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Slipmaking

About Heath

What began as a historic pottery in 1948, has evolved into a collection of businesses anchored in designing and making products, spaces, and experiences of exceptional beauty and uncompromising integrity. We are a manufacturer, led by design and sustainable business practices. We have a very diverse workplace of 200 employees that encompasses manufacturing, retail, design, communications, digital, and administrative functions. Our original Sausalito location houses our dinnerware factory and showroom. Heath San Francisco houses our tile factory, along with a showroom, clay studio and newsstand; our SF Ferry Building location is a small, but mighty, showroom; and Heath LA, a showroom and clay studio. Learn more about our company, at heathceramics.com.

About the Product

We believe in simple, functional, and thoughtfully designed tableware. We start with our original brown and white clay bodies, then form, glaze, trim, and fire each plate, bowl, mug, and serving piece as we always have. We create durable, quality pieces for the table, meant to be enjoyed every day. We design dinnerware lines, shapes, and glaze colors to go together, to be timeless and enduring, and to work as sets or mixed with a collection over time. We take pride in the idea that our pieces interact so seamlessly that it’s often hard to tell what’s old, and what’s new.

Role Summary

The Slipmaker is responsible for making clay filter cakes and casting slip.

Working Relationships

Claymakers, Forming Lead, Forming Process Technician, Dinnerware Production Supervisor, Dinnerware Production Manager

Training Requirement

_ Three months

Essential Role Functions

_ Batching fresh manganese clay according to recipe requirements

_ Batching fresh white clay according to recipe requirements

_ Batching casting slip according to recipe requirements

_ Operating the vibratory screen to sieve the clay

_ Adjusting the rheological properties of the clay body

_ Operating the filter presses

_ Operating the dust collection system

_ Pressure washing the slipmaking area daily

_ Operating displacement pumps to transfer materials

_ Making filter cakes using the filter presses

_ Making casting slip using the slip blungers

_ Batching fresh clay using the mixing blungers

_ Maintaining the proportions between fresh and reclaimed clay

_ Mix, screen, and press dinnerware clay, both white and manganese bodies, based on production needs

_ Batch casting slips, supply slip caster with slip, and recycle casting scrap

_ Adjust and balance casting slip using viscometer and specific gravity cup

_ Collecting scrap clay from around the plant for recycling

General Requirements

_ Forklift certification

_ Superior time management skills

_ Ability to follow strict safety guidelines

_ Work consistently and precisely

_ Desire to work in a plant environment and to be “hands on”

_ Great people skills: must be patient, flexible, and calm

_ Excellent communication skills

_ Excellent attention to detail

_ Ability to enhance a team

_ Ability to follow instructions accurately and in a timely manner

Physical Requirements (heavy)

_ Ability to lift 20- 50 lbs approximately 200 times per day

_ Standing for 90% of the day

_ Other activities, including climbing, balancing, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, repetitive motion, grasping, and feeling.

Visual Acuity Requirements (including color, depth perception, and field vision)

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and inspecting materials; visual inspection involving small defects, small objects, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and visual checks of materials and machinery. The worker will also need visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned and to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.

Qualifications

An ideal candidate has very good attention to detail, works efficiently and is always mindful of quality. MUST follow safety procedures. Must have a positive attitude and foster a team environment. MUST be willing to learn from experienced personnel during a thorough training period. Good communication skills are required.

The ideal candidate will have:

_ Ability to be a self ­starter

_ Forklift certification

_ Demonstrated time management skills

_ Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and written instructions in English consistently and accurately

_ Demonstrated ability to be reliable and punctual

_ Demonstrated ability to enhance a team

_ Proven safety record and respect for safety rules

_ Demonstrated pursuit of quality, improvement and pride in craftsmanship

_ Demonstrated work ethic and respect for the job

_ Willingness to be flexible and accept instruction from team members

Schedule

_ 40 regularly scheduled hours per week, Monday-Friday

_ Overtime may be available and required

_ First shift: 6am-2:30pm, Monday-Friday, or at a time agreed upon by the Raw Materials Supervisor/Ceramic Technician

Benefits

We are committed to your health and well-being. Heath offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes a choice of medical plan, dental, vision and life and works very hard to keep employee costs low for excellent coverage. We do not require an employee contribution for individual premiums, and we pick up a large portion of the costs for dependent coverage. A generous 401k match starts immediately. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan provides an additional retirement benefit linked to the long term performance of our company. We offer a generous time off allocation, paid family leave, and of course a healthy discount on all Heath products.

Compensation

Hourly based on Union Wage Scale

Application Requirements

If you would like to be considered for this position, please send a detailed resume and a brief cover letter that speaks directly to the position.

Heath Ceramics is an equal opportunity employer.  Thank you for your interest!

 

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