the best thing you could do before grad school is work in a busy
trade repair and manufacturing shop. Trust me, it’ll be the best
education you could have as a metal smith. There is something new
every day.You really can’t believe some of the stuff that gets
thrown at you. You’ll be amazed at how many “old tricks” you can pick
up from old timers. You have to learn fast and be quick on your feet.
You’ll get paid. And best of all. After working in a trade shop,
when it’s time to go on to grad school, you’ll really,really enjoy
the luxury of enough time to really make something wonderful.
Have fun and make lots of great art.