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Recently a debate has arisen within the dutch goldsmith community as to what makes one a master goldsmith.
Technically, once I finish my study here with a final piece, a master piece as they call it, I would have the right to call myself a master goldsmith. Various guilds of goldsmiths say a master goldsmith must have at least 10 years of experience as well going through a ballotage to prove their level of skill. While all of these have factors have their place, I honestly don't think they are all too relevant in this day and age. You see, way back when a master goldsmith was just that, a forger and solderer of gold, who would, upon finishing their piece hand it to a master polisher who, again, would do just that: polish the piece at a level of mastery. You'd have master setters and master engravers who in their respective fields had achieved the highest proficiency.
In 2019, I need to be much more than that, though. I need to be an adequate goldsmith, polisher, setter, engraver, designer, CAD designer, photographer, web designer, marketing & social media specialist, accountant, and ALSO keep my sanity.
Least of all do we ever consider that these masters of their craft, historically men, could only become what they were because of the invisible women behind them, making sure their laundry, meals and other chores had all been taken care of.
So, in the future, call me goldsmith, master goldsmith, nibmeister, nib specialist, or just adequate at best. I'll always strive to get better, but times are a changin, and contrary to popular belief, language is bound to change with it. *** *** *** *** This piece is my last ever to hand in before my 14 month internship. It is to partake in a competition next year and its grade will count double for my goldsmithing grade this year. It's a hair fork inspired by, as so very often, Fibonacci. Polished and blackened sterling silver and 30+ tiny sapphires.