Oooohhhhh…and you thought I wouldn’t write anything about this
one…lol…lol…lol…lol…lol! Let me see…you want to teach,
but you don’t want to teach the best of what you know. Is that like,
uh…" kinda", being married? You want the financial support, the
attention and companionship, but gee… you don’t really want to give
all that much back? The old conundrum…should it be:#1 “how much
can I do for you?” or…#2.“how much am I going to have to do for
you?” Uh…hint hint…if you are teaching, then it should be #1, if
you just want to come in and collect your student’s moolah and
earned disdain, pick the other one.
Dictionary definition of teach:1. To impart knowledge or skill to 2.
To provide knowledge of; instruct in. 3. To cause to learn by example
Ok… I can understand being uncomfortable with students copying
your work. As I found out by having mine do it, the first time is
always the hardest, but you’ll get over it. That is what you signed
up for. Teaching is what you do…I know…I know…it is always
more interesting to have your students copy someone else’s work, and
have you show them how to do it, (that would have been a-ok wouldn’t
it?), (tongue in cheek on that one, in case you thought I was
serious), but I would guess that you could really teach them some
amazing things that you have learned over the years by teaching them
how to make one of your own pieces. After all, who knows them better
Ahem…You did set the parameters for the assignment, your students
met them. Now it is time for you to rise to the occasion. Maybe I
think this way because I sell just about everything I ever make, and
teach whatever anyone wants to know… if i know it… unless nobody
wants it. I think there is only one piece in all of these years that
I have kept, but I have taught others how to make that same thing.
Trust me, it doesn’t come out looking exactly the same because it
isn’t you who is making it. For me, the magic of the piece is in the
making of it, Once it is finished, I let it go.
So let it go. Teach your students what you are best at. They
recognize that, and have given you a great compliment by admiring
what you do so much that they want to slave over attempting it
themselves. What a great opportunity to be selfless. God
forbid…they might even grow to be better jewelers than we are, .
In any case, there really is no graceful way to squirm out of this
without looking like a total moo.
Oh…alright…sigh…there is ooooone way…New Assignment: You
have each student make their own interpretation of your ring…the
requirement being, ( say this to yourself in the nasal voice that it
begs for): that the interpretation can not be the exact
ring…sigh…sigh…sigh… You know of course, as soon as they learn
enough they will make the ring anyway, if only to prove that they
can? No controlling those dang students.
…Do I hear a CHICKEN in the background…??? Hmmmm…must be
one of mine…( I am hoping that you teach them how to make your
ring). In any case, good luck!
Lisa, ( Chickens I own: Arucanas, Leghorn, Buff Orpingtons and Barred
Rocks = blue eggs, green eggs, white egg, pink eggs and brick red
eggs…I am always ready for Easter) Topanga, CA USA