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Glassblowing Internship

Work trade for Blow Time at Ryan Staub's awesome home studio in Seattle.

Here's the deal, I, Ryan, am in need of someone who is eager to learn and has a good attitude to assist at my studio. In exchange for working you will receive a regular blow slot, weekly, based on your hours worked. My studio is hot most of the time but there are times when it's down. When it's hot you will be asked to work for me 20-40 hours per week, this is negotiable and ideally I'd like to find two people who can work 20-30 hours/week each. When the shop is down or I am out of town, you are off the hook. I travel quite a lot, so there may be work opportunities both around the US and internationally as well. 

What this does include:

  • Blow time when the shop is hot, which is most of the time.
  • Opportunity to do freelance work for other Seattle based artists.
  • Opportunity to learn about many aspects of the glass biz from myself and those I work with. 
    • Glassblowing
    • Studio maintenance
    • Equipment building
    • Glass formulation/chemistry
    • Wiring/electrical work
    • Welding/Metal Fabrication
  • Opportunity to rent the studio at a discounted rate.
  • Opportunity and space to make your own work.
  • Possible opportunities to travel nationally and internationally working on glass projects. 
  • Access to my cold working facilities at a discounted rate.

What this does not include:

  • Use of my studio space (aside from the hot shop as outlined)
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Transportation or any other expenses.

Your Qualifications:

  • A good attitude -- This is by far the most important one.
  • At least 4 years of glassblowing experience in school or 1 year professional experience. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • Reliability
  • At least 18 years old
  • A valid driver's license and good driving record

Extra skills you may have that you should mention if you apply:

  • Glass photography 
  • Photo editing
  • Web stuff
  • Metal fab
  • Cold working

The Studio:

The shop is in a 1000 sqft garage with 11' ceiling and right next to the house. I have built all of my own equipment. I am also planning on building a large glory hole and will definitely need your help with this one. Here's a list of the equipment:

  • 500 lb moly furnace
  • 100lb electric furnace
  • 80 lb wire melter
  • 2 glory holes, one micro hole 8" at the fire ring, 12" deep and one medium hole 18" at the fire ring and 28" deep.
  • Huge garage
  • Pipe warmer
  • 3 round kilns of varying size
  • One 6x3x3' annealer and two 3' cube annealers stacked on top
  • Two benches
  • The best heat shield ever built.

Dirty Details:

In the event that I do not have enough glass related work to keep you busy, I will ask you to do other stuff not related to glass if you want to continue with the work trade. If not, we will put it on hold until business allows me to keep you busy again. Please keep this one in mind, it will happen and it comes with the package. 
Your blow slot includes one hole, one annealer and a reasonable amount of glass. This is not a casting slot.
Your blow slot may be bumped due to various circumstances. 

Your set blow time does not accrue. Use it or lose it. Exceptions will be made if you get bumped or are unable to use your time due to equipment failure, biblical flood, rapture, locusts, plague, hellfire and brimstone, etc. 
If you work for me more than the stated hours, you will be compensated on a 3 to 1 trade basis for shop rental. This time does not expire and can accrue without limit. If you are hard up for money I may be able to pay you minimum wage for additional hours but no promises.

You are responsible for your own transportation, moving expenses and housing, etc.

The term of the internship is 6 months. We can discuss continuation on a case by case basis.

You will be able to work for other people on your own time but working for me must be first priority.

To apply, send the following:

  • Your resume/CV and images of some of your work.  
  • If there is video of you blowing glass, please include it or make it available through vimeo or some such website.  
  • A less-than-one-page letter of interest, including your qualifications and information on your background.
  • Pertinent information on other skills you may have that you think give you an advantage.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Three non-relative references that I can contact.
Email is my preferred contact method:

Reply to this post via email

If you must send a disc, please email asking for my address.

Application will remain open until I find the right person/people.  

Thank you,

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