If many of you regular Orchidians are reading the names of Stephanie
Morton, Judy Pottins and now, Erin Mac. They all have one thing in
common....which is! They are all graduating students of George Brown
College here in Toronto, Canada in the Jewellery Arts course.
Stephanie and Judy are and were past students of mine...:>)
Just had another young-minded gemmologist visit me at my office/shop
today, his name is Ken Byron who is a very youthful 70 yrs young. My
"youngest" student. I'm trying to get him on "Orchid". Not only did
he take my Gem Setting 1, he is now going to enrol in "Gem Setting
2". Some of my "mature" students schlepp far and wide from many areas
of Ontario...such as Niagara-On-The-Lake (90 miles away), London (120
miles) and near Hamilton (60 miles also). Every Thursday evening they
arrive on time. For what are their reasons? To watch, listen, learn,
understand and above want to familiarise themselves with the most
difficult aspect of this trade, namely, Diamond & Stone Setting. I
have seen Ken, for instance, nearly give up on the third night doing
some of my home projects, he now setting C-Z's in my sterling silver
patterns with greater ease. I told him a part of learning is to
experience frustration, and he sure did!
Judy is my fav. student, ask her many four legged patients...D of
V.M. All of my many students of my many semesters come from a varied
walks of life, all with one goal, that is to learn this wonderful
discipline of ours. I am just their facilitator.
My "Tilley" hat off to you all....:>)
Gerry, the Cyber-Setter !