Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Last week I had the enormous honour of attending The Goldsmiths' Company prestigious 'Getting Started' course at Goldsmiths' Hall in London.
The course 'is designed to provide an introduction to the industry and the career opportunities on offer... the varied and interesting programme includes a comprehensive series of talks by prominent and experienced speakers from within the industry, covering topics ranging from jewellery trends to the practicalities of setting up a business and selling one’s own work'.
And indeed it lived up to expectations! The venue was jaw-droppingly gorgeous (see below picture of one of MANY MANY absolutely stunning chandeliers) and the programme was extensive and extremely interesting. I now have a head bursting full of idea's and a 'To Do' list that one lifetime just isn't long enough for (may have to crack on with a Dr Grace cure for that...).
Surprising highlights of the week include the incredible catering (two course lunches, well I never...!) and the utterly divine ladies restroom, which I am gutted not to have taken a photograph of, but was truly palatial and had to be seen to be believed.
But on a more serious note... the culmination of the week was an exhibition of work from myself and the 41 other jewellery & silversmithing graduates in attendance. This was a fantastic opportunity to see everyone elses pieces, get feedback and advice from the selected guests and hand out as many of my beautiful new business cards as possible. Not to mention that the canapes were top notch (Mini baskets of fish and chips complete with chipfork, vinegar and ketchup - quality!).
All in all it was a totally exhausting but brilliant week and I would highly recommend any recent jewellery and silversmithing graduates to apply for next year. Meeting 40 other makers just starting out in their careers was definitely a highlight and I hope we all keep in touch and continue to support each other in our efforts.