Rick.....Agree 100%!!! Any work you intend to display or sell
reflects who you are and your culture (of lack thereof). Anyone who
is a professional should look at it that way.
On the other hand, I suggest this view need to be tempered with
reality. As a teacher, I deal with 'perfection' all the time. I have
found that students can become quickly disillusioned if they cannot
reach an expected (or anticipated) level of perfection. So, as a
realist, I tell them, "That is good enough for now, move on". On the
other side of the coin, a previous teacher at our school demanded
perfection from the very beginning. Obviously, students who have
little or no skill could not meet her demands and, after some trial
and tribulations, they left the jewelry dept for other disciplines.
I find a measured skill growth a better approach. Perhaps your
friend never learned that as his knowledge base grew, so should his
skill and attention to detail. This is very important when working
with new 'jewelers'. I tell them, "This is not well done, but don't
dwell on it.....learn and do it better the next time". Result, many
of my longer term students are now inspecting my work always looking
for a flaw!!
After all, I think it was Winston Churchill who once said, "The
secret to success is going from failure to fairlure without losing
Sorry if I'm a bit off-thread.
Cheers from Don in SOFL