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Ceramics Studio Manager

Part Time
  • Part Time
  • Bend, OR
  • $23.00 - $27.50/hr. USD / Year
  • Salary: $23.00 - $27.50/hr.

Website Mud Lake Studios

Mud Lake Studios is dedicated to providing a safe, positive, accessible, environmentally conscious, member-based space open to anyone and their creative process to grow as an artist, to hone their craft, to learn new skills, and to engage in a welcoming, like-minded community of individuals.

The studio manager will uphold and promote these values as outlined in the Membership Agreement and Mission Statement and work independently to manage the day-to-day needs of the studio and its community members while reporting directly to the owner.


  • Load, fire, and unload kilns in a manner that maximizes time and efficiency; Set schedule for firing assistants; Collaborate with instructors on a schedule for them to fire their class wares, be sure class wares are ready for pick up within 2 weeks of finishing a class.
  • Mix community glazes
  • Maintain equipment such as kilns and furniture, slab rollers, tables, and wheels; coordinate repair of equipment as needed. • Maintain safe, clean, and functional environment; organize and execute quarterly studio clean up; empty and clean sink trap quarterly. Manage reclaim clay tables, teach and manage firing assistants in these tasks.
  • Manage artists firing their own kilns via the certification process; instruct and test.
  • Onboard new members and employees.
  • Work in the shop and manage schedules for shop employees.
  • Merchandise and organize shop displays.
  • Maintain a Google calendar for firings, classes and events for both studio members and the public; update Mud Lake Studios website and any other applicable online calendar such Source Weekly.
  • Work with the owner and team to identify and implement studio systems.
  • Keep track of inventory, prepare orders for supplies and materials; track, re-stock and store inventory for shop and studio, Prepare orders placed via website for pick-up.
  • Collaborate on planning of community-based ceramics and education activities.
  • Develop classes and events with the priority of diversity and inclusivity; schedule and coordinate with hosts, instructors, and participants to ensure guidelines are understood (including waivers); set up for and clean up after each class and event; follow-up promptly with participants and instructors for feedback. There should be TWO class offerings per week and at least ONE workshop per month.
  • Engage with the members and the public through a monthly newsletter and a weekly (minimum) social media post on Facebook and Instagram, and respond to inquiries promptly.
  • Plan and implement marketing communications through various media including but not limited to social media, newspaper ads, newsletters, and posters; any press release requires approval from the owner.
  • Identify and request within budget any items needed for classes and events at least 2-4 weeks before the day of the class or event.
  • Maintain a friendly, approachable attitude. Be a good resource for the studio and public.
  • Attend all management and studio meetings. • Additional tasks may be required.


  • Be on time and prepared for each shift.
  • Be a friendly, helpful resource in the studio and maintain a positive, patient presence with other members.
  • Set boundaries with other members for personal work time outside Studio Manager hours.
  • Keep a balanced firing schedule for personal and/or private firings and community firings.
  • Communicate urgent needs to owner in person or via a phone call; less urgent needs should be communicated via email.
  • Report to owner and communicate with members any drips, explosions, or issues with work causing damage.
  • Speak with owner directly in the case of any uncertainty.

Pay: $23.00 – $27.50 per hour

Expected hours: No less than 18 per week

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