Nate Saunders

Intern Name: Nate Saunders

Major: Art

Title/Place of Internship: Student Pottery Intern/ St. John's Ceramics Studio

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.?

I have known Richard Breshnahan and the St.John's Pottery Studio since I was in high school but my ceramics Professor, Samuel Johnson, was the one who recommended I intern with them.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?

My primary role in the studio was assisting in day to day operations of the studio. I spent a great deal of time making clay, splitting wood, glazes and slips as well as pack and ship pots.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?

The most beneficial aspect of my experience was learning the methods that the studio uses to be sustainable as a studio. These are things that are not common practice in the ceramics world yet the skills I learned I will be able to use throughout my career.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced at your internship?

The most interesting experiences I had while working at the pottery studio was getting to meet the variety of visitors that come to the studio. From artists who come to work, monks, Bishops, chefs etc. it was always an engaging experience. 

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?

Learning about, processing and formulating ceramic material from local clay and natural ashes are something that I will be able to use in my own studio practice for the rest of my artistic career.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?

I would say to reach out to the studio as well as Samuel Johnson. Also go to the studio some day for tea, it is a great way to get to know everyone at the studio and every csbsju student should do it at least once.

(February 2019)