About 4 1/2 years ago, I had an idea. The idea was to get out of my
basement, have a nice bench with some basic tools, have a little
gallery and teach some classes on the side. I wrote to the
Orchidians asking for help on a name. And many of you chimed in and
helped me pick the name Metalwerx. My then partner and I opened up
Metalwerx in 450 sq ft of space. Our first brochure was 4 pages,
photocopied and sent to everyone from a local guild address list and
from SNAG. We offered 4 classes. One beginning class, one
Intermediate and two workshops. One of the workshops didn’t run, but
we were off and running. Somebody on Orchid said “isn’t that going
to be hard to balance? I mean making your own work, dealing with
customers and teaching”? You bet! But we wouldn’t have learned any
Metalwerx is now 4 1/2 years old. My partner left last summer to
pursue her own path of metalsmithing and to take care of two VERY
ACTIVE adorable boys. The studio has grown exponentially and I am
constantly finding ways to add more equipment and develop incredible
workshops. Jesse Grassi is my admin assistant, always there with a
smile and who works long hours. She is the person who answers the
phone and I couldn’t do it without her. There are others, Christine
Quiriy who designs and maintains our excellent website, Lorrie
LeJeune who designs our brochures and ad copy. Maggie Curtin will be
there at the booth with me in Tucson so be sure to say hello. She
has been one of my studiomates from the beginning and who urged me to
return to the Gem Show.
Now every couple of months, I keep hearing of new schools/community
studios cropping up. Metals Edge Studio in Scottsdale is a new
school/community studio which is just about ready to secure space.
There is buzz about another in Colorado one possibly in Montana. If
you are thinking about opening one yourself, all I can say is just
do it! Every day I go to my bench and think, “I love my day job”.
I thank everyone on Orchid who has been so supportive over the years.
I just keep putting the energy out and I get it back tenfold.
Hopefully in about a week or so, I will have some amazing news to
Most of all, I thank Hanuman for this incredible forum. His
dedication is one that I admire and aspire.
M E T A L W E R X
10 Walnut St.
Woburn, MA 01801
Accredited Jewelry Instruction