My internship for six weeks of this summer began this past Tuesday at Master Craftsman Studio. I was required to have an internship in the “public art sphere” for this summer in order to fulfill one of the requirements for my Public Art and Architecture certificate program. The director of MCS, Kenn Von Roenn, had offered the five public art students an internship at the studio this past fall. Kenn offered me a second internship for six weeks this summer and I was happy to accept.A large part of my internship is learning about the business side of public art. By sitting in on meetings, listening to proposals, and seeing these large scale public art projects begin from the very start I see the real life application of the courses that I have been taking for the past two semesters. I also am able to work in the studio with small tasks that the fabricators might need an extra hand with. My first day on the job I helped them apply dichroic film to cut glass pieces that would eventually be assembled into a giant rose window sculpture for another university.
My short-term goals for this internship would be to learn more about glasswork. MCS does a lot of work with glass, a medium I am entirely unfamiliar with, and I would like to learn more about the process of creating art with glass. I also want to be in the studio as much as possible, and I would like to get my hands on as many projects as possible so that I can learn a little about everything. My long-term goals would be to eventually find employment through MCS. Kenn has connections across the country and abroad, and hopefully one day I would be able to be recommended by him for a future position.
While my internship has just begun, I have already learned a few things. I have learned about dichroic film and application techniques, as I previously stated. On the same project we noticed that some of the slots for the glass panels had been cut wrong and everything we had previously measured would be off by a few inches, which taught me to always double check other people’s work. By listening to Sarah, the office manager, talk on the phone with clients, I learned that there are an incredible amount of small details that go into every single project and it is important to have a dependable team working together. In truth, that is probably the most important thing that I have learned thus far. If a group of people can work together, and work together well, then that is half the battle.