Qiang Li, jewellery artist
‘The best advice I had from my tutors was to carefully consider the contexts I present my work within. My Chocolate Box graduate collection comprises different kinds of jewellery, made from a selection materials – but presenting it as a cohesive, confectionery-themed series makes the collection so much clearer and more appealing. It makes sense to people now.’
Camilla Hanney, ceramic artist
'One great tip I've been given is not to wait around for opportunities to coming knocking on your door. Only a select few will establish a career through a serendipitous encounter. Apply for every opportunity of interest, even the ones that seem out of reach. Embrace the inevitable rejections, as it will encourage self-growth and, over time, will help you develop a thick skin.
A tutor once told me that the network of peers and fellow creatives I develop will be my greatest asset and should never be undervalued. This has definitely proven to be true. I feel artists often grapple with moments of self doubt in their practice and, because of this, it’s important to have a community of creatively-minded people to see you through times of uncertainty.'