This week, as part of my duties as vice president of standards for the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, I chaired a Master Artisan jury session – a formidable event for jurors and candidates alike. (For details on this, visit https://www.pacrafts.org/our-guild/master-status) It brought back memories of my experience on the applicant side of the equation.
How long had it been since I looked at the work that earned me Master status? How would those pieces look to me now, after all those years? I’ll admit, I was a little more than nervous, but I hung the works together and stepped back.
Damn. While they are not representative of my current work, they are part of me. They still speak to that place I was when I created them.
I am humbled and honored to chair this year’s Master Artisan jury sessions. Remembering what it feels like to take the test helps make better teachers. I will not forget.