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Larisa Cladakis Experiments with New Materials Interning at Master Craftsman Studios

Published December 2, 2019

from FSU Art BA ’21 Larisa Cladakis:

On my first day at Master Craftsman Studios I worked on a lathe and within that week assisted in making and casting molds, all of which were firsts for me. It was excitingly hands on from the start which only increased throughout the semester. I was informed of the internship opportunity at Master Craftsman this past summer while enrolled in Digital and 3D Foundations. Because of these classes, I initially applied with a desire to learn of the transition between 2D design and fabrication, but throughout the semester I gained a stronger fascination in experimenting with materials new to me (particularly glass). My interest in experimenting with materials coincided smoothly with how the studio functions, because they create a large variety of pieces rather than focusing on any one medium. I had the opportunity to attend various meetings, which provided me insight into the business of art making. These included an in house production meeting, a meeting about contract and bid sheet writing, and a meeting with architects and a construction manager discussing a piece’s installation and lighting. The internship at Master Craftsman studio is special because you get to work with multiple people, all of whom have diverse professional backgrounds, which aren’t limited to art. This diversity enhances the abilities and guidance that everyone at the studio has and teaches. Many intern positions assist in executing the mission of a business or organization but while at Master Craftsman I was treated as more than just an extra pair of hands. Educating students is in their mission statement and it shows through their generosity and willingness to help, even regarding our personal art. Kevin Curry shared the Master Craftsman internship opportunity with this past summer’s digital foundations class, and I am so grateful that he did. I have since learned far more than I could have ever imagined possible when I submitted my application.