was: Soft enamel production work
So a question for you. Then, why do you want to get into an MFA
program? You seem to know something of where you want to go, want
to make. why not skip the big program and learn what you need and
go do it? Just thinking out loud. Marianne
Well, that's what I'm doing now, on a part-time basis. J
I take workshops and continuing ed classes fairly regularly, plus go
thru books and videos. Made it to the Enameling Conference at
Arrowmont, where incidentally I got to meet you briefly, admire your
work in person, and go halfsies on a set of enameling pencils with
you (which I still haven't gotten around to trying out.)
I'm learning, but it's slow going doing it part time, after my day
job, family time and civic commitments.
I think I could really benefit from a good MFA program, or several
good mentors in any full time setting, for that matter. I enjoy
teaching as well as making things and an MFA would open the
possibility of a university teaching position. Then again, I'm a bit
long in the tooth for a school to hire me and there are darn few
teaching positions anyway, so that's probably a moot point, but one
can always plan, work for it, and hope for the best.
Plus the idea of learning and working on art full time and hanging
out with other folks doing the same would be an awesome way to spend
Conceptually, the MFA program that's interested me the most has been
at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London.
However, they don't really have a metals based program. L But maybe
they really want to get a byzantine enameling program going, it never
hurts to ask.
seems to have a good program
and is fairly close to me. Close enough to live at home and attend,
but not close enough to take classes during the day and work a day
job, too. They also have a ceramics and wood program, too.
I know some of you would advise, "Follow your dreams, just go for
it." It's good advice. But I have a wife and a mentally handicapped
My daughter can't take care of herself and I don't want her to be a
financial burden on her brother once we're too old to take care of
That means my wife and I have to save for 4 retirements, not just 2.
2 for the 2 of us, plus 1 for our daughter while we're alive, plus
one for her after we're not. I make good money making software and
the loss of that income would make that much harder to pull off.
Unless I win the lottery I'm unlikely to be able to attend full time
until I retire.
Plus, I sure as hell am unwilling to pay $25,000 to $60,000 to be
tortured into putting rusted out derelict car frames on blocks and
pretending it's art. Or to have to write papers for teachers who
don't recognize either of these are jokes:
Thanks for asking,