I’ve had a lot of life changes lately.
Two months ago I was in Barnesville, Georgia, USA- not sure whether I would be taking a job in Macon, Georgia at a jewelry store or whether I would be moving to Birmingham, England to start a masters course in Jewelry and Silversmithing.
Two months down the road, I’m in England.
Graduate school has gotten off to a good start. With a population of 1 million, Birmingham is by far the largest city I’ve ever lived in, and adjusting to living in a new country and a large city has taken a bit of time, but I’m learning my way around and am really enjoying my new life. Birmingham city has a whole section of town called the Jewellery Quarter- housing shops relating to every aspect of the jewelry trade: from jeweler’s tool suppliers to engagement ring shops, to groups of jewelry artists working together to make one-of-a-kind pieces to sell. The university where I am getting my Masters in Jewellery and Silversmithing is located in the Jewellery Quarter, and it’s amazing to be a part of this community.
Classes started about 6 weeks ago. Before we arrived we were given a “Summer Project” to do- our assignment was to create a series of objects out of any material, and to be ready to present our objects to the class upon arrival. For this first project, I chose to use crayons to make rings that would color and draw. Here are a few photos of them:
Our first official grad school project was to explore yet another material and see what we could do with it and how we could develop it and use it in future work. I’ve chosen to use Plaster of Paris as my material, and I made this necklace and earrings with the plaster, using imprints of other pieces of jewelry as the images on the pieces:
More project photos can be found on my website, at www.miriamrowe.com
That’s all for tonight. This is only the beginning- there will be posts about the projects I’m working on, the things I’m learning, and there will very likely be amusing stories to relate- through the eyes of an American living in England. More soon :)