EMPLOYMENT Opportunities

Touchstone Center for Crafts currently has no open positions:

Volunteering

With over 100 workshops per season delivered on over 150 woodland acres, Touchstone is always looking for an extra hand (or ten) to help out. If you have the time, expertise, and willingness to become a Touchstone volunteer, please fill out the highlighted application form below and submit with your resume or CV. Volunteer activities usually revolve around cleaning, landscaping, and construction, but we’re always willing to learn what your volunteering interests are and try and match them with substantive organizational priorities. For questions about volunteering and/or work study, contact Stefanie Glover, Touchstone's operations manager, at sglover@touchstonecrafts.org.

Touchstone Volunteer/Intern/Work-Study Application Form

ASSISTANTSHIPS & RESIDENCIES                                                                        Applications are now closed. 2018 applications will be accepted beginning in January 2018. 

Studio Fellow                                        

Touchstone has two, 10-week Studio Fellow positions open for the 2017 season, from May through September. These positions are integral to the operation of Touchstone’s Studios and will have responsibilities to ensure excellent studio operations.  Studio Fellows are responsible to oversee all designated studio operations and personnel. Studio Fellows will ensure that each studio's workshops and other special programming are executed in an efficient, enjoyable, and safe manner for students.

Studio Fellow Benefits:

  • Networking with renowned instructors
  • An opportunity to develop professionally, artistically, and further their creative careers 
  • Develop managerial and customer service skills
  • Provided with shared housing and reduced cost meal plan when the dining hall is open
  • Studio access during off time (materials not provided) 
  • Bi-weekly stipend

 Studio Fellow Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent studio experience required.
  • Must possess knowledge of studio and medium processes, materials, tools, and equipment; should have a strong working understanding of the studio environment they wish to support.
  • Ability to solve a range of unique technical problems with creative solutions
  • Ability to be self-directed, responsible, and reliable.  Must be able to work independently and with others. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to address issues diplomatically

Studio Fellow Duties

  • Follow direction of Operations Manager and Instructor
  • Oversee all studio operations including ordering material, inventory, maintenance, and set-up
  • Oversee studio technicians and studio assistants and help with workshop prep and clean-up
  • Assist visiting instructors and students to ensure that each person receives and outstanding experience
  • Monitor some evening open studio hours
  • Assist with special events when needed
  • Act as a representative of Touchstone Center for Crafts

 To Apply: If you are interested in participating for the 2017 season, please submit a PDF application of the materials outlined below to Stefanie Glover, Operations Manager, at sglover@touchstonecrafts.org.

  • Letter of interest and intent (two-page maximum)
  • Three images (jpeg 330 dpi) of artwork
  • Three letters of recommendation (These may be sent separately.)
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae   

 

Studio Technician                                    

Touchstone affords the chance for motivated, creative individuals to serve as studio technicians for the 2017 season from May through September.  The Studio Technicians oversee and help to carry out daily operations of a designated studio(s), including inventory, and maintenance, repair and replacement of all tools, equipment and consumables. The main goal of the program is to ensure that each studio's workshops and other special programming are executed in an efficient, enjoyable, and safe manner for students. Positions are available in ceramics, metals & jewelry, and glass.

Studio Technician Benefits:

  • Networking with renowned instructors,
  • An opportunity to develop professionally, artistically, and further their creative careers 
  • Develop by spending time facilitating programming at Touchstone
  • Provided with shared housing and reduced cost meal plan when the dining hall is open
  • Studio access during off time (materials not provided) 
  • Bi-weekly stipend

Studio Technician Qualifications:

  • Must have experience working within a professional, commercial, and/or educational studio; past experience facilitating workshops and/or leading technical demonstrations is desirable. 
  • Must possess knowledge of studio and medium processes, materials, tools, and equipment; should have a strong working understanding of the studio environment they wish to support.
  • Ability to solve a range of unique technical problems with creative solutions
  • Ability to be self-directed, responsible, and reliable
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills needed to work on a team and within a community setting.

Studio Technician Duties

  • Follow direction of Studio Fellow and Instructor
  • Follow all safety procedures related to each studio
  • Perform maintenance of studio and studio equipment under guidance of Studio Manager
  • Assist with ordering, receiving, inventorying, tracking and updating of workshop materials
  • Provide assistance in answering general studio questions for students and instructors
  • Assist with change-over duties
  • Must possess the ability to move heavy items such as supplies and equipment with assistance.

