Good enough?

269 Words - Posted on 17th October 2018

Making it…

Here at Rowden, we have a pair of facing walls in our rec space covered, and I mean covered, with images of student work. If you go to our website, you’ll find a gallery of student work too. Check it out here. Pretty much without exception, all of these pieces were designed and made by students on the one year Designer Maker course. Pretty much without exception, these pieces are extraordinarily well made, and great designs to boot.

The quality of the work that you see is quite overwhelming. It is sometimes hard to believe that these student pieces were made by mortals. By ordinary folk who hadn’t already mastered art, form, design, CAD and of course elemental woodworking beforehand.

No experience necessary

Sometimes a student arrives with some skill. Maybe they already know how to use CAD. Perhaps they are a hobbyist joiner or did a bit of art at school. But more often than not they don’t. I can tell you for a fact that none of them come with a complete package of skills. I can also tell you that this work represents what every single student who arrives at Rowden should expect to be able to do by the time they leave, regardless of background or skillset. 

And that is pretty amazing!

So Rowden is genuinely open to all-comers, and Rowden is set up to take everyone and mould them into awesome designer makers. 

All we ask is that you come with the desire to succeed, the patience to learn, and the energy to crack on! 

Until next time,

Lakshmi

Lakshmi Bhaskaran

Lakshmi Bhaskaran

Writer at Rowden Atelier
Lakshmi Bhaskaran studied at the Rowden Atelier in 2008, following on from a successful career as a design writer and author. It was at Rowden that she met her husband and business partner, Jonathan Walter. The pair set up Bark Furniture in 2010 and now run a successful furniture business, based in Cornwall, with clients all around the world. Lakshmi has written for renowned publications like Wallpaper, and has authored five books in the design area.
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