Thanks all for the replies Re: porosity. Very useful, can’t believe
I hadn’t written in before. This encourages me to ask another
question, related to the topic of guidance. I’ve been carving wax
for casting under my own direction for a little over two years. My
website is listed below. I have recieved a few bits of feedback here
and there to encourage me along, however now that I have a suitable
workshop space, a decent stock of tooling, etc., I ask myself: Is
this the right approach? Am I missing valuable by going
out on a limb without the feedback of any jeweler besides the books
that I have on hand?
The books have been enormously useful, and I have long been the sort
that does better with my hands than in a classroom. I feel that my
skills and designs are approaching a level where increased
commitment is due. I currently work with wax in a sculpture foundry,
where I have similar work but technically unrelated mentoring that
does not translate to the small scale. My requests, not knowing about
the industry standards:
As an individual interested in becoming a designer, rather than
running a retail shop, and most interested in creative wax carving,
and not having much in the way of financial resources, what is the
best avenue to expand my horizons?
Is it normal for someone at my level to seek apprenticeship? If so,
what would I be doing? Does anyone know any designers in the LA area
that would be suitable? Is my own work at risk of being ‘absorbed’ if
I take such a gig at another workshop? Would it be better to approach
a school and try to take a class at a time? At present, I have time
and facilities of my own to devote practice.
Any guidance would be appreciated.