtWalk every month. For nature lovers, it is surrounded by hiking, camping and fishing opportunities. For city lovers, we are 90 minutes from Seattle.

Position details:
This position reports to the Executive Director but is expected to work with front desk, CSA coordinator and other instructors. This position comes with many opportunities for income that vary in hours, demand and compensation.

Qualifications of this position include;
– an above average knowledge of ceramics processes, equipment
– some teaching or teaching assistance experience with youth and adults preferred
– this position must be a team player with good communication skills
– a required background check (WATCH report)

Technical Duties
Provide kiln firing instructions to selected technicians and assistants.
Coordinate firing schedule with studio artists, instructors and staff.
Maintain a clean and well organized working environment.
Keep accurate inventory of clay/ glasses/ equipment.
Mix glazes and make clay as needed.
Assist in keeping users informed of policies and costs.
Provide rules and health and safety instructor to all students and assistants.
Assist in the Soup Line benefit.
Pay: $11/ hr with a maximum 8 hours/ wk for 40 weeks or not to exceed 400 hours/yr

Instructor Duties
Assist or teach special classes for youth through CSA program under the instruction of the CSA Coordinator.
Pay: $11.50/ hr with a maximum 3 hours/ wk per class.

Clay Party/ Private Instruction
Clay parties are generally 2 hr hands on events with youth or adults that include art instruction, firing and materials fees. Parties average 10 in size. customer.
Pay: $33/hr

Adult Instruction
Develop interesting and challenging studio classes for multiple levels.
Pay: varies

Past visiting artists include: Julia Galloway, Saya Moriyasu and Timea Tihanyi