Email Us – or – CALL (757) 664-6200

The Glass Studio Assistantship Program

Assistants at work. Or play.

The Studio Assistantship is an educational opportunity designed for emerging artists who have recently completed an undergraduate degree program in glass, or who are pursuing a professional career working in glass. This program provides practical, professional studio experience in a museum setting. Studio Assistants contribute to the Studio's operations by assisting with public glass demonstrations, public and college classes, maintenance, AV and special events for up to 20 hours a week for the duration of the term. Studio Assistants are in the public eye and are part of the community face of the Museum; it is a requirement that Assistants have strong language and interpersonal skills and be willing and eager to be a positive contributing member of the team. Significant glassblowing experience is a requirement.

NEW! Traveling Assistant Position goes to recent MFA graduate.
During each session, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio accepts one Traveling Assistant. In the fall of 2015 this position will be awarded to a recent MFA graduate. The Museum provides a free apartment for this Assistant during the duration of their Assistantship. The Traveler typically comes from further afar to participate in this certificate program. The Traveler has additional responsibility and is expected to have more glass and studio practice experience. The Museum is not able to sponsor or facilitate visas. Please note in your letter of interest if you are applying specifically for this position.

The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is now accepting applications for the FALL 2015 (August 15 2015- January 15 2016) Studio Assistantship term.

ALL applications are due by midnight on July 10, 2015

The Assistantship is an unpaid residency, personal studio space is not provided.

Each Studio assistant is assigned the following weekly responsibilities:

  1. One dedicated day to support the studio programming (8 hours)
  2. Monday morning meetings and cleanup (4 hours)
  3. TA one Partner class (approximately six hours per week)
  4. One noon demo per week to operate the video cameras (1 hour)

In exchange for their dedication and time, Assistants are provided the following:

  1. Weekly Monday mentored professional development workshops (see detailed curriculum outlined below)
  2. FREE technical skill sessions that address different topics. Each session is driven by assistant interests including pate de verre, stained glass, neon, flameworking, decals, and blowing.
  3. Studio Access from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week (with some additional evening hours). Public hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  4. Two hours a week of personal hotshop time (and assist their partner for two hours)
  5. Full access to the cold shop free of charge during Studio open hours
  6. Kiln access is restricted to space availability (small kiln is free, there's a fee for the larger ones)
  7. Gallery space to mount a solo exhibit
  8. Awarded half scholarships to staff-taught classes
  9. Participate commission free in the Studio's quarterly sales
  10. FREE Museum Member benefits
  11. One of the more unique aspects of the program is the opportunity to work with world-recognized masters in our Visiting Artist Series, Guest Instructor classes, and innovative Third Thursday evening performances.

Weekly professional development workshops address the following:

  1. Behind the scenes look into museum career with tours of the Museum collection, conservation, storage, and Jean Outland Chrysler research library.
  2. Research the Chrysler Museum collection, and design/propose a project in response.
  3. Writing workshops including bios, artist statement, resume and museums proposal development/review
  4. Artist documentation and image archiving practices
  5. Business cards, website development, newsletter
  6. Public speaking seminar
  7. Basic artist business practices—invoicing, pricing, accounting, taxes
  8. Best application practices, and the applying for three different artistic opportunities

2015- 2017 Assistantship Sessions:

  • SUMMER SESSION June 15-Aug. 15, 2015
  • FALL SEMESTER Aug. 15-Jan. 15, 2016
    Transition to six-month Assistantship sessions in 2017
  • SPRING SEMESTER Jan. 15, 2016- July 15, 2016
  • FALL SEMESTER July 15, 2016-Jan.15, 2017

Orientation: If selected, there is a week-long orientation process. Fall orientation dates are Aug. 10-16, and the assistantship officially begins on Aug. 16th.

Applicants should submit the following electronically:

  1. A letter of interest outlining studio experience and personal goals for the program
  2. Current resume
  3. Up to five images of their work, or a link to their online portfolio
  4. List of three references with contact information

Please do not exceed 10 MB in combined email attachment size or send data in multiple emails.

Email all materials to Charlotte Potter, Glass Studio Programming Director, at

(Email subject line should read Studio Assistantship Application)

Previously accepted Assistants may reapply and, if selected, work up to three sessions. After the year term is complete, they officially graduate from the program and cannot continue to volunteer at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.