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Production Potter / Studio Technician

About Us

Perry Niessen Studios Inc., operating as Island Stoneware, is a leading producer of handmade pottery located in Borden-Carleton on Prince Edward Island. We are seeking a Production Potter/Studio Technician to join our studio and help create the finely crafted pottery we sell to customers across Canada and the United States.

As a manufacturing wholesaler, our main business is making pottery to sell to retailers. We also have a small retail space in our production studio. We are a small but mighty team with the capacity to create beautiful, handmade pottery in volume. We have a part-time production potter dedicated exclusively to throwing. In addition, we have a full-time person responsible for hand building, handling, incising, glazing, loading/unloading kilns. We have another person dedicated to managing the studio and providing production support.


About the Role

As our new Production Potter/Studio Technician, you will participate in all stages of production. This is a full-time position. You will throw on the wheel, attach handles, and incise designs like our Celtic knot. You will also spend time hand building items from slab. From there you will help load and unload kilns, wax and glaze bisqueware.

Experience with kiln maintenance is a significant asset. We have 5 kilns and one is almost always firing at any given time. Experience and interest in glaze formulation is also an asset. We use Cone 6 custom dipping glazes made in-house. From time to time we need to adjust those formulations and/or understand what is driving a variation in glaze performance.
As we introduce new products, we convene as a group to gather new ideas, try samples and iterate forms. We re-convene as a group to critique samples to land on a final design. The items we create are a brand expression of Island Stoneware, not the vision of a single individual.
All team members have round the clock access to the studio and are able to create their own work on their own time.

Why You Should Join Us

This is a long-term opportunity to pursue a career as a potter in a busy studio with a great team. We are serious about making great product, but we like to go about our work listening to great music and having some laughs. We make an incredible amount of product for a small team. We do this by all pitching in with no job too big or small for anyone.

If you’re interested, please contact Jamie Niessen, Owner, at jamie [@} Islandstoneware.ca with your resume and access/links to photos of your portfolio of work.