As an artisan, it’s important to me to continue to grow and develop my skills. And so I work at it and play at it. When I returned from Penland School of Craft this past summer, I knew I wanted to expand the type of jewelry I was making to fully capitalize on what I learned in the class.
In the car on the way back from Penland, I started making a list of those things that if I did them would further cement and expand upon what I learned in the class. When I got home, I typed it up, posted it in a prominent place, and here it is.
Everything on the list is definite and concrete – something that is either done or not done. There is nothing like – improve sawing skills – which you can never really finish because you can always improve. Instead I have something like – cut out the details from one coin.
The bright pink marks are things I’ve completed. Here and there I get pulled by other things a realize I haven’t looked at the list in a while. When I realize it, I go back to the list and check it. Sometimes I see that I’ve completed an item or two while doing other things. Other times, I pick an item and get going.
What I especially like are those things that started out on the list but have now become ingrained in my arsenal of techniques.
Here are some of the things that I still need to do:
- Make four folded, cut, and hammered leaves
- Make two pieces with hinges
- Select a historical piece of jewelry and create a design inspired by it using fragmentation and abstraction
I will get there. I will.