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Organic Potter

Date of entry
Updated 3 Apr 2013

Job Title

Organic Potter

A great opportunity for someone with a passion for ceramics (& organic living, as you will be based on an permaculture farm) to  set up a synergistic eco-business & new pottery workshop in a forming EcoVillage


La Palma,

Canary Islands

Job Description

There is a golden opportunity to set up the pottery workshop & art-side of a small collective of complementary eco-businesses which will form the economic back-bone of an EcoVillage in formation.

The business will mainly consist in making & selling all types of clay objects, wherever possible using the locally abundant red terracotta clays.

Person Requirements

This is an ideal job for a very enterprising person (or couple) who has a passion for country ceramics, much personal initiative, an adventurous spirit, a good head for business, loves physical work in the open air & of course would be willing to relocate to a very beautiful location, preferably as member of the forming EcoVillage.

Preferably bilingual in English & Spanish & with Permaculture qualfications plus experience in either setting up a business or running a ceramics workshop or both & very flexible + willing to learn.

As with any start-up business, you will also need some savings in order to start the business, although this would not entail starting from zero as the Association that has been running the farm has already invested considerable resources in all the basic infrastructures, saving you a great deal of time, money, market-research & local traditional as well as the most up-to-date needed knowledge & contacts. 

Single person option can be quite minimalist in terms of investment  (depending on whether they wish to also buy a land-share), and the environment is also well-suited to families, given a larger investment (to buy larger shares of the eco-village that already have houses on them).    

Payment / Compensation...

Most small businesses start up with much voluntary work and some gradually evolve to very profitable.      This one is potentially very profitable especially in terms of a TBL analysis.

Of course exactly how profitable any business becomes and how quickly depends mostly on the personal skills, experience & other inputs from the person/s.   

The outside circumstances for this one are very good (we actively need such a business here in fact, which is why we are advertising this opportunity), and the economic climate although quite uncertain anywhere now, is also most favourable to exactly this kind of initiative.


This is a self-employed start-up business opportunity

working in partnership with other small eco-businesses on site

and supported by the Associación Gaia Tasiri

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please send your CV with introduction email saying

* why you are interested in this opportunity
* how you fit the person specification
* what initial savings & experience you will bring to the project

to  hola (at) 8thLife (dot) org

Contact details

The person who will support you in this work is Stella, the coordinator of the project & sometime potter.

You can contact her via email on  hola (at) 8thLife (dot) org

you are also welcome to phone her for more information on  (0034) 697 590 185

Additional Information

You will be fully responsible for setting up & running the ceramics workshop but able to rely on high-quality support and local expertise in setting up the details, as there are people who have lived on site for over 10yrs you will be able to draw on for expertise & support (we piloted a pottery workshop a few years ago and so know it's viable: a year after stopping we were still getting calls from shops wanting to order)  as well as many local contacts with many more decades of the same.

The EcoVillage aims to be (as well as a community & beautiful & healthy place to live) a small eco-business nursery where synergistic eco-businesses can thrive & grow within a safety-net of mutual help.

The business can be a stand-alone investment or be combined with buying a share of the farm (either immediately or gradually) where it will be based. 

See for EcoVillage information

The previous local experience and work to date of the Association  make this a much lower-risk start-up than any other equivalent effort, but of course all new businesses are risky propositions.

All basic eco-business training will be supplied through the GaiaSis Programme that we run in conjunction with the NodoEspiral of the Permaculture Academy (the first part on-line, then on site) .

For the pottery side, some training can be supplied on site (eg. we know how to extract the local clays, have some experience in making wood-kilns etc.) but you will have experience at least in one of the areas required.

In terms of existing resources, there is place ready for a workshop, about eight 50 litre buckets of various clays fermenting away from time  (had a workshop in a previous farm but been too busy setting up basic infrastructures in the new farm to consider it here), a small electric kiln & electric potter's wheel also (all possibly needing some attention after 5yrs in storage).  

All basic facilities are in place to create a potter's dream workshop (see EcoVillage specs on, especially if you would enjoy building some of the workshop yourself - with help of course.

Thank you for your interest in this job
and for being
an evolutionary butterfly