View Poll Results: Where did you get your skills?

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  • Self Taught only

    29 37.18%
  • Self taught and the odd short course

    30 38.46%
  • Series of longer courses but no qualification

    5 6.41%
  • FE qualification (A Level, OND etc)

    0 0%
  • HE qualification (HND, Degree etc)

    4 5.13%
  • Apprenticeship

    5 6.41%
  • Self Taught then Qualification

    0 0%
  • Self Taught then Apprenticeship

    1 1.28%
  • Natural talent from birth

    2 2.56%
  • something else (please say)

    2 2.56%
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Thread: self taught, apprenticed, night school or degree trained?

  1. #1
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    Default self taught, apprenticed, night school or degree trained?

    I was struck by some of the 'hello' threads that a lot of us seem to be self taught. I'm avoiding real work at the moment so thought I would divert myself with a fun poll. Well hopefully fun poll.

    I just thought it would be interesting to see where folks learned their skills.

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    I am currently only self taught, but hope to get some more formal training under my belt next year.

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    Im currently only self taught and SO wish I could take a course as I see so much amazing work from the professionals which is way, way beyond what I can achieve, but just don't have the time
    One day hopefully.

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    adult education evening class at college of FE, self taught and kinda apprenticeship arrangement for last3-4 years from a master jeweller......the latter has brought my work on leaps and bounds (in terms of mastering skills, understanding techniques/ design possibilities & finish)....wasn't sure which button to tick Medusa!!!!!

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    I've said self taught and the odd short course. It's not entirely true as I did 2 years of evening classes in the first place.

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    Self taught but about to start evening classes
    Barry the Flying Silversmith👍

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    I clicked self taught but of course that is strictly speaking not true.
    No one is self taught, shown by the very fact that everyone on this site learns from others here as well.
    Take enamel painting, which is what I am teaching myself the skill of.
    But I have learned the tricks and methodology from other artists, web sites, books and videos.
    All of those help me to increase my skill, but I learn from others.
    Self taught is a more romantic term though.

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    I served a near 6 year apprenticeship as a goldsmith, started at the age of 15 and finished on my 21st birthday. I was lucky to work at a major company that had most skills of the trade covered, so I learned many skills by watching and experimenting.
    I did not attend any colleges during my apprenticeship although most of the other apprentices at where I worked did, so I have no official college qualifications or paperwork.
    The only qualifications I have are these; I am a Freeman of the Most Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, gained through service, a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.

    James

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    Self taught and odd course for now - hoping to expand this to longer courses!

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    I am amazed at your "self taught" enameling Hans, I am currently teaching myself enameling but with far less success as seen in your pieces...who have you been watching / reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Meevis View Post
    I clicked self taught but of course that is strictly speaking not true.
    No one is self taught, shown by the very fact that everyone on this site learns from others here as well.
    Take enamel painting, which is what I am teaching myself the skill of.
    But I have learned the tricks and methodology from other artists, web sites, books and videos.
    All of those help me to increase my skill, but I learn from others.
    Self taught is a more romantic term though.
    Poor old Les

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