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Forming Generalist

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

About the Position

Since 1948, we’ve been handcrafting ceramic tableware that is both beautiful to look at and satisfying to hold. Households, museums, and designers worldwide admire our limited-production cups, plates, bowls, and serving pieces, for their simple, timeless beauty and functional everyday use. Among the houseboats and artist studios is our original 1959 factory, where our clay is made, and our dinnerware shapes are formed, glazed, trimmed and fired. 

The Forming Generalist is responsible for forming dinnerware. Depending on the piece, forming will be done using a RAM press, an SKK plate roller, an SKK bowl roller, an old bowl machine, or a mug machine.

Essential Job Functions

_ Organizing finished ware and loading onto carts

_ Inspecting finished ware for quality issues and report problems to the supervisor

_ Operate Ram press machine safely and efficiently

_ Learn each item’s forming and handling requirements

_ Operate forming machines safely and efficiently

_ Learn each item’s forming and handling requirements

_ Loading, unloading, and cleaning mold sets for use

_ Handling and stacking formed clay dinnerware (greenware) carefully

_ Handling and cleaning molds

_ Recognizing shapes, molds, clay bodies, product, SKUs

_ Collecting volume and quality information

_ Recognizing and understanding changes in dryer temperature

_ Fetching clay from the clay room

_ Returning scraps to the slip house

_ General ancillary support for the forming process

_ Operating the mug machine

_ Operating the SKK plate roller and the SKK bowl roller

_ Operating the old bowl machine

General Requirements

_ 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 strict safety guidelines

_ Ability to follow instructions accurately and in a timely manner

Physical Requirements

_ Must be able to lift molds (10-25 lbs.) and load into dryer; up to 1000+ pieces per day

_ Lifting clay (20-30lbs) and transferring it from tables to clay cutter consistently throughout the day

_ Repetitive motion (hand jolly, machines, wrist elbow shoulders)

_ Safely operating a pallet jack to transport molds to and from the forming machine

_ 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.


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.


_ 40 regularly scheduled hours per week, Monday-Friday, 6am-2:30pm. Overtime may be available and required


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.

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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