and which classes you have taken you felt were the most
beneficial, where were they, who was the instructor, etc.?
Hi Beth: Best class I ever took was a cold forging class at Austin
Community College. The instructor was a very talented graduate
student. I learned so much about using my hammers correctly, working
with very heavy gauges of metal, making tools, and chasing and
repoussee (which were a plus addition to the cold forging class).
The next most beneficial class was a stone setting class that I did
in a one on one setting - spent a whole week with a very talented
stone setter in Marble Falls, Tx. Being the only student (which was
not originally intended), I benefitted most from my mistakes which,
with no one else around, were very obvious. However, making mistakes
and learning either how to correct them, avoid them, or accept that
they are not correctable, gives you a confidence nothing else can. It
definitely frees you to get on with creating.
An additional benefit from any class comes from learning how
instructors “think” as they design, fabricate, problem solve…
Understanding someone else’s processes helps me to refine mine.
Obviously everyone’s best classes are going to be different because
we all have different goals. But I can honestly say I’ve never taken
a class that I felt was a waste. There is always something to be
learned if you just keep your eyes and ears open.