Generally, as I come across a new category of tools, I find myself
having to make a complete setup in order to use them. Then I start
thinking of how many extra dimensions of capability I could have even
by practicing with basic skills.
Because I have no formal background and I am coming into this late in
my life, and because I can’t do this full time, I won’t have enough
years left to be proficient in most of the tools you all have so
generously given me.
But that’s okay. It gives me something to do that isn’t spoiled by my
past, and that’s great for my mental health.
A few months ago, I had once dropped a couple pairs of silver cross
earrings into the collection plate of a church I visit once a month,
because I had no cash and I thought it would be a nice surprise.
The pastor took me aside as I was leaving and told me she deduced
they were from me, and asked what she should do with them. I said,
give them to people who need confidence or comfort.
I haven’t done that since, because I had been focused on learning or
organizing rather than producing. But today I had been talking with a
local head of a suicide support group (I’ve had 4 people in my life
either try or succeed), and she thought it would be a great idea if I
could make art they could auction off.
So I think my life and my hobby as a silversmith are coming a little
more into focus. Just because I may never earn a cent at this, please
don’t think you are wasting your time and your help on me. What I
want to do is just learn to make beautiful things and give them away.
as an amateur I am entitled to do this, at my own pace of a couple
hours a day, give or take…
and I want to make some people or causes very happy.
It’s all I can think of for now. Are there other jewelers who also
donate thier work to charity rather than live off it?
Andrew Jonathan Fine