Confessions of an Intern

First and foremost, something you need to know about me…I have zero artistic ability. I tried to play piano when I was younger for two whole years and cannot remember a single thing from all those lessons. If you count stick figures and doodling on lecture notes as drawing…then yeah sure I can draw. I dabble in photography, but really Instagram does all the work for me. That being said, you now can get a better understanding of how frustrating it is to show up to work and be surrounded by creative artists who make beautiful things everyday.

I’m Elliot, and I’m the PR intern at Stanton Glass Studio. I’ve been working here for a little over a month now and have learned quite a bit about the process of making works of art from mediums like glass or wood. Can I act on anything I’ve learned? Absolutely not. It’s a little intimidating to stand in a studio filled with an assortment of stained glass, especially since I was the kid who would accidentally send a ball through a neighbor’s window in the cul-de-sac while growing up. Each day as I walk through the show room, I make sure to keep my distance and hold my breath just in case the bad luck from my younger years decides to randomly come back.

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I’m not completely terrified every time I walk through the studio doors. I actually do enjoy showing up to work. The fact that I’m not artistic only enhances my appreciation for the art and the process. This past summer, I spent a month in Europe where I visited more museums than I can remember. It was a wonderful and inspiring experience to witness the timeless works of men like Picasso, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Analyzing their masterpieces, I realized that what made their art great and memorable was not just their technique, but also the stories each piece told. They painted people important to them and events or places significant to the people around them. That’s the same type of work being done right here in Waco, Texas by the team at Stanton Glass Studio. Each piece is exclusively designed for the client, and the team puts their heart into telling your story through their art.

Custom wood and metal door designed and created by Stanton Glass Studio, LLC

As I am responsible for social media, one of my jobs is to gather pictures of pieces we are currently working on and some from previous jobs. This has led to my discovering the fact that several well-known businesses and locations have used Stanton Glass Studio before. One of my favorites is the picturesque green P-shaped door on Austin Avenue, adjacent to the Hippodrome. I don’t know how many times my newsfeed on Facebook or Instagram has blown up with a constant stream of girls and their dates posing in front of said green door.

Luckily, I am not alone in my lack of creative abilities. Kristin, the Marketing and Public Relations Specialist helps bring up the average of artistically inept people in the studio (so far, it’s just the two of us). We band together in the office and converse over social media needs, while the skilled artists are downstairs creating masterpieces. The other day, Kristin grew rather brave and decided to try her hand at soldering. It went exactly how you would imagine with the result of Kristin completely burning through the lead. One of the Stantons asked me if I would like to give glassblowing a try. I contemplated it for a brief moment, and in a cloud of bad judgment, said yes.

In case you’re anything like myself and know nothing about glassblowing, here’s a few facts one might deem necessary to know before partaking:

•  Furnaces are hot. Real hot. Like over 2000 degrees hot.

•  Glass is considered the “fourth state of matter,” because it does not have a solid or gas form. If you’re as equally confused as me, that’s normal.

•  Fulgurite Glass is formed when lightning strikes sand and solidifies. (Those scenes from the movie,“Sweet Home Alabama,” finally make sense now)

•  Glass blowing is tedious and time consuming, so if you’re impatient like me it’s not a good mix.

After watching the Stantons work their magic at the furnace, I became intrigued. Sure, I made it sound difficult to do, but with a little bit of help and instruction it can be quite enjoyable… not to mention the end result being a tangible glass bowl/vase/etc. that you yourself created with your own hands (and the help of a miniature volcano of a furnace).

Glassblowing furnace

One would think that just maybe after being immersed in such an artistic setting, I would have picked up on a few things here and there…sadly this remains untrue. However, since my time here started a mere month ago, not only has my appreciation for artistic skill grown, but my awareness of the art involved in everyday life has significantly grown as well. Unfortunately, this newfound appreciation has not granted me a life free from being accident-prone and therefore I must continue to hold my breath and cross my fingers each and every time I walk into the studio.

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