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Estefanie Moreno's Fall 2011 Internship Experience with FSU's Master Craftsman

Published December 20, 2011

To work in an art studio, interns are allowed to participate in commissioned projects with different materials. A lot of the projects are commissioned by FSU, so I was happy to be a part of making the new spirit drum and sculpting the homecoming statues. I was welcome to use new, different machinery and materials in the studio. The professional workers helped along the way of any project, whether it was personal or for the studio. I developed stronger organizational skills, time management, and work behavior ethics.

I enjoyed not only the art aspect of working here, but also the opportunity to see what a studio is really like–how they survive financially and how long customers really give for projects to be completed. I learned the difference between how hard I work for personal projects versus paid ones, and what attitude to practice in everything I do. I was introduced to mold making, plaster, glass, and wood work. All along, I continued to practice painting, sculpting, and drawing.

Because it is a real business, deadlines come randomly. When the studio is given a project, we work on it until it is complete. There are many volunteers and everyone helps each other in a productive work environment. Deadlines have taught me how to manage stressed co-workers and how to keep a respectful position. You are required to be there on time, complete your hours, and clean up after yourself. Your priorities are pleasing the studio’s necessities, whether it be cleaning or finishing their work. When they don’t have projects due, you can work on your own pieces and the workers are always willing to give you insight and advice on the best ways to manipulate the process.