Glass Blower / Studio Assistant

January 07, 2020

Glass Blower / Studio Assistant

Glassblower/Studio Assitant, Duluth, MN

Mission Statement: We strive to connect people to the process of making glass art.  As an art form that is less mainstream, we believe that exposing the public to this fascinating medium will bring more awareness and generate excitement that will inspire a new generation of glass artists.  We do this through three methods:

  1. Educating the public through live demonstrations occurring daily in our studio.
  2. Connecting people to the artists and their inspiration by utilizing storytelling when showing an artist’s work in our gallery.
  3. Experiencing the awe of working hands-on with molten glass in our daily classes designed for people without prior experience.

We have an onsite gallery and an "open studio" environment so patrons are encouraged to watch the artists while we work.  All Lake Superior Art Glass team members are expected to be professional, personable, and proactive in order to enhance our studio environment, customer experience, and quality of production. 


On an average day, a Glassblower/Studio Assistant will perform any number of responsibilities: Opening/closing the studio, prepping materials, LSAG product production, fulfilling custom orders, and most importantly, teaching classes. A qualified candidate must be a team player, positive communicator, and possess the following qualifications:

  • Intermediate to advanced glassblowing skills and solid knowledge of cold shop techniques
  • Must have an energetic yet calm disposition and ability to put personal problems aside
  • Ideally 2 years of professional hot glass experience outside of school
  • Must be able to produce cups, ornaments, and flutters with ease. Mold-blowing is a plus.
  • Flameshop experience is a plus.
  • Teaching experience
  • Strong work ethic
  • Detail oriented and meticulous
  • Outgoing, positive and friendly personality
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Driven and timely
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Comfortable with public speaking; ability to work and speak in front of large groups of people
  • The ability to problem solve independently and work as part of a team  
  • Ability to represent Lake Superior Art Glass professionally and safely. 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. Minimum
  • Four year degree preferred 
  • Must adhere to policies per Lake Superior Art Glass Employee Handbook


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform a mix of teaching and production art glass pieces
  • Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
  • Safely operate general glassblowing equipment
  • Work as a team player to ensure efficient production, creative thinking, and top quality customer experience
  • Maintain neat, clean, and tidy personal grooming and appearance to LSAG standards
  • Cultivate a safe, clean, and functional work environment
  • 40 hours per week; must be able to work evenings and weekends
  • Sign a "non-compete" clause agreement
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Reports to Lead Gaffer/Studio Manager

Compensation

  • Starting wage is $14/hr (and up depending on ability) with opportunity for growth at semi-annual reviews
  • Up to 4% 401k match after 1 year
  • 5 days Paid Time Off
  • 5 hours/week of personal blow time (to be used primarily outside of business hours)
  • 50% discounted studio rental rate beyond 5 free hours ($45 per hour/50%=$22.50)
  • Ability to sell approved work on consignment in our gallery that sees an average of 500 customers/week. (~300/week during off season. ~1500/week during peak season) 

To apply, please send the following to hotshop@lakesuperiorartglass.com:

  • Letter of interest describing qualifications and previous experience in studio production and teaching (in word or .pdf file format)
  • Resume including names and contact information for three references (in word or .pdf file format)
  • 10 images of personal work (in .jpg or .pdf file format)