Contract Pottery Instructor


Closing Date: Apr 20, 2018 4:30 PM

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Job Summary

The City of Nanaimo's Parks & Recreation Department is seeking a contract Pottery Technician/Instructor.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Greeting and serving the needs of users
  • Selling clay and drop-in pottery cards
  • Weighting wares and collecting money
  • Solving any problems a user may encounter and providing guidance when it is required
  • Answering questions and providing information
  • Loading and unloading kilns when time permits
  • Washing tables, chairs and floors as well as counters after use
  • Being attentive to what is going on to ensure the comfortable and safe atmosphere of the studio for all who use it

Studio Upkeep

  • Ensuring all equipment is in good working order
  • Mixing and replenishing glazes when running low
  • Mixing clay slip for use in hand-building projects
  • Ordering supplies when needed
  • Controls stock and inventory
  • Grinding and recoating kiln shelves as well as vacuuming out kilns on a regular basis
  • Moving wares from drying cupboards to kiln room for firing
  • Washing down all surfaces covered in dust on a regular basis
  • Assist with the changing of signage
  • Ensuring that all pottery piece are picked up by users and disposing of any leftover or forgotten items
  • Cleaning out drying cupboards as well as storage cupboards
  • Cleaning out clay storage room and recycle old clay
  • Wedging and store clay for future use

Instruction of Classes

  • Being prepared with designs and the knowledge of how to implement class projects
  • Preparing resources adequately for the size of each class and ensuring that everything is prepared for the beginning and conclusion of the class
  • Maintaining an order to ensure smooth transition throughout the class
  • Being adaptable to changing class sizes
  • Properly storing completed projects in drying cupboards and moving said projects into the kiln room for firing when they are dry
  • Setting reasonable time limits to ensure all class participants can complete projects on time

Kiln Firing and Loading/Unloading

  • Ensuring that it is done on a regular basis and as often as required
  • Load without distraction to ensure no breakage of user projects
  • Being aware of the firing schedule and paying attention to the kiln during the firing process
  • Solving any problems associated with kilns efficiently to prevent an excess of downtime
  • Loading and unloading with a well-organized plan and in an orderly fashion to avoid mix ups with wares from different classes

In General

  • To be responsible for a large number of users and their projects
  • Performing all work required in an efficient, productive and organized manner
  • Requires skill consistency and hard work
  • The ability to be flexible with schedules, hours, and time limits is also a great asset
  • Working safely and encouraging others to do the same
  • Reporting unsafe conditions to supervisor


  • Extensive knowledge and skills in all aspects of clay work, including both hand-built and wheel thrown methods
  • A knowledge and understanding of the chemistry of glazes, including mixing, application and technical aspects related to glaze firing
  • Skills in firing maintaining, and managing the upkeep of the kilns
  • Being extremely organized and possess the ability to adapt to the changing demands and smooth management of the studio
  • Having excellent time management skills, and the ability to work well under pressure and maintain a neat and clean studio to ensure that it is ready for use when required
  • Being diplomatic and patient while dealing with a wide variety of ages and users of the studio
  • Requires skills in design and structure as well as knowledge of the outcome of potential projects to ensure student success

Compensation and Benefits

This is a contract position with the City of Nanaimo, Department of Parks and Recreation. The successful applicant will not be a member of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) 401. Hours are varied and not guaranteed.

WAGE: $21.00 TO $25.00 / HOUR


Please email resumes with a cover letter to by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018.


Please contact Kathy Gonzales at or phone 250.755.7512.

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