RiverArts Seeks Clay Studio Manager



RiverArts is seeking a part-time Clay Studio Manager to oversee all operations of the Clay Studio including developing classes and programming, maintaining the studio, supervising volunteers,  and administering the budget.  The Clay Studio is located at 204 High Street in Chestertown. A full job description can be found below.  If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to the Executive Director, andygoddard@chestertownriverarts.org.  Deadline to apply is June 1.

Job Description: RiverArts Clay Studio Manager

Studio Operation

  • Possesses a working knowledge of basic pottery skills and techniques including glazes, and all studio equipment.
  • Maintain a safe working environment in the studio and ensure that all equipment is operational.
  • Research and recommend purchase of new equipment or repairs as needed.
  • Purchase, order and receive clay, glaze, tools and other supplies.
  • Dispose of waste in an environmentally appropriate manner in coordination with volunteers


  • Coordinate planning with RiverArts Executive Director and oversee classes, workshops and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds so that they can explore their creativity with clay and produce clay works.
  • Recruit new instructors for new and ongoing classes and workshops.
  • Plan and coordinate open studios. 


  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers to help with studio tasks and monitors to provide additional, higher-level assistance, specifically monitoring Open Studio.
  • Summarize hours and tasks that volunteers have worked at the studio.

Administration and Reporting

  • Organize, summarize and transfer to the RA Administrative Assistant all monies taken in for open studio, clay purchases and glazing/firing on a weekly basis.
  • Work with Executive Director to provide monthly financial reports and operations summary for RiverArts Board of Directors.
  • Other tasks as needed or requested by RA’s Executive Director.

Selected Benefits

  • RiverArts’ membership.
  • Full access to the Clay Studio, equipment and classes free of charge.
  • Complimentary invitations to RiverArts events and exhibits, waiving all entrance, hanging and annual participation fees (e.g., to sell in the gift shop).
  • Professional development and networking opportunities as a leader in the regional arts community and manager of a significant art studio.