Well first let me say that VCU gave me a very comprehensive
foundation for working in metal for which I will be eternally
grateful. I studied there in 1970 as a special student (non
matriculated); I completed all levels of the jewelry studio classes.
I do not hold a degree. To this day I still have contact with the
metals department and the professors.
Did it prepare you for your profession? At that time learning about
the crafts business was not a part of the curriculum but it would be
a great advantage to add that to the program.
What did I like about the program, what didn’t I like about the
program? What was wonderful was the very innovative and experimental
atmosphere. The creative turmoil that was part of everyday life. The
intellectual challenge was great. The visiting artist program brought
in some of the best artist from around the world. I did not like the
fact that universities are big business. The immaturity of some of
the students did not go over well with me especially in regard to
safety and care of the equipment, but I guess that would be a concern
at any school.