Honestly, when I graduated college many years ago, I didn’t think I’d go back to school later in life and wind up doing metalsmithing and making jewelry. As a history major, I had several friends who were interested in art history, and one of them pursued graduate studies in the ancient Korean art. I still remember her saying how ancient artifacts, they were mostly created in metal, made her feel wonderful just by looking at them.
According to scholars, ancient Koreans knew how to cast bronze into weapons as early as the 10th century BC. I was blessed enough to grow up in a culture where metalwork was accessible in everyday life. My family owned brass bowls and silver utensils with enameled decoration until they were replaced with stainless steel material for convenience. As a custom, a new-born baby on her/his first birthday receives pure gold rings with prints individually weighed about 0.12 troy ounce from relatives and family friends. Field trip to a museum full of the ancient metal artifacts was a yearly routine for kids while in school.
Looking back, as I am now working in metal, I realize how great the influence was. I desire to know where my metalsmithing DNA originates from.