Ayumi Horie Seeks New Pottery Ceramics Assistant- POSITION FILLED


Who Should Apply

Ayumi Horie seeks an assistant who will work 1-3 days a week in Portland, Maine. The applicant should be curious, a hard worker, direct communicator, self-motivated, be able to hustle, and be detail oriented. Caring about quality is a must.  Applicants with academic degrees outside of the fine arts are encouraged. Experience in 3D modeling and mold-making would be a plus, but not necessary.  The relationship between potter and assistant is an intimate one and needs to be the right fit personality-wise.  A sense of humor and ability to learn from mistakes with humility are important and a positive, can-do attitude with a big helping of honest opinions is ideal. Ayumi has had many different assistants with a variety of skill sets and can meet people where they’re at.

Time and Timing

1-3 days of work a week with flexible daytime hours. No studio space or lodging is provided, and pay depends on experience. Ayumi values her quiet work time and finds that having space apart makes for a better relationship for both parties. There are studio spaces in town that can be rented. Flexible start date in early September, 2019, with a one month trial period to make sure it’s a good fit. One-year commitment. Having a car is highly recommended, but not necessary as the studio is on a bus route ten minutes from downtown Portland.


Responsibilities include all aspects of studio maintenance- preparing clay (applicant should be able to occasionally wedge 20 pound of clay), production using a RAM press, glazing, mixing slips and glazes, decaling, loading and unloading kilns, photography and videography, data entry, packing and shipping, data entry, research and writing copy. If you have 3D modeling and mold making skills, we’d be utilizing these as well. If you don’t know some of these things, it’s alright as long as you’re a fast learner and detail-oriented.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll be part of all aspects of the making process from start to finish and learn how a small business operates. The assistant may also be working on multiple side projects. Ayumi is very open about all aspects of marketing strategy. Depending on your interest, work could extend farther into social media and online presence.