The Craft Apprentice Program allowed me to connect with a local community of artisans while furthering my skills and learning directly from a professional. I was able to explore and refine, have a little bit of financial flexibility and truly realize how inspiring it is to be pursuing craft in Maine.
– Cara Taggersell, CAP ’17 Apprentice (glass)
It was such a surprise and exciting honor to be chosen for this apprenticeship. It provided an element of healthy pressure in my creative process; a great occasion to rise to. When I first heard that we had been awarded the apprenticeship it was as if fate came alone and said “”I’m going to give you this opportunity, now prove that you deserve it””. I’m grateful to have been given this opportunity, and I am looking forward to being a part of the Maine community of artists and crafters for years to come.
-Carel Shonerd, CAP ’17 Apprentice (glass)
It was a great honor to be chosen by MCA & MAC for the program. It gave us a framework to try out a more structured apprenticeship mentor model. Ultimately it is very important to us to be able to include other artists in our studio and in our practice and we will use this experience to form various versions and models of this going forward. This program is a unique and amazing opportunity for a crafts person to spend substantial one on one time with a master developing their own independent work and skill sets. Whereas most apprentices pick up skills by shadowing the master in order to learn their process, this program provides access to a master as teacher and consultant. I think it is utterly unique allowing an apprentice to develop their own work based on what the master has to offer in skill, experience and studio facilities.
– Terrill Waldman, of Tandem Glass CAP ’17 Master (pair with Charlie Jenkins) (glass)
As an educator in Machine Knitting Techniques and Advanced Knitted Fabrics at both MECA and RISD, I feel stronger than ever. Equally, as a designer and maker, I feel I developed a much stronger process for myself, and renewed my excitement for my practice in a way that I had hoped would happen. I am extremely grateful for having had this opportunity. It has really made all the difference in getting back into the studio, and into developing new work.
– Anne Emlein, CAP ’16 Master (machine knitting)
This experience has helped me to open many doors in my creative practice. I truly feel it has helped me to solidify a constant making schedule, whether I am knitting, sewing or building something I feel hungry to continue to make. And this will of course help to carry me to further opportunities as a craft artist, individually and within my community.
– A. Rosie Allard, CAP ’16 Apprentice (machine knitting)
The Craft Apprentice Program a welcome addition to my teaching and mentoring history. I am particularly pleased that MCA and MAC have been able to partner in this new grant program. The pleasure of working with James and the culmination of the program with an exhibition and gathering Lewiston reaffirms my belief that it is very important to share my love, skill and insight !
– Douglas E. Wilson, CAP ’16 Master (blacksmithing)
I think that I refined some important hard skills and technique for my future success as a craft artist, and developed a portfolio which will help me secure additional apprentice and journeyman opportunities. Not to mention the legitimacy of having participated in the program itself, and the continuing resources MCA provides.
– James Crawford, CAP ’16 Apprentice (blacksmithing)
Participation in CAP has inspired me to revisit my old sketch book. It has reminded me how short life is, and how important it is to make your own dreams come true. When you spend seven months encouraging a young person to do just that, at some point you scratch your head and say “ oh yeah” that IS a good idea!! To think of myself as a master of my craft has been a new concept, one that fills me with pride and a drive to share my experiences in other teaching opportunities as my career continues to unfold.
– Linda Perrin, CAP ’16 Master (glass blowing)
The the knowledge and skills I learned and connections I made during CAP went beyond my expectations. I consider this experience successful in part because I was able to really immerse myself in the glass and think critically and actively about my goals. I have learned invaluable skills to add to my repertoire, learned more about glass history and various artists that have influenced the craft, listened to other glassblowers discuss their work and processes, and made connections with other artists all over the state. I’ve come to the end of this apprenticeship feeling extremely proud of myself, grateful to have learned from such a talented glassblower and teacher whom I consider a dear friend. Seven months ago, being a professional glassblower seemed impossible, and now I truly feel like becoming a professional artisan is actually an attainable goal for me.
– Jacqueline Jensen, CAP ’16 Apprentice (glass blowing)