Graduation, Job, Studio, Is There a Recommended Direction?

Life Flower Pin by Harriete Estel Berman

Considering the time of year,
 this question from Eva, a student at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA, seems very timely. She asks:
"Do you suggest that we find a job after graduation or set up our own studio directly?"


Life Flower Pin by Harriete Estel BermanOf course, there are always unusual circumstances, but I think getting a job related to your field of study gives you great experience that will ultimately channel into your art or craft. I use the term "related to your field of study" quite loosely.

Anything 
that is remotely connected to your interests and skills seems better than an unrelated job.


Photo of Harriete Estel Berman from 1977
Here I am sitting at a "kitchen table"
as my work bench. This grainy black &
white photo was from a 1977 newspaper

article  from The Charleston Gazette
Photo Credit: Lou Raines 

After my graduation, I supported myself for years
 doing jewelry repair.  Then I had a job for about 8 years working for a plating firm repairing anything that came in the door from sugar bowls and creamers to elevator rails.
The experiences increased my skills and confidence. I learned problem solving, metalsmithing skills, a hands-on exposure to diverse metalworking assemblies and fabrications from the past 200 years . . .  AND access to a very wide range of professional tools, equipment, and plating processes. 
With those well honed skills, I still do silver repair part time.




ANDY wARHOL SHOE

You'll be in good company.  Andy Warhol worked in advertising.  James Rosenquist painted billboards. Consider the profound influence that their work experiences had on their artwork. 
ROSENQUIST billboard
                                                     James Rosenquist and his mother  in 1954 standing below a billboard he
                                                                       painted. The Red Shoe illustration by Andy Warhol.


Harriete working in the studio 2007ng in the I'd also recommend setting up a studio space immediately, even if it is in the other half of your bedroom or in your living/dining room.  Get your studio up and running, no matter how modest. Avoid burdening yourself with debt and expenses. It is more important that you start working with less tools and more creativity to keep ideas fresh and your mind immersed in creative expression.  If you need larger or specialized equipment, take a class at a local community college or rent time at a studio space near you. Check out the
Tech Shop for an amazing resource.

In summary, try to get a job related to your degree, even if it doesn't pay much in the beginning.  The experience will help you learn so much along the way. You might even be able to use their tools or equipment.


Also keep working in your home studio every day.
 Even if you don't have all the tools or equipment that you had in school. there are always alternate solutions.  Use your most creative tool, your mind.


                                                    Harriete

Views: 59

Tags: after graduation, ask Harriete, crafthaus, experience after art school, graduation, harriete estel berman, job

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"At the Bench Video Project – Silver Sail Pendant Part One Soldering is one of the hardest techniques to master and a technique that takes a while to perfect.It is nice to be able to make jewellery that does not involve any soldering. Being…"
22 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"'Make your Mark' 2015 Confirmed We have some exciting news…after the great success of our first ever Mark your Mark student open-day in 2014; this year we are holding a second event in 2015 over two days! This FREE event will be…"
22 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Valuation Days, Goldsmiths' Hall These popular valuation events offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation with our expert valuer whilst your pieces are professionally appraised. You will also receive a comprehensive portfolio of…"
22 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Getting Started Programme 2015 Getting Started is an intensive, free week-long business development programme held at the Goldsmiths’ Centre for those who have graduated from a certified UK Precious Metal course in the last five years. The…"
22 hours ago
Teresa F Faris joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Co:Operation GARNISH

Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
yesterday
Jennifer Merchant added 2 discussions to the group SNAG
yesterday
Ruudt Peters posted a video

GROUND NOW workshop with Ruudt Peters

Why Ground Now? Informational video about Ruudt Peter's upcoming Summer workshop. More info: http://crafthaus.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ruudt-peters-ground-now-workshop
yesterday
Barbara N McFadyen is now a member of crafthaus
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"There is a new Government Scheme introduced to support students currently completing their undergraduate degree having paid the new £9k undergraduate fee. Next year’s graduates will be able to apply for the new postgraduate loan scheme…"
yesterday
Jennifer Merchant commented on Brigitte Martin's group SNAG
"2015 Call for Nominations and Candidacy   The 2015 SNAG Election will determine three (3) members of the Board of Directors, and one (1) member of the Nominations & Elections Committee.   The deadline for candidates to be added to the…"
Friday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post
Thursday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"BOUNDARIES We cordially invited to participation inhttp://www.silver.legnica.pl/en/?Competitions:BOUNDARIES 24th International Legnica Jewellery Competition BOUNDARIES in the frame of Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2015Deadline for sending…"
Thursday

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service