Washington Glass School is Hiring!
“Warm Glass Studio Coordinator”
WGS seeks a creative and energetic manager and teacher for a kiln cast glass studio in Mt. Rainier, Md. just outside Washington, DC. Washington Glass School is a private art studio which focuses on warm glass and mixed media sculpture.
The combined glass school and studio has several missions:
1). Engaging the surrounding metro area with large scale community involved public art works.
2). Teaching kiln casting classes and others that support our sculptural mission.
3). Production work for several artists who are based here, including acrylic /resin casting and mold making. Candidate cannot be allergic to these.
The Glass Studio Coordinator will be responsible for communicating with all of these audiences and ensuring that the studio is serving their needs.
We are looking for someone who is equally excited about glass education, mold making, acrylic casting, glassmaking, and managing and promoting the studio. The Washington Glass School Studio Coordinator should be self-starter who can independently manage studio activities, as well as collaborate closely with WGS’s staff on an overall strategic vision for the organization and its execution in the glass studio.
• Serve as a public face for WGS: act as primary liaison for studio renters, answer calls and emails about studio, interact with visitors, attend events on behalf of WGS.
• Oversee all activities in the glass studio, including managing studio calendar, scheduling and working with renters, designing and managing classes and demos.
• Manage and assist several artists principles with their work.
• Travel to international art fairs to represent WGS artists, with duties including show set-up, sales, packing, shipping and take down.
• Manage studio inventory and purchase materials and tools as needed.
• Help oversee and fabricate large scale public art pieces, including community involvement work shops.
• Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly teaching artist meetings.
• BA or BFA with a concentration in glass or life experience equivalent (Experience managing a glass studio would be helpful.)
• Understanding of a range of kiln making processes.
• Good written and oral communications skills; ability to interact with all of the audiences at WGS. Intelligence is better than brawn !
• Ability to work as a part of a team while working independently on projects to meet multiple deadlines.
• The ideal candidate should very much want to further their own art career and would benefit from their time here.
• Metal welding, acrylic casting and electronic wiring background would be helpful, but candidate can be trained in this.
• Speed is of the essence here on projects. Speed, staying on task and attention to detail are paramount. Hopefully someone who will treat each work as their own for quality control.
The Glass Studio Coordinator is a 35/40-hour/week position, including some evening and weekend events. Salary is commensurate with experience. It includes both an hourly salary and teaching bonuses. This is an extremely busy studio. Much of our work goes straight from here to galleries and museums.
Compensation takes the following forms:
~ 10 to 15 dollars an hour to start, depending on relevant experience
~ 25/50 dollars per student for each class taught
~ additional income for manning booths and set up/take down at international art fairs
~ you will have the opportunity to sell and show your work at some of the international art fairs, such as Context Miami, Expo Chicago and Affordable Art Fair in NYC.
Benefits also include assisted health insurance and kiln time at WGS as well as use of all equipment and a dedicated work area for your own art. Access to all equipment. Materials at cost. This is the ideal job for those who are seeking a career as a full time studio artist.
WGS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
Submission deadline May 1, 2017
To apply, please submit a cover letter telling us why you might be a good fit, your resume, and images of past work to: [email protected]
Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD 20712