For the first time, I finally won an award from a prestigious art institution. I won the first scholarship awarded to a beader by the Revere Academy in San Francisco. The Revere Academy is a well known, well respected institute that many a fantastic jewelry artist received training from. These artists work primarily in precious metals and stones. Many are at the forefront of artistry and successful jewelers from all over the country.
|Entrance to the Academy|
|Class of Jewelry Makers|
To say I was honored to grace the steps of what I had long considered to be the holy grail of jewelry schools was an understatement. Me...a lowly beader...amongst such talent and artistry.
I just could not believe it.
I had a difficult time choosing a class. Should I learn new techniques? Perhaps branch out to metal smithing? Or was there something I could learn that would build upon my experiences?
I chose to take "Prepare for Success" by Harriete Estel Berman. The class was a chock full two day intensive on important subjects such as photography, setting up a good booth at shows, pricing, record keeping, getting into galleries and a whole lot more. Do you want a taste of what we learned? CLICK HERE
|Harriete and Me|
Perhaps the most valuable segment for me, was an honest (not quite brutal) critique on my work. Some of the tips and pointers I had already considered, others I had not quite thought of. The whole way home, I could do nothing but think about what I learned. It was a good kick in my creative pants to steer me into the direction I had been looking for. Although, I am still a little uncertain, I certainly have much more of a focus of where I want my work to go.
So, thanks to the Revere Academy, and Harriete Estel Berman, I feel charged and excited about some changes in my personal work that I hope to develop.
The added fun, is being in San Francisco. I love the city. It is simply an amazing place. The restaurants are fabulous, the people are wonderful and colorful. Just like these twins! Aren't they great!??
If the Revere Academy offers a scholarship for beaders again, don't hesitate to apply. The experience is well worth it! Count yourself very fortunate if you win it!