To Apply: If you are interested in participating for the 2017 season, please submit a PDF application of the materials outlined below to Stefanie Glover, Operations Manager, at sglover@touchstonecrafts.org.

  • Letter of interest and intent (two-page maximum)
  • Three images (jpeg 330 dpi) of artwork
  • Three letters of recommendation (These may be sent separately.)
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae   


Studio Assistant Internship

Touchstone affords the chance for motivated, creative individuals to serve as studio assistants for the 2017 season for up to six weeks from May through September.  The Studio Assistants work under the guidance of the Studio Fellows and Technicians to help to carry out daily operations of a designated studio(s). The main goal of the program is to ensure that each studio's workshops and other special programming are executed in an efficient, enjoyable, and safe manner for students.  Studio Assistants may be asked to assist with non-studio duties in other areas of campus. Studio Assistants may be assigned to one or more specific studios, but may have responsibilities in all operating studios.  

Two Sessions are available for Studio Assistants – May 22nd to June 30th or July 10th to August 18th.  You may apply for one or both sessions.

Studio Assistant Benefits:

  • Networking with renowned instructors,
  • An opportunity to develop professionally, artistically, and further their creative careers 
  • Provided with shared housing and reduced cost meal plan when the dining hall is open
  • Studio access during off time (materials not provided) 
  • Bi-weekly stipend

Studio Assistant Qualifications:

  • Must have experience working within a professional, commercial, and/or educational studio
  • Must possess basic knowledge of studio and medium processes, materials, tools, and equipment
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to be self-directed, responsible, and reliable
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills needed to work on a team and within a community setting.

Studio Assistant Duties

  • Follow direction of Studio Fellow and Instructor
  • Follow all safety procedures related to each studio
  • Assist with performing maintenance of studio and studio equipment under guidance of Studio Technician
  • Assist with receiving, inventorying, tracking and updating of workshop materials
  • Provide assistance in answering general studio questions for students and instructors
  • Assist with change-over duties
  • Assist in other duties as assigned when studio is not busy
  • Must possess the ability to move heavy items such as supplies and equipment with assistance.

 To Apply: If you are interested in participating for the 2017 season, please submit a PDF application of the materials outlined below to Stefanie Glover, Operations Manager, at sglover@touchstonecrafts.org.

  • Letter of interest and intent (two-page maximum)
  • Three images (jpeg 330 dpi) of artwork
  • Three letters of recommendation (These may be sent separately.)
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae   

 

Artist Residencies at Touchstone (ART) Program

While the SA Program participants are encouraged to make artwork during their personal time on campus, the primary focus of the SA Program is on studio maintenance and the facilitation of workshop programming. In order to create an opportunity where the participants would focus solely on the development of personal work, Touchstone initiated the Artist Residencies at Touchstone (ART) Program. The objective of the ART Program is to provide the time, support, and creative space for emerging and midcareer makers to develop new bodies of work. The hope is that Touchstone creates an invaluable professional development opportunity for makers seeking to change the artistic direction of their career, or reinforce their current efforts. The basic requirements and components of the ART Program are outlined below.

  • The ART Program will accept participants in the following studios: Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Glass, and/or Metals & Jewelry.
  • The ART Program is a one month residency held in May/June and again in August/September 2017, with flexible scheduling of dates. Applicants may apply for both; however, only one month may be awarded.
  • Touchstone provides ART participants with shared housing and meals when the dining hall is open. 
  • Touchstone provides ART participants with 35 hours of studio access per week; materials are not provided.
  • ART participants will provide two to three public demonstrations over the duration of their residency.   
  • ART participants are required to work 15 hours per week in Touchstone's studios, office, and/or grounds/campus.

May/June Residency Applications Due: Friday, March 19, 2017, by 5 p.m. EST

August/September Residency Applications Due: Friday, June 23, 2017, by 5 p.m. EST

 To Apply: If you are interested in participating in the ART Program for the 2017 season, please submit a PDF application of the materials outlined below to Shauna Soom, Executive Director, at ssoom@touchstonecrafts.org.

  • Letter of interest and intent (two-page maximum)
  • Three to five images (jpeg 330 dpi) of artwork
  • Three letters of recommendation (These may be sent separately.)
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae  


Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Rd.
Farmington, PA 15437
T: 724.329.1370
T: 800.721.0177 
F: 724.329.1371

Blaney Lodge


Painting of Touchstone's Naborigama Kiln by Ron Thurston


McIntire Run
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