Potters:Produce

Applications close November 24th, 11pm.

Potters: Produce Call for Applications

The committee organising the next Australian Ceramics Triennale (TACTT2019), which will be held in Hobart in May 2019, has been awarded funding through the Arts Tasmania Organisations Investment Program to run a lead-in project where six Tasmanian Potters will participate in a professional development program.  The purpose of the Potters: Produce project is to upskill a group of Tasmanian Potters with the specific knowledges required by Potters who produce work for use in commercial eateries. The project is aimed at assisting the TACTT2019 committee in meet its objective of facilitating the showcasing of local produce served on locally made serving ware in eateries around the event precinct (Sullivan’s Cove) during the Triennale.

Applications are now being sought from Tasmanian Potters who would like to be considered for a position in this project.

The project will be delivered in two phases:

Phase One – Training (Jan – May 2018)

Participants will be engaged in group workshops as well as individually tailored training. 

This training could include, but is not limited to:

Studio skills

Food-safe glaze development

Clay body selection

Form development

Volume production techniques

Business skills

Photography

Marketing

Pricing

Copyright Law

Small business practices

Whole group workshops will be conducted within Tasmania, for which established practitioners, trainers and mentors from Tasmania and interstate will be engaged. These workshops will focus on core competencies but will be tailored, to some degree, to the needs of chosen participants. Details will be confirmed prior to applicants being offered positions, but it is expected that two group workshops will occur, running for 2-5 days each. The cost of the provision of these workshops is fully provided for in the project budget. Travel and accommodation for participants is provided when required. 

An additional allowance of $1500 per participant is allocated for individually tailored training. This amount must cover any individual travel and accommodation expenses in addition to training expenses, but can be supplemented by the participant. Appropriate opportunities will be identified and negotiated between the potter and the Potters: Produce Project Manager on an individual basis.  These funds can be allocated in any of the following ways:

Individual workshops attended within Tasmania or interstate.

One-on-one mentoring sessions with established practitioners, in person or by telephone/skype.

Short, apprentice-type arrangements with mentors.

Existing online course enrolments e.g. NAVA Online Courses

Phase Two - Professional Practice (May – Sept 2018)

The training period will be followed by a Professional Practice phase, where each Potter will be paired with a food industry client for/with whom they will develop a product, or small range of products.  Potters will be supplied with an allowance for materials and firing expenses and will be paid a fee for their time during this phase. 

This phase, and the project, will culminate in a celebratory function where the pots will be the stars of the show.

To accept a position in this project you will be asked to commit to the following:

You will attend all group training sessions.  This may require you to travel to other areas of the state for a few days at a time. 

You will attend/complete all individual training opportunities arranged for you.  If you experience any difficulties in doing so you will communicate this to the Project Manager in a timely manner.

You will contribute a minimum of 80 hours of work during the Professional Development phase (for which you will be paid $3200/$40 per hour). It is expected that you will need to contribute an equivalent amount of unpaid time during this phase. 

You will produce a small run (minimum 50) of the product(s) developed with your food industry client. The client will retain ownership of these products once the Potters: Produce Project is complete.

You give permission for images of yourself and your work to be used to publicize and promote the Potters: Produce Project and TACTT2019.

You undertake to share the benefit of your training with other Tasmanian Potters.

To apply please send a one page CV, a maximum of six images and up to 500 words addressing the following:

Timeliness – Why is this the right opportunity for you right now?

Aspirations – What is your career plan? What have you done to date that has been successful? What are the things that hold you back?

The bigger picture – What might you be able to make of this opportunity to benefit yourself and others?

To be considered for a position in this project applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate the following:

You can produce vessel forms using one or more techniques, have a basic understanding of clay and glaze composition, are able to fire a kiln independently, and a have passion to learn more.

You have a demonstrated commitment to professional practice in ceramics.

You have an established studio facility (incl. kiln) or have ongoing reliable access to one.

You have been a resident of Tasmania for a minimum of 6 months or are committed to long term residency.

Enquiries and applications should be directed to the Potters: Produce Project Manager, Serena Rosevear. 

Applications close at 11pm November 24, 2017 and should be emailed to:

serena.r@australianceramicstriennale.com.au

Ph:0418 391 724