Founded in 2008 by artist Bari Ziperstein, BZIPPY is known for its experimentation and innovation with ceramic furniture, planters, and home accessories. Working tirelessly to develop engineering methods that challenge conventional notions of slab construction, BZIPPY devises creative solutions to both formal designs and technical concerns. The studio also facilitates the production of collectible design and fine-art work.
The setting for this position is within a 4,500 sq ft artist studio in northeast LA that houses the creation, fabrication, and sale of ceramic sculpture. With seven full-time employees, the studio is a business first and an artist studio second - we offer up to 40 hours per week plus a full benefits package that includes company-subsidized health benefits. In mid-September, the studio is moving to a 9,000 sq ft studio in Sun Valley / Burbank area with a brand new facility.
BEAUTY & CRAFTSMANSHIP: Beautifully crafted objects are at the center of everything we do at BZIPPY. Our collective love for clay as a material to render beauty keeps us motivated to continuously create meticulously designed, aesthetically pleasing, and unique forms.
INNOVATION: The objects we create aim to push the boundaries of clay processes and challenge conventional engineering methods of slab construction. Innovation is cultivated within both our technical methods and the development of the company.
CLARITY: The studio performs at a high level of professionalism in the interest of providing clarity - both internally and externally. Internally facing, we prioritize clear expectations, systems, and procedures for our team members. Externally, we deliver exceptional products to our clients and offer an approachable, reliable, and personable experience.
OPTIMISTIC ACCOUNTABILITY: We strive to facilitate an open and honest environment to cultivate a space in which our team can invent, learn, evolve, and grow. We embrace challenges and hold ourselves accountable to seek solutions, build confidence, and hold each other up.
WORKERS’ RIGHTS: BZIPPY is built on feminist principles that uphold deep regard for worker's rights. The heart of the company is our team of prefabricators, fabricators, kiln & glaze techs, fulfillment associates, and administrators; we prioritize their rights, needs, boundaries, ad labor as the foundation of the works we create.
FULL-TIME CLAY PREFABRICATION TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE
Bari Ziperstein Studio is looking for a full-time Technical Prefabricator seeking full-time hours, with the skills and abilities to work in a small but growing studio environment. The Technical Prefabricator must have a high level of working knowledge of the best practices for clay processes including rolling slabs, extruding, and mold forming in order to assist with the fabrication of high-quality, large slab-constructed ceramics.
The studio is recruiting an individual with prior clay and studio experience. A prefabricator that is seeking full-time hours, has the skills and abilities to work in a small but growing studio environment assisting the Creative Director to transform artistic ideas into sold collectible design and fine art objects and is seeking an opportunity to become a key member of a growing business.
Applicants must have 2-3 years of slab construction experience - especially focused on the methods and equipment used to create parts for large-scale slab-built ceramics. This includes the slab roller, hump molds, and the extruder. Wheel throwing and coil building skills are not transferable for this studio’s construction methods.
PART-TIME / TEMPORARY CLAY FABRICATION ASSOCIATE OF SMALLS
Bari Ziperstein Studio is looking for a part-time Studio Fabricator of Smalls seeking part-time hours, with the skills and abilities to work in a small but growing studio environment. The contract for this position is temporary; November, 2021 - March, 2022 with an option to renew. The Studio Fabricator of Smalls must have a high level of working knowledge of best practices for slab-built ceramics in order to assist with the fabrication of high-quality, tabletop-scale slab-constructed ceramics.
The studio is recruiting an individual with 2-3 years of prior clay and studio experience with the skills and abilities to work in a small but growing studio environment on a part-time basis from November, 2021 until March, 2022 with the option to renew their contract and grow within the company. This role is specific to the production of small tabletop units from the studio's production catalog.
Applicants must have at least 2-3 years of hard slab construction experience on a small scale. Wheel throwing and coil building skills are not transferable for this studio’s construction methods - joined thrown works are considered.
FINISHING PAINTING TECHNICIAN / GLAZE ROOM ASSOCIATE
Bari Ziperstein Studio is looking for a full-time Finishing Painting Technician / Glaze Room Associate seeking full-time hours, with the skills and abilities to work in a small but growing studio environment. The Finishing Painting Technician / Glaze Room Associatemust have a high level of working knowledge of the best practices for finishing painting in order to handle the quality control of high-quality, handmade, large ceramics and have an interest in ceramic firing and glazes in order to assist the Kiln & Glaze Lead with day-to-day operations.
The studio is recruiting an individual with prior art and studio experience to execute quality control tasks including epoxying, faux painting, and finish matching ceramic objects as well as assisting in the Kilns & Glazes department with daily maintenance and operations. No prior clay knowledge is required for this role, but an interest in glazes and firing is preferred. The company is a small but growing studio environment working with the Creative Director to transform artistic ideas into sold collectible design and fine art objects.