I’m an intermediate metalsmith, mainly a serious hobbyist, but
aspiring to develop my jewelry-making skill and artistry to “the next
level”. I think I can get two months off from my day-job this summer
and I am looking at where I might go to get an intensive, amazing
learning experience with really high-level teaching.
As a point of reference, I’ve been to Haystack at least 8 times and,
while I have always loved it, I think I want something even longer
than their sessions. I do not have an art school degree. I’ve done a
fair amount of continuing ed. at the Museum School in Boston, and
workshops in a variety of places.
I want something more substantive than the workshops I’ve done;
something that would involve more serious creative challenges and
more serious critique input. What do people think of this? Do you
know of any programs offered in the May-July time-frame that I should
I am thinking that the particular faculty involved will be an
important issue in my choice. Of my various teachers, Lisa Gralnick
and Susan Kingsley have brought out the best in me. So, One question
is, can you think of other comparable teachers to recommend?
I welcome any suggestions or advice. I know each person’s path is a
personal one, with many factors at play, but you may have some
wisdom of experience that would help me consider my options.