Call for Applicants: Forrest Lesch-Middelton is accepting applications for a studio apprentice at FLM Pottery and Origins Tile Studio in Petaluma, California.
My goal in offering a well-rounded studio apprenticeship is to share my studio practice and experiences in the ceramics community with an emerging studio artist while benefitting from an extra set of competent hands to assist with the daily tasks of a full time pottery and tile studio.
– Be self-sufficient.
– Exhibit an ability to work well with others.
– Have a good studio work ethic.
– Possess a working knowledge of ceramic studio procedures.
– Possess, at a minimum, an intermediate level of wheel throwing skills.
– Possess an interest in developing new studio production techniques and knowledge.
– Be pursuing a career in ceramics with the primary goal of making a living from the sales of your work.
– Have a commitment to the personal use of the studio space, ensuring an equitable work trade situation.
This position is a one year commitment that begins immediately. Studio apprentices are required to work up to fifteen hours per week in the studio. Responsibilities include mixing glazes, printing and sizing silk-screened images, cleaning, making tile, mixing clay, firing kilns, and packing and shipping work. Other typical studio tasks often arise that will also require the assistance of the studio apprentice.
In return for his or her work, the apprentice will be offered twenty-four hour studio access, a dedicated studio space in which to work, and access to electric and gas firings. Along with studio access, the apprentice will have opportunities to sell work from the studio, and will occasionally be able to assist during local and national workshops provided he or she provides their own transportation. By far, the greatest benefit for apprentices is the opportunity to be immersed in the experience of working in a full-time ceramics studio, learning from my 25+ years of knowledge, experience, and connections within the field of studio ceramics.
The studio apprentice will not be provided room or board, and may take on a part time job to earn wages to offset the high cost of living in Northern California. I am happy to share my local connections to sales opportunities with you in the hopes that you can make a living from your studio practice. Petaluma is the southernmost town in Sonoma County. It has a population of 60,000, yet maintains a small town feel. Petaluma is situated as the gateway to wine country, and is only 45 minutes north of San Francisco, and 25 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Good part time jobs at wineries, coffee shops and other local establishments are plentiful! Paid opportunities to work for FLM Ceramics and Origins Tile Studio will be offered when available, and when studio trade hours have been exceeded at a rate of $15.00 per hour. Apprentices will be considered independent contractors, and NOT EMPLOYEES of FLM Ceramics.
If you are interested in this position, please email a letter of intent, resume, five examples of recent work, and two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org