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Ceramics Studio Assistant


Summer Ceramics Studio Assistant (Canada Summer Works Program)
Temporary (8-10 weeks), full-time position
30 hours per week
Start date: As soon as possible

Company Overview:

Mao Projects is a multi-award-winning art and ceramic studio located in Calgary, Canada. We specialize in creating functional and charming ceramic items inspired by the cuteness culture of Asia, designed to bring tranquility to daily rituals. Mao Projects is looking for a passionate and dedicated young individual to join our team. This is a temporary full-time position partially funded by the Canada Summer Jobs 2024 program, ideal for someone with experience in ceramics who can assist with various tasks in our dynamic studio.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Slip casting and hand building of production wares, maintaining our high standards of quality.

  • Assisting with the mixing of glazes and application.

  • Assisting with the loading and unloading of kilns.

  • Maintaining a clean and organized studio space.

  • Packing orders with accuracy, attention to detail, and care.

  • Staging and photographing works for social media and website listings.

  • Performing other related tasks in the studio as assigned.


Mao Projects values a variety of experiences, including academic, non-academic, paid, and volunteer work. For this position, at least one year of ceramics experience is required.

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess the Following Skills:

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment period.

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred.

  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

  • Minimum of one year of experience in ceramics, particularly in hand building; experience in slip casting is an additional asset.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team.

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

  • Strong time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

  • Experience or interest in product photography and styling is preferred, though not required.


Benefits of working for Mao Projects:

  • Flexible hours.

  • Potential to become a permanent position.

  • Competitive wages.

  • The delightful company of two studio cats. :)

To apply:

• a resume

• a website/social media link to your work OR a small PDF portfolio of your ceramic work)


please email Mao Projects at 
Applications must be submitted no later than May 1st, 2024​. Late applications will not be reviewed.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working at Mao Projects, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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