Hello! I have been lurking on this list for quite a while now
and have learned a great deal, thanks everyone for all of the
great After all this lurking I finally have a
question for the list. Is there anyone on this list in Europe or
perhaps was recently trained in Europe? I am considering possibly
going to Europe to apprentice to become a full fledged jeweler
and am in need of some Presently I make jewelry for
the fun of it, having made a few rings and bracelets as well as
some earings out of brass and silver, but I would like to make
jewelry into a career once I am finished school. I have done a
good deal of looking at both university art programs and the
possibility of apprenticing in North America. But for reasons of
my own, the art schools do not work out very well for me and I
have been unable to locate anyone who takes on apprentices (does
anyone know of a Jeweler in North America who would be interested
in taking on an apprentice?). Therefore I am turning to Europe as
a possibility, short of going it on my own by trial and error. I
have a number of questions so I am going to list them in point
How does the Apprenticeship system work in Europe, is the
training in cooperation with secondary education institutions,
are you paid a wage during your apprenticeship or is the work in
trade for training?
Where are the main Jewelry focal points in Europe, more
specificly in France, Switzerland and Germany, I am particularly
interested in France?
How does one get an apprenticeship with a Jeweler in Europe,
are apprenticeships advertized or do you just go knocking on
doors with your portfolio in hand?
If apprenticeships are advertized, what time of year do they
usually come open?
What is the deciding factor from the Mentors perspective when
choosing an apprentice, is a portfolio expected?
If a portfolio is expected, what should it contain, sample
jewelry pieces, works in other artistic disiplines?
How much, if any previous training in Jewelry and metals is
expected when you go to apprentice?
How are Visas and the like arranged while you are
apprenticing, are you on a student or visitor visa or do you
actually have to get a working visa?
Any help on the above questions would be greatly appreciated.
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