Vacancy: Studio Assistant (.5 FTE)

Would you like to play a key role in maintaining a ceramics studio that is a welcoming, creative and safe space for all?

Do you like working with people?

Would you like to work with clay?  

The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is seeking to appoint a part-time Studio Assistant to maintain the BCB Studio and provide support to staff, artists and visitors who will use the space.



About us

BCB’s vision: Making change through clay.

Our mission: To develop, sustain and expand innovative ceramics practice and improve lives together with artists and creative communities.  

Our values: Bold, accountable, welcoming, significant, grounded, inclusive, connected and collaborative.



About the Studio Assistant role  

The role of Studio Assistant is ideal for those starting out in their career. If you are friendly, organised, energetic and interested in creativity and clay, then this could be the job for you. There will be lots of opportunities for training and you will be given support to develop your confidence in the role.

You will be joining the team of one of the UK’s leading ceramics organisations, British Ceramics Biennial. You will work closely with the Studio and Community Manager to maintain BCB’s brand-new community ceramics studio, in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. The studio is a clean, inspiring and safe space for participants to work in, and you will be key to maintaining this. 

An enthusiasm for clay and ceramics is a must-have. You may not have a huge amount of experience, but you will be ready to learn new skills as part of the job role, and then to share these with others. You will be organised and interested in environmental sustainability. This is a key priority when maintaining and revising systems to keep the studio running smoothly. You will be a good communicator and have an eye for detail. You will take pleasure in creating a space that functions well for a wide range of users.

Sometimes you will work on a particular task by yourself, at other times you will work with others. You will need to manage your workload and may need to make difficult decisions about what to prioritise.


A typical day may include: 

Opening up – making space safe for visitors  

Cleaning a section of the studio floor   

Opening the studio to visitors  

Supporting an Associate Artist to set up for a workshop 

Welcoming a group 

Packing a kiln  

Talking to workshop participants about their experience – recording comments for evaluation purposes 

Supporting Associate Artist to clear down after a session  

Recycling clay  

Locking up studio 



Breakdown of the role   

Title: Studio Assistant (0.5 FTE)

Reports to: Studio & Community Programme Manager

Salary: £10,920 for 2.5 days per week (equivalent to £21,840 for full-time)

Contract: PAYE Contract

Location: BCB Studio and office, Stoke-on-Trent

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 24 July 2024

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification for full details. The Job Description includes a list of responsibilities. We will provide an induction and ongoing training to give you the skills to complete these tasks. We will refer to the Person Specification when shortlisting and appointing for the role, so it is important to have the qualities listed in mind when applying. These are labelled as essential or desirable, so do not feel that you must fulfil all of these to apply.



Summary terms and conditions  

Annual leave is 35 days per annum pro rata including public holidays (17.5 days per year). The probationary period is six months and the period of notice is two months in writing.  




We are committed to making our recruitment process transparent and accessible. If you have questions or you require the application pack in an alternative format to Word or PDF, please let us know. You can do this by emailing: or by calling 07999 899342.  

Please note that alternative formats are made available upon request to ensure they are suitably tailored to support an applicant’s access requirements.   

BCB will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. You are welcome to discuss your access needs with us at any stage in the application process by emailing 




To apply for this role, please submit the following by 12 noon, Wednesday 24 July 2024:

You are welcome to have an informal conversation about the job or visit our current studio. Please contact our Studio & Community Programme Manager Joanne Mills at to arrange this.  




Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon, 24 July 2024.  

Notification of applicants called to interview: Friday 26 July 2024.  

Interviews (in person): Thursday 1 August 2024.



Equality and Diversity  

We strive to ensure that opportunities to work for BCB are open to all. All job applications are treated equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, relationship status, pregnancy or any other equality characteristic.    

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as being Black, Asian, LGBTQIA+, d/Deaf, disabled, neurodiverse, from a lower socio-economic background or those with long-term health conditions as people from these groups are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector.   

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