Plimoth Plantation, Inc.

PO Box 1620
Plymouth, MA 02362
www.plimoth.org
shaverstock@plimoth.org

Date Posted:
August 09, 2018

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Full-Time

Potter

Description:

POSITION SUMMARY

The Potter is one of the principal guest-facing artisans demonstrating in the Craft Center. The Potter’s primary responsibility is the demonstration of 17th-century pottery-making while effectively interpreting to Museum guests the history and significance of trades in England. The Potter also supplies the Museum’s Craft Center Shop with pottery for retail sale and the Colonial Interpretation Department with reproductions for use in the 17th-Century English Village, aboardMayflower II,and on the Wampanoag Homesite, and by museum programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Disseminate appropriate historical information to museum guests in a personable, informative, conversational style of third-person interpretation while demonstrating wheel-thrown pottery-making.

  • Working from 17th-century original objects, written records, and pictorial information, throw, glaze, decorate (as needed), and assist in firing reproduction pieces for use in the Museum’s exhibits and programs, for retail sale in the Craft Center Shop, and for wholesale accounts.

  • Maintain supplies necessary for daily demonstrations and pottery production; keep records of production and spending.

  • Research primary source material (written and pictorial) on Plymouth Colony history, 16th- and 17th-century English and European potters and pottery, with a particular emphasis on the tools, practices, and techniques used by English and Dutch potters during this period.

  • Teach participatory workshops and/or lead interactive programs in partnership with the Education and Public Programs department, as assigned by the Manager of Crafts, Trades, and Domestic Skills.

  • Serve as a valuable professional resource in specialized areas that serve Plimoth Plantation, the museum field, and the wider range of interested individuals and organizations.

  • Pursue professional and program development by conducting appropriate research, consulting with experts and peers, and preparing documentation for internal or external publications.

  • Provide a friendly and welcoming presence for all guests and coworkers throughout the Museum.

  • Support the Museum's mission, vision, core values and customer service philosophy.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

  • High School diploma or equivalent; Associate’s Degree preferred.

  • Experience in wheel throwing, glazing, and decorative techniques.

  • Experience working with the public.

  • Interest in 17th-century European crafts and trades.

  • Interest in and appreciation for 17th-century English, Native American, and European history.


How To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to: Human Resources at hr@plimoth.org
Apply by:
August 31, 2018
About this Organization:
One of America’s foremost living history museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Plimoth Plantation hosts more than 350,000 visitors from around the world each year. Plimoth offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Indigenous People of southeastern Massachusetts and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. In addition to its most famous exhibits, historically accurate recreations of a 1627 English Village, the Mayflower II, and a Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill, the museum offers an array of year-round educational programs.