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FSU Art BA '14 Lyrica Peterson Interning with Master Craftsman Studio

Published March 3, 2014

FSU Art BA’14 Lyrica Peterson sheds light on her internship with the Master Craftsman Studio.

I am an intern at the Master Craftsman Studio and so far this internship is the best job I have had. The greatest thing is that every day is different. I never know what I am going to learn or who I am going to encounter. My activities vary from day to day. I start each day with that essential cup of coffee then I work on whatever needs doing for the day. I was lucky; when I started Phil Gleason, the shop manager, assigned me to a new project they were starting. He gave me the parameters of the job and set me free to determine the best way to get it done. Each day I get my cup of coffee, grab my materials, set up in an area that is out of the way and get to work. At the end of the day, I clean up my mess and put my materials away. Currently, I am gluing sticks together to create a Whooping Crane. I will be switching projects in the coming weeks because the project I am working on now has a flexible date, while the other project’s date is non- negotiable. Because we have so many jobs going on right now it makes it easier on everyone: Phil and the other studio workers Chris and Charlie if I try to pay attention to what they are doing and what is going with the other shop projects. That way, if I’m asked to jump to one of the other projects, I at least know what is going on and only need to be brought up to speed on the techniques.
This internship has already taught me the importance of paying attention even if I don’t think it applies to me, continuing to ask questions even if I may have already asked them previously, and giving or asking for help when needed. Most importantly, I’ve learned that if something is taking longer than what seems like a normal amount of time, I trouble shoot the problem with the other employees as they may know a quicker and or easier way.
Although this internship has taught me a great deal already, what I am really looking to learn from this experience is what it really takes to do these jobs from start to finish. Where did these people hear of Master Craftsman or how did they decide to use Master Craftsman? How does Master Craftsman know if they can accomplish the job or not? How do we to price the different jobs, including the materials cost, the knowledge to do each job, shipping or installation, and how to make sure we get paid for the work? In addition to the knowledge and skills I am learning and hope to expand, I’ve also learned that the people I work with make all the difference. Phil, Chris, Charlie, and I know that there is work to be done, but that doesn’t stop us from having fun and laughing while we work.