Those of us here on this forum, who have been at this craft for many
years know what it takes to succeed.
Students just starting out can only have a very limited idea what
they have to do.
Assuming the course they have been on has equipped then for their
work, ie shown them what tools they need to succeed, and that
includes all the other skills apart from being able to make stuff,
there are 2 things all the interesting replies so far have not
- the ability to think.
Lets look at this a bit closer, If I had these students for a
morning, id show them an E African mixed metal bracelet.
I give them a hammer a file a pair of snips and a couple of pairs of
pliers some iron fence wire and some copper phone line plus a 1/2in
brass clibre cartridge case.
And say copy that.
We would soon see who had any ability to think let alone use these
tools or not. This is a skill than can be developed with regular
struggling of problems.
I often get asked " where did you learn to make your work?" The
answer is “nowhere”. And I add by asking a question back, where did
Mozart of Chopin learn to write their music? Likewise, the answer to
that question has to be “nowhere”, because it came from within
Some people have it, most do not. It will always show in the work,
look at all the great masters from the Rennaisance to the last
century, where craftsmens like Tiffany, Galle, W. Morris with
fabrics, Moucha with art prints, and so on, who all interpreted their
chosen medium in ways that broke new ground.
Plus they had the skills to implement their ideas.
Anyone can sit at a piano and bang the keys and make sound, but to
interpret an etude? How many years of practice does it take? so it
has to be with our jewellry student, its going to be a long hard
journey. Some will make it most do not. All we can do is point them
in the right direction and wish them well.