Encouraging new talent
Last week I took part in a series of interviews with graduating craft-based students at Hereford College of Arts. A team of people from across the creative industries spent all day talking individually to around 15 graduating students with their work in their degree show. In particular I talked to nine artist blacksmiths whose work was of an exceedingly high order.
I used to teach Professional Practice at the college for 16 years before retiring to once more concentrate on my own work, so it was great fun to be back and engaging with so many talented and articulate young people. Not only is it good practice for them to talk to professionals from other fields, it is useful to hear other opinions and contrasting views of their work, and while we are generally encouraging, we are not afraid of being supportively critical where necessary, especially when it comes to the business side of things.
It also makes me enthusiastic about getting on with my own production! There are something like 11 new editions this year so far (none of which are yet on this website.