In 2010 I....
● ...refined my sinking skills and sunk 8 bowls.
● ...learned how to raise vessels and raised 6 of them.
● ...learned how to add curves to the walls of raised vessels and completed one, smashed one, and another is still in progress.
● ...refined my chasing and repousse skills and completed a small tray and a bowl with C&R and another bowl is still in the pitch pot. I also made several sample pieces.
● ...learned how to make C&R tools as well as decorative stamps.
● ...learned how to reshape, redress, and make my own hammer(s) from commercial hammers
● ...expanded my knowledge of fold forming.
● ...learned the basics of cuttlefish bone casting.
● ...took 11 different classes some being a group (5), semi-private (3) and private (3).
● ...bought chasing & repousse tool sets, pitch bowl, crimping stake, 3 raising stakes, 2 snarling irons, a ball stake, 17 vintage hammers, 5 new Fretz hammers, 3 new/vintage Dixon hammers, a set of the Fretz miniature raising stakes, mushroom dapping sets, a rolling mill, and 4 NC Black hammers plus other small tools.
● ...bought several dozen books.
● ...wrote 64 blog posts which resulted in 195 comments, thanks every one.
● ...stood up this new website.
● ...hope to made many new friends.
Now For Looking Forward.
This is what I hope to accomplish in 2011..
● ...expand my silversmithing skills. This is not only refining the skills I have, but to add new ones.
● ...develop a curricula which will lead me along a focused path toward my goal.
● ...Sell two of my pieces (more would be nice).
● ...make many more new friends.
Even though I learned and accomplished quite a bit in 2010, I have looked back upon 2010 and realized it was a year of exploration and along the way I think I discovered where I want to go.
Back in 2009, I made the statement that I had found my voice in silversmithing.
During 2010 I tested my voice.
Now, in 2011 I hope to sing!