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BBAC Ceramic Technician

Part-Time: 15-20 Hours per week, average
Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please email your cover letter and resume including past experience in this field with work references to the below email addresses. No phone calls will be taken at this time in the process.
Annie VanGelderen
President & CEO, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Cynthia Mills
Vice President of Programs, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Job Summary/Basic Functions
All ceramic work functions related to kilns including repairing, building, firing, and maintenance; maintenance of studio facilities including glaze spray booth room, throwing room and wheels; hand building room and related tools and glaze materials; outdoor maintenance of kiln yard; mix and test glazes; load and fire kilns; assist students with technical questions; clay recycling, inventory. Must be committed to serving a diverse artistic community. Actively participates in and contributes to continuous quality improvement.
Minimum Qualifications
Associates Degree and 1-year ceramic studio experience as an apprentice or studio assistant for a ceramic artist, business, or college. Additional experience may substitute for a degree on a year for year basis.
Preferred Qualifications
Certificate, BFA, or MFA in ceramics, or 1-2 years shop experience as an apprentice or studio assistant for a ceramic artist or business; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students and faculty. Willingness to work effectively and efficiently in a ceramic studio environment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to operate and maintain all BBAC ceramic kilns, inventory of clays, glaze materials, recycling of clay and glaze materials, simple plumbing operations including sink trap cleaning; maintenance of all working machines; general shop maintenance; skills needed to assist students with technical questions when time permits.
Communication and Computer Skills
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students, faculty, and supervisor verbally, via email, and phone/text. Must have basic computer skills; email programs, MS Word (or comparable), and internet. Meet with VP/Programs and CEO to discuss ceramic equipment, studio operations; improvements, challenges and concerns.
Physical Demands
Able to lift, push, move, relocate/ pull up to 50 lbs. without difficulty. Work conditions include dust, kiln-related environments, and heavy metals when supplied with appropriate safety gear.
Job Duties
1. Operates kilns- loading, firing, unloading, of all gas, electric soda and raku kilns and related repair of kilns, shelves, burners, burner ports, kiln floor, and kiln yard, etc.
2. Inventories clays and glazes and restocks all clays, glaze materials, mixing and maintaining of all glazes, underglazes and clay slips, clay recycling and recycling buckets.
3. Machine maintenance- maintains all machine-operated and non-machine operated tools including, potter’s wheels, blowers and vents for kilns, clay extruder, slip casting table, slab roller, spray booth equipment, bench grinders, and thermocouples, etc.
4. Shop maintenance- inspects and cleans all surfaces including wedging tables, throwing wheels and work tables, hand building, throwing room, glaze/spray room, glaze mixing room and clay traps for sinks.
5. Student assisting- (when work load allows) Available to answer only technical questions and assistance that students may have. If the tech is predisposed with weekly work requirements tech will not be available for student assistance, unless in emergencies.
6. Tech will be directly supervised by the VP of Programs and when she is not available, by the President/CEO. Tech is to not take direction, orders or requests from students.
Documents Needed:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume (including work-related experience)
3. Two Work References

Facilities Staff Worker

Currently, there is one position open: part-time (evenings & occasional weekends).

Please review details below before applying for the opening.  To apply for the position, please email your cover letter and resume including past experience in this field with work references to the email addresses below.  No phone calls will be taken.

Email work experience to: Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO;


Performs entry-level work at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Performs a variety of job tasks related to facilities operations and maintenance. (Based on a couple applications received, please note that this is not an “art job.”)


The list of essential functions, as outlined here, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the classification. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed here if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Performs set up and take down of equipment for classes and or meetings.
  • Handles small repairs.
  • Performs maintenance tasks at facility.
  • Performs clean-up and various custodial services for the art center.
  • Performs routine cleaning tasks of interior and exterior of facilities; including cleaning bathrooms, sweeping & mopping floors, vacuuming, garbage removal, picking up debris in facility parking lot, cleaning windows and mirrors, etc.
  • Monitors facility with housekeeping needs or repairs.
  • Interacts with groups of people – including students, staff, instructors, etc
  • Checks and maintains all facilities maintenance equipment
  • Assists with tracking the inventory of cleaning supplies, tools and maintenance equipment
  • Picks up debris from exterior of facility and inform supervisor when work orders are needed
  • Assists in the implementation of special activities and events
  • Provides exceptional customer service by interacting with our students and instructors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and/or required

Job Requirements


High school diploma or GED; supplemented by at least one year of experience in building maintenance.
Must have a state of MI Drivers license.


  • Knowledge of cleaning products, materials, and methods and maintenance equipment used in facility maintenance
  • Knowledge of safe work practices
  • Ability to use a variety of building maintenance equipment, supplies, and materials
  • Skill in ability to communicate via email and ability to use computer for class schedules/setups
  • Skill in providing good customer service
  • Ability to multi-task while working with tight deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Ability to organize work for timely completion
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to clearly communicate and understand information in English, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to regularly attend work and arrive punctually for designated work schedule, including mornings, evenings, weekends, and special events.

Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work and may require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of heavy objects or materials (up to 30 pounds). Tasks that require moving objects of significant weight require the assistance of another person and/or use of proper techniques and moving equipment. Tasks may involve extended periods of time standing and/or walking.
Tasks are regularly performed inside.

Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity.

Office Assistant – ON HOLD

Our search for this position is currently on hold… Updates will be posted as they occur.

Part-time entry level administrative job. 20-24 hours per week; Saturdays required.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) serves the visual arts community of the Detroit region with classes for all ages & experience levels, free exhibits, events & community outreach programs. More than 6,000 people learn in classes, workshops & art camps, while close to 10,000 total participate in BBAC activities throughout the year – at the center & elsewhere.

General office assistance duties are primarily answering phone inquiries, directing calls & engaging with individuals seeking program information &/or registering for classes.


  • Higher education preferred or commensurate experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Pleasant personality
  • Organizational & multi-tasking skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Reliability
  • Willingness to learn

Email cover letter & resume to: Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO;

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.