Why did you decide to apply for an MA?
I felt that the work that I was doing as a jeweller was getting quite repetitive, and I realised that if I stayed where I was it was likely to follow the same sort of pattern for years to come. I wanted to do something that would broaden my perspective, and help me to build an international network.
Why did you decide to study at the RCA?
I knew some people that had studied here, and I had met some of the tutors on the course during an exchange programme that the RCA Jewellery & Metal course were running at my University in Pforzheim. I was also keen on the fact that the RCA is based in London. I had been living in a small town for a number of years, and was ready for a change of pace. There were good Master's programmes in Germany that I could have applied for, but they were all based in small cities that were very similar to the one that I studied in.
What were you doing before you started studying at the RCA?
I studied jewellery in Pforzheim, Germany, and following that I worked in the jewellery industry for almost three years. I was employed part-time within an established studio, and I also ran my own business.
What is the mixture of students like on the course?
I think that I’m in the minority on this course, in the sense that I come from a jewellery background. Many of the students have a fine art background rather than applied arts – although I think that that is one of the really positive things about this course. It’s also very mixed in terms of nationality, which is great.
Has your work changed or developed while you have been at the RCA?
I hope so! I think I’ve definitely broadened my work, conceptually. At the moment I’m spending most of my time in the workshops, trying to get to grips with a new technique.
What have you found most rewarding about your time at the RCA?
I think that I have most enjoyed the time that I have spent in the workshops. The facilities here, and the technicians, have really helped me to take my work in a new direction.
Have you faced any particular challenges while you have been here?
I think that compared to other courses, the workload on the Jewellery & Metal Programme at the RCA is quite reasonable, but one thing that I have found challenging is balancing my part-time work alongside my studies. There was definitely a period of adjustment, but now I've worked out the balance.
Do you know what you intend to do after you graduate?
That’s not completely formulated yet, but I know that I’d like to stay on in London for a while and to find a company to work for – hopefully doing work that is more diverse than I was doing previously!