Pottery Northwest Seeks Studio Technician


The studio technician will assist the director with building and program operations and maintenance.  This position is 15 – 20 hours/ week, hours flexible.  Because this position potentially offers opportunities for artistic career advancement it is preferred that applicants have an active studio practice.


– extensive knowledge of ceramic materials and process
– good organizational skills, ability to focus on details and big picture, punctual
– good interpersonal skills, helpful and friendly to students and residents
– ability to perform constant physical activity, including ability to lift 50 pounds; work safely with ladders, ceramic materials and dust; tolerate heat, cold and dampness.


– mix clay and glazes
– load, fire and unload bisque kilns
– maintain materials inventory
– assist director in oversight of work-study program
– keep wheels, kilns (gas and electric), slab roller, extruders, and other studio equipment in good working order at all times
– oversee building maintenance, including but not limited to all plumbing, electrical, gas, and waste
– assist director with other small projects as needed.


$15 – 20/ hour (dependent upon experience)

Potential for teaching opportunities, with extra pay

Direct questions to james@potterynorthwest.org

To apply send letter of intent, resume, and up to five images of your work to james@potterynorthwest.org or hard copy and/ or CD to Pottery Northwest c/o James Lobb 226 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Applications received by March 20th will be given full consideration.  Applications received after 3/20 may be considered as the position will be open until filled.

Pottery Northwest is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its programming and organization.

Introducing our new Executive Director

James-Lobb-with-coatIt is with great pleasure that I introduce James Lobb as our new Executive Director!

His selection, effective April 1, concludes a national search conducted by the board of directors. Wally will stay on during the month of April to ensure a smooth transition.

James has been part of PNW since 2008 when he pedaled his way across the United States to begin a residency with us. Since that time he has been a resident, teacher, volunteer, and studio tech for the pottery. He has also continued to grow his own practice while teaching ceramics at South Seattle College. Having brought creativity and joy to the pottery, James is ready to continue on our current path with his own ideas and energy.

Wally will leave the pottery in May to pursue new creative interests. He’s been an outstanding leader and steward for the past 10+ years. We thank him so very much for his commitment to excellence in ceramic arts education and wish him the best in his new creative adventures.

Know that the pottery is in great shape and in very capable hands as we head toward our 50th anniversary over the next 18 months.

James is often in the studio in his current capacity as teacher and tech. Please take a moment to congratulate him.

Neal Sofian
President Board of Directors