========[ Invite a Friend - http://www.ganoksin.com/invite.htm ]========
Peter: I was the original poser of this question, and at my age I no
longerhave enough years to become a master at silversmithing.
Regardless, I treasure the work of gifted jewelers.
> From you and other Orchid contributors, I agree one key is time
> spent at the bench. I also feel art training is helpful, although
> many smiths are successfully self-taught or mentored.
One additional thing I believe is that a master in our field
possesses two other traits: they are able to innovate and they have
genius in them.
I was a design reporter for a number of years and had the pleasure
of speaking to some of the world's best in the fields of
architecture, ceramics, interior design and industrial design. They
were wonderful folks who enjoyed sharing their ideas and they helped
me to form my own goals and objectives as a silversmith. But skill
is skill, and dedication to a life's work is vital. From my
perspective, masters really earn this title from their peers (or
fans) -- and thank goodness they are available to inspire us to
exceed our own puny talents. They make life fun for the rest of us.
By the way, I noticed the expression "can of worms" is easily
abbreviated as "c.o.w."
Betsy Kahn Lehndorff