Belger Glass Annex – Studio Assistant (Kansas City, MO)

Belger Glass Annex Studio Assistant

This position is responsible for assisting with Belger Glass Annex (BGA) classes, assisting residents participating in community engagement events and activities, and general upkeep of the Belger Glass Annex. 25 to 30 hours per week January 10, 2022 Commensurate with experience

Duties and Responsibilities:
● Assist with intro and intermediate level glass blowing classes
● Assist resident artists
● Participate in community events that promote Belger Arts
● Assist with group activities
● Serve as a primary glass blowing assistant
● Assist with the maintenance, building and rebuilding of BGA equipment
● Assist with live, in-person glass blowing demonstrations
● Studio maintenance and cleaning

Job Requirements:
● Available to work evenings and weekends
● Ability to assist in the hotshot
● Ability to assist in minimal production
● Willingness and ability to learn new skills
● Comfortable working in an active, public setting
● Confidence doing live, in-person demonstrations, narrating the glass process, and giving
tours of the BGA.
● Able to work with people who have no glass blowing experience
● Reliable, punctual, and respectful to people and studio equipment
● Daily cleaning and organizational skills, including routinely minding the basics of
cleaning tools, sweeping, and keeping equipment organized
● Work well on a team and independently
● Self-motivated

Job Qualifications:
● Minimum of one year of experience working in a hot shop.
● Ability to lift 50 pounds and physically able to blow glass throughout the workday
● Attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple tasks
● High school diploma or GED

About the Belger Glass Annex (BGA): The BGA is the first public glass blowing studio in Kansas City of its scale and scope. With a focus on education and community building, the new Glass Annex is located near Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine District. Belger Arts is known for its contemporary art exhibitions, ceramics studios and related educational programming. The addition of the Glass Annex creates a unique opportunity for the cross pollination of ideas and materials across multiple art mediums. The BGA is not a production studio, but an instructional facility, focused on providing a learning environment for people interested in trying glass for the first time or growing their existing glass skills. We want to make glass accessible to all and to grow a greater appreciation of the artform in Kansas City.

The BGA Assistant will be able to sell work in the gallery, use equipment and materials the studio offers, and rent BGA space to make work at a discounted rate. The BGA will host nationally recognized artists throughout the year, and the BGA Assistant will be on the team assisting them. Promotion of the BGA Assistant’s work via Belger Arts’ social media is also a possibility.
This is a chance to be a part of an organization from the ground up. We want people who are excited by this, who are motivated to shape and be part of an organization, lead it on a successful path, and grow a great glass community in a city that loves the arts.