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Three photographs (left to right): wooden cloud shape pendant / wooden ring with pearl /  feather shaped pendant with metal inlay

Student Stories: Tereza Kupcikova and Jewellery with Wood

Written by Hamish Chohan
Published date 29 October 2019

Tereza Kupcikova had been planning on taking a short course at Central Saint Martins (CSM) for two years before she finally decided to go for it. Picking Jewellery with Wood, the course offered Tereza the chance to learn new techniques, work with in-house machinery and tools in order to expand her portfolio. Tereza said of the course...

“CSM is a very inspirational place. I felt like I was back at school but with much better “play” time and with no exams.”

Tereza Kupcikova

Q. Where are you from and what's your favourite thing about it?

A. I am from the Czech Republic, specifically Prague, but I live in London. In both capital cities I found something really similar - everything is easy to get to by walking, you can discover lots of small secret places and there are lots of old decorated houses and nice places around the main rivers. As well as things that are not similar - modern buildings with respect to older styles, bigger pallets of colour and more parks.

Q. What short course did you to study on at CSM, and what was your journey to the course?

A. I attended the Jewellery with Wood short course, taught by Sarah King. I first came across the course two years ago, but finally found the perfect time for me to come and experience it in person.

Q. What did you enjoy most about your short course?

A. What I enjoyed most on the course was being taught new techniques, working with high quality equipment and machinery, as well as being shown how to correctly handle materials. It really expanded my horizons to the new possibilities of what I can achieve. CSM is a very inspirational place. I felt like I was back at school but with much better “play” time and with no exams.

Q. How has your short course benefited your career, education and/or personal development? What are you going to do next with your new skills?

A. Jewellery with Wood has really had an impact on me and I will be using examples of my work, from the course, towards building my portfolio in application to university.

I will also continue to practice and develop on the skills I learned,. I already have a list of friends who are looking forward to receiving jewellery inspired by and made during the course.

Jewellery with Wood

Q. What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at CSM?

A. CSM is a fun place to learn in and it’s so inspiring! They have great technology available to use, experienced teachers who can help you develop better skills and gain self-confidence. Attending a course allows you to see for yourself if it’s a place you want to study at full-time.

Q. What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist/creative, in any discipline?

A. I believe it is important to look around yourself and take inspiration for your work. We spend too much time on electronic devices, hoping to find inspiration there, but I see it everywhere around us already - it’s in the architecture, in nature, people, museums and even when we’re travelling. Sometimes, if it’s a nice day, I just sit on a bench in a park and watch the people passing around me - I look at what they’re wearing or how they behave. I like to be curious, if I’m taking a bus somewhere (sometimes my journey is undecided), I sit on the top deck and research what’s on top of the buildings around me. We should look around us more because you never know what you may find.

Q. What three words best describe your CSM Short Course experience?

A. ...

  • Glad... that I learnt so much on my course and now know more about what I want to do next
  • Thankful... that Central Saint Martins had a course which I was looking for, and taught by such an inspiring teacher (Sarah King)
  • Happy... that I finally decided to attend this course - I can’t wait to do another one

Jewellery with Wood is taught by Sarah King and returns next Summer School, we have places available to book today. We are also incredibly excited to announce that Sarah has a brand new book coming out this November! Creating Jewellery in Wood explores jewellery design beyond metal and teaches jewellers woodworking skills through a series of 24 projects and step-by-step technique guides, enabling them to discover how the material can open up new and exciting possibilities - keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with Sarah, to hear more from our amazing jewellery tutor.