Although Gallen Benson is a successful jewelry maker with clients around the globe, he starts off by saying, “a lot of times when I finish I piece I can barely stand it. I’m very self-critical of my work.”

Write about a time you were self-critical despite others confirming that your self-doubt was unfounded. What purpose does self-criticism serve? Does it motivate you to improve, or does it bring you down and hold you back? What helps you to get over feelings of self-doubt?

Gallen works in extreme miniature. Make your own tiny sculpture. Try to make it as detailed as possible and use at least three different materials.

Share your finished work with a classmate and discuss: What makes working in miniature so difficult? What are some of the benefits? Is bigger necessarily better?