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I attended the Beal art program from 2000-2004. I specialized in 3D and print. John Krygsman was the 3D teacher at the time and he introduced me to jewellery making. It lead to a college diploma and career as a goldsmith.
When he first taught me how to centrifuge cast he taught me something about ancient civilizations praying to the fire gods. I can’t remember the specific, but I do remember before every casting he would jokingly ask “Kerri were you a good girl this weekend?” followed by “did you pray to the fire gods?”.
I have the first ring I ever made and still frequently wear it. I consider it to be one of the most successful designs I have made. Also before every casting or challenging soldering job I say to myself “Kerri were you good and did you remember to pray to the fire gods”.
I went to BealArt for a year of foundations. For the first few weeks I was terrified of going to classes. I had trouble talking to people and I had trouble expressing myself out of fear of judgement. Thankfully my classmates and teachers recognized the stage I was at in my life. After a while of keeping to myself one of my classmates sat themselves across from me, said hi, and sat in silence. They did this a few times and then invited me to go with a group to some art talks in Toronto. Hearing the stories of other young artists and their fears as well as listening to my classmates talk about their experiences during critiques, encouraged me to open up and accept criticism. My experiences at BealArt also helped me to accept the idea, or fact?, that I am an artist (which is something I still sometimes struggle with). BealArt forced me to put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone. And it also gave me one of my best friends 🙂
Bealart gave me the courage and the support to say “No!” to paths that were being chosen for me and to forge my own way. In the sixteen years I spent in the Thames Valley District School Board, the two years I spent there were the only few that I felt safe, felt respected, felt supported, and felt like I belonged. That time was the only time in my entire school career that my thoughts, my ideas, my feelings, were not only acknowledged, but encouraged. Bealart gave me a freedom that enabled me to grow more than I ever had before in my life.
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