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David F. posted a topic in Business, Marketing, and AccountingHow much does one need to produce to call him/herself a "production potter"?
I'm looking to hire someone who can help with producing some of our designs, and even collaborate on future designs we're planning to market. I'm looking for a full time production potter, who can throw fairly well. We're a laid back shop, and this is a salaried position. My question for the forum... Rather questions are as follows: 1. Where is the best place to find full time potters who desire employment? 2. If I want someone with a couple of years worth of experience (1 to 5) what am I looking at in terms of salary? How would this change if I hired someone coming right out of school? 3. If I go for education only, would you suggest I require an MFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics? 4. Do you think an intern might work, who is studying for an MFA or PhD in ceramics? If so, what ceramics programs on the east coast would you suggest I contact? 5. What sort of benefits would a full time potter expect? 6. Your thoughts on hiring two part timers in lieu of hiring a full timer? 7. Specific skills you would suggest I mention in the ad or posting? 8. Do you think I can find someone in the greater Washington DC area, or should I expect to relocate someone? If relocate, would you expect I would have to pay relocation expenses? I've hired folks my entire career, but not in the arts. So, I have no idea what people expect or what is customary in this space. The person will be throwing mostly functional pottery, barware, dinnerware, housewares, and garden wares. One of our lines will include an artistic expression that each potter contributes to, so he/she will be encouraged to work on their own artistic works using our production studio. Thanks! Mike