Their eyes were so fixed on the end product of their students;
instead of what they really were learning
There’s no reason to make this personal, so I won’t. I have no doubt
that the author of the quote had a bad experience for whatever
reason. Revere Academy justs keeps chugging along without any need
for me to defend them, too. Too bad all around, can’t please
On a larger scale of schools in general, though, I catch a thread of
a prevalent thing in this. Lately, I wrote about another topic where
I said, “It’s tough, and I’m not going to hold your hand…” I see
many people here who want to make what they want to make, and what
they know how to make. On your own, it is human nature to take the
easy way out - to do what you know, or (the latest buzz-phrase) to go
for the low-hanging fruit.
The value of a place like Revere and others is that they WON’T teach
you what you want to know, they’ll teach you what you NEED to know.
“File these rings - I said file these rings, I didn’t ask you if you
like it…” Any school (of any subject, really) that’s worth it’s
salt is going to push you harder than you imagined and make you work
your fingers into nubs.
I know I would. It’s their job to know more about everything in
jewelry than you do, and pack as much of it as possible into your
brain and hands as quickly as possible, and yes, it’s hard work and
yes, you have to keep up. So many people have no conception of what
it takes to be at another level of jewelry making…