donderdag 4 september 2014

Start Jewellery Department

First and second year class
Thursday the 4th of september at 12am was the start of the new school year at the Jewellery Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Today I met all my 6 classmates and it was nice to meet each other.
First of all we started building up the department, by placing all the furniture and everybody could choose a working table. On the moment the furniture was installed, it felt like a game of musical chairs, because everybody was sitting as soon as possible at their favorite place!
My own working space!

Second and third year class
Presentation room "the aquarium"
Our department is quit small, at the entrance there is on left side a working place with all the machines and tools and downstairs a silversmithing room. In the middle of the department there is a room for presentations and group discussions, what we call the aquarium (because of all the class windows!). On the left and right side we have the working space for the first, second and third year students.

Metal workshop
Fire place and enamel ovens

Very old polish machine, heritage of the department!

A spiral staircase leads to the small silversmithing workshop, all the tools are available and the sound proof wall keep the department out of noise!
Fume cupboard and kitchen
Later on in the afternoon we were introduced to the head of the department Rutger Emmelkamp and all the teachers who he selected for this school year. Together we had a aperitif with some drinks and food. The first year students will get lessons from Rutger Emmelkamp (development of the main theme), Pieter Elbers (technical class), Jantje Fleischhut (material research), Ellert Haitjema (personal talks) and Clare Butcher (reading and writing class).

Every two weeks I have class from Rutger and together we will develop our own projects based on the main theme of the year. Once a week we have technical class from Pieter and he is teaching everything about metal. Since I'm already graduated as a professional gold- and silversmith I could chose to skip this lessons, but I like to keep practicing this techniques! Within every assignment I can find something to challenge myself. The lessons from Jantje are following the technical class from Pieter. The only difference is that we will work in all kind of new materials, except of metal.
Ellert will be present for personal talks about the development our own projects and he will look for qualities which are maybe not fitting in the assignments, but worth it for further investigation.
Last but not least Clare, who is presenting a reading and writing class in the morning. In the afternoon there is time for together visiting interesting exhibitions in the city.

The main theme of this year is CAM-OU-FLAGE and Rutger gave us an introduction into this topic. There are so many ways how you can see this theme. He presented some books as inspiration. Because camouflage is also linked to a pattern, our first assignment was to cover a hole wall with our own pattern.
After all the introduction talks I felt happy that I'm a part of a new interesting and inspiring year at the jewellery department!!

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